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We are knee deep in summer, but you know what is lurking right around the corner, right?! It is time to start getting ready for back to school and there is much more to this time of year than new clothes and school supplies. I have learned that, as a mom, I have to think big picture and one of the things I realized last year that was extremely helpful for the back to school season was being as organized as possible, especially when it comes to meals and organization. That is why today I am sharing how I overhauled my chest freezer and made it so functional anyone in my house can find what they need easily and I know exactly what I have on hand at all times. Check it out!
To truly appreciate the beauty of the organization and transformation, you have to see the before picture. Chaos!
It was out of control and no matter how much I insisted things were in there, it was near impossible for anyone to find anything that wasn’t right on the top. This had to change. The first thing I did was pull everything out, throw away anything that was old and cleaned out the whole freezer.
Then I put the dividers back in and started sorting my food and putting it back. The sections that made the most sense for me were protein, prepared meals, fruits & veggies, breads and dairy & misc. items. It is amazing how a little thought and patience can make things fit so nicely, also helpful was my husband writing down our inventory as things went back in so we know exactly what we have! Do you see those Jimmy Dean® Pancakes & Sausage on the top? Those are a family favorite, we always have a couple boxes on hand! They are high quality with low effort which are two necessities in my back to school morning routine. Plus, there are even stickers on the packages for a limited time that offer even more savings!
Once everything is back in the freezer, I turned my attention to outside of the freezer, I wanted the inventory posted on the door so everything was easy to locate, even for my husband. I made a set of printables large enough for a chest freezer and you can download those here —> Freezer Organization Printables. I started by printing them out on cardstock.
Then I put them in some laminating pockets and ran them through my personal laminator so they were both sturdy and reusable with a dry erase marker.
I also cut larger labels with my Cricut out of black permanent vinyl and removed the excess and applied transfer tape. If you don’t have a Cricut, the same labels are on the printables, I just wanted to add the larger vinyl for extra ease.
When I got to the freezer, I arranged things loosely in the same way that they were inside the freezer so the upper right in the freezer is prepared meals so the upper right on the door was prepared meals as well.
Once everything worked out, I used easy remove adhesive strips to apply the laminated sheets to the door and peeled the backing off the vinyl and applied both the vinyl and the transfer tape to the door. Then I slowly peeled the transfer tape off leaving the vinyl behind.
All that is left at this point is to fill in your list so everything is up to date! Not only do I now know exactly what I have, I know how much and where it is so meal planning will be a breeze! Also, when I go to the store it will be easy to see what I need to stock up on which around back to school time is usually a lot of easy breakfast items! During the school year, I always like to make sure Avery goes to school with something warm in her tummy and some of our favorites are the Jimmy Dean® Pancakes & Sausage and Jimmy Dean® Fully Cooked Links & Patties, as you can see I am already starting to stock those in my freezer! What is great is they are always in stock at a great price at Walmart and I can pick up a box or two on each one of my trips and there is plenty of space and they will be easy to find in my organized freezer.
How do you get ready for the back to school routine? Do you use Ibotta to save money on your back to school shopping?