Money Saving Mom is hosting a Clear Out the Clutter Challenge, and I'm up for it! Yesterday as I stuffed my cheap DiGiorno Pizzas into the freezer, I realized I was in sore need of a clearing out and had it on my to-do list for today. We have a side by side refrigerator/freezer and that's it for my frozen stuff, so I have to get pretty creative with storing all my deals! My hubby wants a deep-freeze for our garage, but our garage is tiny so I can't imagine where on earth we'd put that thing! So, a good cleaning out might save my garage a little space!
Here's the before picture . . .
And, here's the after picture . . .
It only took me about 15 minutes to do, but it's SO MUCH BETTER! I didn't think it would make a big difference at all, but it's HUGE! Inside that little freezer are 8 pounds of pork and chicken, 6 packages of hot dogs, 3 pizzas (2 with bread sticks), 3 HUGE bags chicken nuggets, 8 packages cheddar cheese, 22 bags frozen veggies (I need to take some to donate!), 3 boxes Uncrustables, and quite a bit of meat that I pre-cooked just to name a few of the items! What's funny is I was thinking I didn't have enough cheese or lunch meat, and there were four packages of lunch meat (we don't eat much so that will last us forever), and eight cheese which surely will tide me over until the next deal!
I didn't get rid of much, only a few hamburger buns that have completely been taken over by freezer burn (any suggestions on freezing hamburger or hotdog buns?) and some frozen strawberries from when we picked them last year (I figure it's almost time to pick them again so I should thaw them out and figure out what to make with them – maybe a little strawberry pie is in order!) I can't get over the space a little just re-organizing afforded me!
Check out how others are organizing over at Money Saving Mom, and take the challenge yourself! My 15 minutes of time not only gave me an organized freezer, it also gave me a better sense of what items I'm short on and what things I have plenty of. (I even found an unclaimed Klondike bar – it's a gold mine in there!) Happy Organizing!
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