03/29/2012 09:01 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Spring Cleaning: Organize Your Freezer Once, Never Do It Again

Don't let frozen food spoil and go to waste. Enjoy your leftovers before it expires while keeping your freezer neat and organized. How do we do that? Containment, coding and labeling are key.

-Store leftovers in square, stackable clear plastic containers. Label each leftover container with the contents and a "used by" date, and rotate older items forward as you add new ones.
-Keep like items such as packages of frozen fruit and vegetables together in freezer bins or simple plastic baskets.
-Color-code freezer bins (or baskets) with colored dot stickers. Green means vegetables, red for meat, yellow for chicken, etc.
-Stack from meals with labels facing out.
-The door is the warmest part of the freezer, so store juice, butter, or frozen waffles there, but never meat.

Flickr photo by Sommer Poquette

For more cleaning tips, check out What's A Disorganized Person To Do?