This is the first part of my 3-part series on freezers. Check back next week for the second part.
I’m not sure whether I’ve ever mentioned the fact that I keep my chest freezer in a corner of my living room. Yep, that’s right, it’s actually in my living room!
As I was preparing to start GAPS, I realized there was no way I was going to be able to buy large quantities of meat or store my own pre-made meals in my tiny freezer that’s part of my refrigerator. And I had no idea where I could put a larger freezer. After all, my husband and I live in about 640 square feet in the heart of Boulder. We don’t have a garage; we don’t even have a little storage unit on our balcony. Space tends to be at a premium.
It so happened that I was looking for ideas from my local WAPF chapter about freezers and where to possibly put one. That’s when Meghan of Whole Natural Life mentioned that she lived in a similar-sized space and had a freezer. In her bedroom.
It made me re-think the freezer possibility. We had actually just recently done some rearranging and moved our piano to the other side of the living room. We had been debating whether to get a big, comfy chair or a small table to put in the space. I suggested to my hubby that we put a chest freezer there. He thought I was kidding!
I tried to make it clear that I was completely serious. I also decided to sweeten the deal a bit to help him come around to the notion of a freezer in our living room. After all, it is a pretty unusual thing to do. He had really been wanting to get a wine fridge. I suggested we get both for our little empty corner. After thinking about it for a few days, he was on-board with my plan!
While Craigslist is a great way to find used freezers for cheap, we decided to get a brand new one that was rated to be very quiet. We didn’t want it to be too noisy in our living room with a freezer running. We found one and were able to have it delivered; a big plus when you live on the second floor!
And yes, my hubby got his wine fridge. We found a great deal for one on Craigslist. Now that we knew what we were doing with this space, we added some bookshelves above, since staying organized in a small space is all about vertical storage. I was able to move my cookbooks out of a kitchen cabinet and free up a bit more storage space.
Now we have our “kitchen annex” as we like to call it. Chest freezer, wine fridge, cookbooks, oh and the occasional storage of egg cartons to return to the farm. Ahh, I love it when a story has a happy ending!
Check back next week for the second part of this series: Keeping Track of the Depths of Your Freezer.
Do you live in a small space? How did you make room for a freezer?