So guess what, folks? I’ve recently had to admit true defeat in the area of freezer organization. Just a few short months ago, I posted all about my new freezer organizing system. Of course it looked all pretty and I couldn’t forget the colorful labels.
Here’s what it looked like then:
However, this is exactly what it looks today:
Yep, that’s right. It really looks more like the before now. My organizing system just didn’t work. It looked great, but that was about it. Getting things out from bins that weren’t on top was a big pain. There was no room to add anything. The bins ended up wasting quite a bit of space. Plus the freezer is a space that the whole family uses, so the system has to be easy for everyone to use.
This wasn’t the first organizing method I tried in the freezer. A couple years I tried using Container Store plastic bins, and that quickly fell apart also.
Therefore, I’ve finally realized that I just need to compromise here. Yes, I would love to gaze at a freezer full of match-y containers and beautiful labels, but that’s just not functional or practical for everyday family use. Therefore, I have accepted the fact that the appearance of the freezer won’t be magazine worthy, and I am instead being super diligent about keeping up with my freezer inventory sheet:
I wrote down every single thing that was in the freezer and am being super diligent about crossing things off when I use them along with adding new things when I put them in the freezer. That way, I just need to glance at this sheet to know what I have. I’m never digging around for something that’s not there, and I don’t forget about things for months. When I make my meal plan, I usually glance at this inventory to see what I have. (Note: This freezer inventory sheet is part of my recipe binder set which you can get here.)
This compromise is working great for us, and I think it really is the long term solution I have been looking for. When it comes to organizing, I really think we all have some fails. It’s important to be willing to tweak or completely overhaul systems that just aren’t working. I also think it is super important to accept that not every square inch of our homes have to be magazine worthy. The point of organizing something is to help our lives function more smoothly – not the other way around. When a system causes more stress than it relieves, it’s definitely time to let it go.
Here’s a super short video where I talk about my freezer fail:
How about you? Have you had any recent organizing fails? How did you handle them?