Day #11 ~ Getting Organized Challenge (The FREEZER)

January 13, 2011

Before we get into today’s challenge, I wanted to share an email I received from a fan of my blog. This email is why I do what I do!

                         Hi Toni,

I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying your challenge.  I found your blog through a post on Ali Edward’s site.  A participant in her “one little word” community was doing your challenge, and offered the link.  I feel so fortunate to have found it.

Being organized is a constant battle for me.  Your challenge offers (mostly) short, directed, do-able projects.  Since I was 5 days behind when I found it, I doubled or tripled up some days to catch up.  Thanks to some prior organizing/purging in the first days of January, my laundry room was already done – and I have to say, that made a world of difference for me.  It feels so good to be able to breathe in a space, and to feel calm, not chaos.  I only have the toy challenge to complete to be caught up, but that is the most daunting, because that is an area that is always a mess.  Hopefully we can dig deep, purge, and enjoy the benefit of “less is more.”

Thank you for this slow-but-steady approach to getting an organized, peaceful home.  Having a specific challenge each day is so helpful.   In the end, we will all win the race, and be so much better off for it.

I was wondering if you are still offering free shipping for new Shaklee products – I’d like to try a few.

Thanks so much!  Your blog is a new favorite!

Kris, Thank YOU for participating in the challenge. I’m glad I can be a help to everyone who is trying to organize their lives. I love getting emails like these.  I read every one and take it all to heart.  Im just happy to be able to bring everyone together through blogging, to share ideas and inspire each other!

If you are new to the challenge, click on the button below to see what it’s all about and join in!

Today will be one of those…. ugh days!  The freezer isn’t the first thing we think about when we get excited to organize right?  BUT… once you organize it, you will be so happy!  I was.

So, take your picture… pull everything out (and throw away the old freezer burnt blocks of ice-I mean food), and start scrubbing.  Then put it all back in a pretty, organized, categorized fashion. I used some bins from the dollar store.  They worked perfectly. Now all we have to do is just pull the bin out to get what we want. Its much easier to find the things we want, fast!  :)

I will give you a hint for tomorrow’s challenge.  Its a cabinet and it contains stuff to make our food yummy when we cook!

Happy Organizing.  I can’t wait to see your freezers!

Here is mine…

It hasn’t been cleaned out and organized in at least 6 months. 

Sorry abou the horrible pictures.

 I didn’t even know what was in there. So, I thought baskets would be perfect for us. These were $1.00 from the Dollar Tree!

The baskets & drawers are categorized into like items:

1. Nuts (almonds & walnuts)
2. Breads (waffles & biscuits)
3. Meats
4. Smoothie items
5. Frozen Vegetables
6.  The door holds frozen juices (not pictured)

If you stand them up, the oldest veggies should be in the front of the row.

An organized freezer will make a world of difference for you!  

What do your freezers look like?  Are they as messy as mine?

Don’t forget to vote today! Just click on the box and your vote is cast!


18 comments on “Day #11 ~ Getting Organized Challenge (The FREEZER)

  1. Jenna says:

    oh… this should be fun… ek! And I love the tip for the next day’s challege, thanks for the tip, because I’ll have to make a run to the store for containers or something for that cabinet.

  2. Jill says:

    I did my freezer before xmas but I amsure it can be done again. I like the idea of the baskets, I only have asmall freezer but see what can work. I also didn’t know you could freeze nuts. I love learningall these new things

  3. lofteeideas says:

    I was just thinking the freezer would be my next project if you assign something that doenst need attention in my home. I just did my fridge (although i think you might assign that too) and we have to kinda dig and tetris the freezer.
    i love the baskets in yours, looks like a great solution, kinda like drawers you can pull out.
    im loving the challeng btw!

  4. Samantha says:

    Hey Toni,
    I can’t add to the linky, it says it won’t be available til tomorrow morning your time. Has it got the right date on it?
    Samantha x

  5. CAS says:

    I’ve been enjoying these challenges, but have had to cut down on the postings. The only ones I haven’t done are the dresser (too personal to show), toy organization (no children at home, so no toys), laundry (will try to touch on that one soon), & the freezer (did that one a month ago). We are listing our house for sale this week, so making huge messes to clean something is out of the question. Also, anything that is not actually part of the house (like dresser drawers) is not a priority right now. I truly appreciate all the time you are putting into these challenges, and will continue to follow along even when I cannot participate.

  6. Tia says:

    Ohh. Is it wrong that I am sad that I can’t link up? lol Linky Linky you have the wrong date. 🙁

  7. Hillery says:

    Love the basket idea!! I really enjoyed that e-mail as well. I think she really summed up what a lot of us are thinking. Thanks for the challenge.

  8. Jennifer says:

    Hey Toni! My freezer is itty bitty! This should be an easy one today! =)

    Thanks for hosting this amazingness! <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  9. Fan-freakin-tastic! Never thought to use bins in the freezer. The next chance I get I’m gettin some and gettin it done! Thanks! This is the best challenge ever and is totally getting my house in shape!

  10. Love the veggies stacked up. We only use a half bag at a time right now but that would come in handy if we didn’t!

  11. Becky says:

    Toni – I’m a basket and labeler in my freezer too! Just did my frig the other day and used my Shaklee window cleaner for the shelves – they look sparkling and amazing. Can’t believe it every time I open the frig door and it’s so bright in there. Still have to tackle the condiment area – that never ends getting yucky!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  12. Beth's Blog says:

    Toni, are you planning on making up a monthly organizing plan at the end of the month that we can follow all year, or keep doing something on or blog?

  13. Toni says:

    Thanks for linking up everyone. Beth I will be doing an organizing plan for everyone to be a part of. Stay tuned!

  14. CAS says:

    Your blog has been so fun and inspiring. I’ve given you an award, so come over and check it out.

  15. bella (roz) says:

    I just found your blog and just LOVE it and all that you are offering to help us get organized. I’m now following and looking forward to more advise! Please stop over and join me on my “Fresh, Clean, and Pure Fridays” where ANY blogger can add a post on how they are cleaning up their lives and lifestyles. Your blog posts are PERFECT! Thanks again and for truly inspiring me to get organized!!!! Roz over at La Bella Vita

  16. Can I just say how much I adore those containers you used? I’m such a copy cat and had to get me some of the same ones and use them in my freezer. I guess you can take it as a compliment that I want my freezer to look just like yours! I’m way behind on the challenges since I just found your blog on Day 9, but you better believe I’ll be working hard to get caught up or at least do what I can. This is just what I needed to help motivate me to reclaim my house and start fresh for the new year! Thanks for all of your hard work and inspiration!


  17. I use containers in my fridge, but never in my freezer. I like this idea. Thanks for posting!

  18. prolix says:

    Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life


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