If the contents of your freezer are a big, messy mystery, get this FREE freezer inventory printable to save time and money!
I owe a lot to my freezers. They have come to my rescue on busy nights with a bag of ravioli or a tub of frozen soup. And they’ve given me an excuse to buy five loaves of our favorite bread when it goes on sale or 15 pounds of ground beef from a local farmer.
But I haven’t always been kind to my freezers. In the past, our bottom drawer freezer and basement chest freezer have become dumping grounds, where food is tossed and forgotten in a big, cold, unorganized heap.
That all changed earlier this year, thanks to the “Get Your Kitchen Organized” Challenge I did with Katie from Mom’s Kitchen Handbook. We had nearly 600 people sign up and whip their kitchens into shape. We went zone by zone, tackling chaos and mess in our pantries, refrigerators, drawers, cupboards and freezers. My freezers got a makeover that has not only made meal planning easier but (I’m happy to report) has also stuck.
(Missed the challenge? We may be doing another round later this year, so stay tuned!)
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A crucial part of a freezer re-org is keeping an inventory. Ever dug around in a freezer until your fingers were numb for that pound of chicken breasts you could’ve sworn you bought? I have. It’s much easier to quickly consult a list (with nice warm fingers) and get on with life. This list also helps with meal planning and food shopping. Skim down the list, then build your meal plan and grocery list around what you have (and don’t have).
Some people keep these kinds of lists on their smartphones in an app. A friend of mine tracks her stash on a whiteboard and simply erases items as she uses them. I’m an old-school pen-and-paper gal, so I created this freezer inventory printable for our challenge group. And now I want to share it with all of you. I hope this help you stay organized too!