How to Organize a Chest Freezer

If you own a chest freezer, I’m betting the inside of yours looks something like this:

How to Organize a Chest Freezer

Yep, mine did too, until yesterday.

I’m telling you, chest freezers may hold a lot of food, but they are beyond difficult to organize. Freezer baskets help some, but they don’t do anything to organize the tall stacks of food that lurk beneath them. And going in for something at the bottom of the freezer? Well, that’s just an avalanche waiting to happen.

Determined to finally find a solution to the problem, my husband and I spent some time brainstorming different solutions, and I’m happy to report that we found one that works. Take a look:

Chest Freezer -Organized

Big improvement, right? Those red crates that you see in my freezer are Sterilite Locker Crates, and we found them on clearance at Walmart for $3 each. As the name suggests, they’re designed to fit inside of a locker, but they happen to fit the dimensions of a chest freezer perfectly, too.

Sterilite Locker Crates

Locker Crate

We were able to fit five crates in our freezer – that gave us one for meat, one for fruit, one for veggies, one for nuts and one for jars, with a bit of space left over for stacking flour and additional jars of homemade goodness.

I love that everything is grouped by what it is, and that getting to something at the bottom of the freezer is now as simple as lifting out a few crates.

Want to see if your Walmart carries these? Just go here, and click on “find in store.” Both Walmart locations in my town had them available in a variety of colors. I’d recommend checking the clearance aisle because that’s where we found ours.

Comments

  1. Sharon Hughes says

    Won’t the plastic become brittle with time? I keep hoping to find some metal baskets to use…was afraid plastic would be a waste. But your freezer looks great!

    • Erin Huffstetler says

      Plastic Tupperware and ice cube trays do okay in the freezer, so I think these crates will be fine, too. Time will tell, I suppose :) I used metal baskets for years, but always found them frustrating. I’d buy some at yard sales, only to find they didn’t fit my freezer, and when I did find some that fit, they still didn’t stack well. One thing I like about these crates, is that they’re designed to stack.

  2. Debbie says

    This is such a great idea. I do have a lot of food in my freezer but it is pain when looking for something because it falls all over the baskets will help going out and buying them today, Thanks for such a great idea.

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