Day 15 - Freezer {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 15 - Freezer {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge}

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Day 15 - Freezer {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge}

Have you ever felt overwhelmed during the month of December with all the stuff that enters your home? The trick I've found helps me is to declutter throughout the month. Will you join me in the Net Zero Decluttering Challenge?

Each day this month I'll share some decluttering tips and ideas so you can end the month with the same number of items in your home (or maybe even less!) than what you started the month with.

Today I'm sharing tips on decluttering your freezer (either the one above/below/beside your fridge or a chest freezer or an upright freezer or all of the above!).

Today's Suggested Decluttering Task

Just like your fridge, your freezer works hard for you during the holidays.  From frozen appetizers to pull out at holiday parties, to frozen holiday desserts, to freezer meals you can pull out on those busy December nights, to frozen fruit for quick morning smoothies... your freezer is working overtime this month!

Decluttering your freezer will help make space for all those foods you need to keep in it this month, and make it easier to find what you need quickly.

Here are a few tips to declutter your freezer:

  • Toss anything that is freezer burned (depending on how often you declutter your freezer, this could be a lot of food)
  • Throw out foods that are so old that you've forgotten they were in your freezer
  • Give away items that are still good but that you won't be using in the next month
  • Declutter extra freezer packs (you can always freeze a water bottle as an ice pack and then you can drink the water when it thaws)
Just like when you decluttered your fridge, you can use up items in your freezer as a way of decluttering them.  That will create space for the foods you want to store in your freezer during the holidays.

If you'd like to organize your freezer and maximize the space inside, check out this post:

Decluttering My Freezer

I didn't find much to declutter in the freezer above my fridge.  We use things in here all the time and I'm constantly moving things through.

I just tossed these 5 things:

I kept meaning to thaw that package of turkey to use it but it got buried in one of my bins and now it's too freezer-burnt to use.  The lemonade has been in there for a long time and the date was from 2014 so I didn't think it would taste as good any more.  Same for the 3 freezies... I'm sure they haven't gone bad, but they had some ice in them and I figured they wouldn't taste as good or look as nice to my kids or their friends if I served them.

I really need to declutter my downstairs chest freezer.  I'm hoping to do that soon... I'm sure I'll find some freezer-burnt food in there.

My Progress in the #NetZeroClutter challenge

Nothing new entered our house today.  So that puts me at -5 items today in the #NetZeroClutter challenge and -286 overall.  

What's Next For You?

Take some time today to declutter your freezer(s). Or anything you'd like to declutter!  Take some pictures and share your progress on social media using the hashtag #NetZeroClutter.  Let me know how you're doing in the challenge so I can cheer you on!

Sign up to receive my blog posts by email so you get each day's post in your email inbox every morning.  You can unsubscribe after the challenge is over if you don't want to continue receiving my blog posts by email.

I'd also love for you to join our 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group as you do this challenge!  You'll be able to share with others what you're decluttering and feel encouraged and inspired by everyone else who is also decluttering!

If you'd like more decluttering ideas, you can check out my Decluttering/Purging Tips & Ideas board on Pinterest.

So that's today's post in the Net Zero Decluttering Challenge!  I'm enjoying doing this challenge and I'm excited to have you join me.  I love hearing all the stories of how much more you're enjoying your holidays because you're not overwhelmed by all the stuff in your home!

What was the most freezer burned item you decluttered from your freezer today?  How can you keep better track of what you have to avoid freezer clutter?

Happy organizing decluttering!

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Here are all the posts in this challenge in case you missed any or want to share some with your friends or family!


  1. I think my husband will have to murder me in my sleep if I throw out all the freezer burnt stuff. He likes to eat it no matter how long it's been in there or how unrecognizable as food. :-0 My best hope is to try & chase him down with a sharpie and label stuff before he sticks stuff in there!

    1. Oh my Jill! I don't want any murdering in your sleep happening :) I guess if he's still willing to eat it then you might as well keep it! Good luck with your Sharpie :)

  2. Yeah, he makes it all into mystery meat salad! :-) I made a king's ranch casserole last night and he was asking me if I had used the bags of cooked bird that were in the freezer door. I was all, "I saw those and wondered about them, but I just cooked drumsticks because I didn't know what they were." He said, "They were either chicken or turkey." I like to know for certain, you know? :-)

    1. Yep I totally understand Jill! Mystery meat salad... that's a new one!

  3. We cleaned out our chest freezer last month before we did our big bulk shopping trip. Oh that was a job! lol I'm glad it's done now. Biggest challenge is keeping the kids from mixing everything up in there when they are trying to find something.

    1. I'm hoping the next freezer I ever get is an upright one for that same reason Kim... everything gets so easily messed up and it's hard to find things! Good job cleaning yours out!


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