This Surprising $6 Find Is the Key to a More Organized Freezer, According to The Home Edit

updated Jan 4, 2021
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It’s rare to see a freezer that’s not a mess. All too often, it’s where extra slabs of meat, random leftovers, and brown bananas that you were (allegedly) saving to make banana bread go to die of frostbite. And honestly, it’s not even our fault: Freezers are dark and awkwardly designed. 

If you’re familiar with The Home Edit, though, you know that there isn’t a mess Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer can’t turn into an organized masterpiece. They are so famous for their picturesque pantries and drool-worthy refrigerators that they became Netflix stars in 2020.

When I asked them how to fix up the biggest problem area in my home, they did not disappoint. “We use these hanging file holders from the office section of The Container Store so that the drawer freezers don’t become a graveyard,” says Shearer. The hanging folders fit on the rails of the drawer and the bins can also be used separately to corral bags and such. How brilliant is that?

Credit: Emily Shwake

I don’t have a drawer freezer, but the shape is even more ridiculous — it doesn’t even have shelves! It’s just a big box full of haphazardly stacked items. As someone who organizes for fun, it is my greatest shame. Luckily, this tip worked almost as well for my upright freezer as it does for drawers. I got those File Storage Boxes and just used them without the folders (don’t worry — I put them to good use elsewhere!).

Credit: Emily Shwake

Because I can never distinguish my own items from my roommate’s, I decided to get two of these file holders, so we could each have a zone in the freezer. Once I took everything out and wiped down the interior, I sorted our items into the organizers and stuck them on opposite ends. I designated the center area to oversized items. I could not believe how much better the freezer looked. The shape of the bins ensure that none of that precious vertical space goes to waste, and the clear plastic allows us to see everything inside them. Finally, I have a fully functional freezer that I’m happy to show off to my guests.