Scary, huh? The last straw with this ridiculously cluttered up freezer occurred yesterday. Four cups of frozen vegetable broth in a Ziplock bag came flying out of the freezer and missed my son’s head by a few inches. Yeah, that would have left a mark.
It is sometimes difficult to prepare meals from scratch, but that is mainly fault only of my own. I bring these frustrations on myself because my cabinets and freezer are in such turmoil that I cannot see what is in there to prepare. Not good for a Scratch Mommy!
It was time to implement a permanent solution for my freezer debacle. Organization.
Step 1 – Step Away From The Freezer
I am trying to be very thrifty these days, so I first looked around my house for bins. I looked ALL around my house…there was nothing that would fit my needs, so out to town I went.
Now, I typically avoid the big box stores. I believe that I vote with my dollars, and I vote to support local businesses as much as I can. So, out I went to my favorite local store searching for bins/boxes/something; I found nothing. Well, a big box store was close by and called my name. I went in and they did have what I needed (and they were on sale – five bins for less than $10), so I made my purchase…unfortunately at the big box store. Hey, you can’t win them all, right!?
If you like to shop on Amazon, I found these and they are very comparable to what I purchased and they are working out very well…
Step 2 – Avoid Flying Pigs
It’s time…to unload! I tell you, there was flying ham, bacon, and sausage everywhere! Don’t worry, loyal readers, my sweet Oliver was preoccupied with his John Deere Tractor and not anywhere near the line of fire.
I just piled everything up on the counter and went to work…toss this, keep this, what in the world is this, place this in the pile of fruits, this goes in the meat pile, I think I should make a bin for all of my stocks, and so on. What started out as a daunting task slowly became liberating as I could see a system coming into place. A system …I’ve dreamed of having one of those.
Step 3 – Whistle While You Clean
Why, yes…I did, in fact, use my Homemade, Non-Toxic Household Cleaner to remove all of the gunk from inside my freezer ( how does that stuff get in there, anyway… ). If you are out, or if yours is still brewing, please just select a cleaner that is safe (non-toxic, no crazy chemicals, pure, natural cleaning). Your food goes in here, so let’s keep it clean from not only gunk, but from nasty chemicals.
Step 4 – Breathe Sighs Of Relief And Accomplishment
Neatly sorted, easy to locate, healthy food all within my grasp. I really should have done this a long time ago. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll do my cabinets soon.
When will you breathe your sighs?
What big house organization projects have you tackled lately? What projects do you want or need to tackle? I love hearing from all of you! 🙂
Jess, aka Scratch Mommy
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