How To Keep Track Of Freezer Inventory |Step By Step Guide For Creating & Maintaining

How To Keep Track Of Freezer Inventory |Step By Step Guide For Creating & Maintaining

Our freezer was a disorganized mess. Not only did I not know what was in it, but every time I opened the thing up, overwhelm seemed to fill me. The crazy part about the whole situation was, I always felt like we didn’t have anything that we “needed” so I would continue to buy food, from the grocery store, which further added to the chaos. Whenever I had to get something out of the freezer, I would dig through to get what I was looking for and shut it quickly out of frustration.

Does this sound like you? If so, you are definitely in good company!

After what seemed like an eternity of being frustrated every time that we stood in front of our freezer, my husband and I decided that it was time to do something different. We had to fix the problem because it sure as heck wasn’t going to fix itself.

Our solution was to take inventory of what we had in our freezer and create a freezer inventory sheet. We decided that in order to solve the problem, and prevent it from happening in the future, we had to do two things. We needed to not only create a freezer inventory, but maintain that inventory as well.

It has been the solution to our problem and I’m so glad that we took the time to do it. It has changed the way that we cook and meal plan. It helps us keep track of everything that we have in our freezer at all times. We are no longer buying things that we already have on hand and it makes planning meals a breeze.

Today I’m going to show you how to not only create a freezer inventory, but how to maintain that inventory over the long haul. I can guarantee that this will change the game for you! Let’s get into it!

How To Create A Freezer Inventory Easily

Step #1: Take Everything Out Of Your Freezer

The first step in creating a freezer inventory, in an easy way, is to take everything out of your freezer. I know this may seem like a daunting thing to do, but it does make the entire process easier. Take everything out of your freezer and sit it on the counter.

Step #2: Immediately Throw Away The Things That You Know Your Family Is Not Going To Eat

When everything is on your counter, take a good look at what you have. Be honest with yourself about what your family is and is not going to eat. During this step, although it may seem like a wasteful thing to do, I highly recommend that you get rid of any food that you know your family is not going to eat. You know… that cooked chicken that y’all didn’t even like when it was first cooked? Or that convenience meal that you bought from the grocery store that tastes like cardboard? Get rid of that type of stuff.

If you are anything like me, the thought of wasting money bothers you to your core. The reality that I had to learn to face was that the money has already been spent. There is no changing that. What is the point of taking up precious freezer space, with the thought that “one day” you will eat it? Chances are it won’t get eaten, and it will only continue to further clutter your freezer.

Step #3: Write Out Everything That Is In Your Freezer

Now that you’ve taken everything out of your freezer and gotten rid of the things that your family probably won’t eat, take this time to make a list of everything that is in your freezer. While you are listing out everything, be sure to take note of how much of that item you have.

Step #4: Consolidate Like Things

I don’t know about you, but in the past, when I didn’t know what was in my freezer, I would buy duplicates of things. If you are noticing that you have duplicates, put like things together. I find it easiest to do this with freezer bags. Example: Do you have two half bags of corn? Take both bags, toss them in a freezer bag and label the bag.

Step #5: Put Everything Back In Your Freezer In An Organized Way

Now that you have only food your family will eat, you’ve made your list, and consolidated like items, now it’s time to put everything back in your freezer. It’s important to do this in an organized way.

You should use this as an opportunity to organize your freezer. Don’t just toss everything back in your freezer, where you can fit it. Take a few minutes and invest the time needed to organize everything.

Step #6: List On Your Inventory Sheet Where Everything Is In The Freezer

If you have a list of everything and you don’t know where it is, having a freezer inventory won’t be as helpful. It’s important to also take the time to list on your inventory sheet where everything is in your freezer.

Next to the name of each item, make a note where it is located in the freezer. You can write things like: on the side door, on the first shelf in the back, on the righthand side of the bottom shelf… I’m sure you get my point. You don’t have to be super precise about where the food item is, but you do want to list its general location.

Step #7: Put Your Inventory Sheet In A Place Where It Is Easy To Access

Once you create your freezer inventory, it’s important that you keep it where it is easily accessible. You don’t want to keep your freezer inventory in any place where you have to go looking for it. We keep our inventory on our freezer with a magnet. It is accessible to us, at all times, and we don’t have to put any energy into having to go look for it.

How To Keep Track Of Freezer Inventory

Tip #1:

When you use something out of your freezer, cross it off of your inventory sheet right away!

Tip #2:

When you add something to your freezer, add it to your inventory sheet right away!

Tip #3:

I find that freezer inventory sheets get messy after awhile, because of all of the adding and crossing off things. Every once in awhile take the time to rewrite your inventory, in a neat way. This allows you to tell at a glance what you have on hand easily, because you have an organized freezer inventory in front of you.

 

There you have it! These are the steps for creating and maintaining a freezer inventory. Keeping a freezer inventory really does help so much, when it comes to knowing what you have on hand and keeping an organized freezer. I hope that this post inspired you to create your own freezer inventory. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

 

P.S. If you are wanting to start meal planning, but it seems overwhelming, grab my free 7 Steps To Simple Meal Planning Checklist. It guides you through the entire process from start to finish!

 

XO,

Timmeisha

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