Alternative title: How One Mum’s Lack Of Organisation Almost Injured Her Kid!
Yep, we almost had a serious accident in our home this past weekend! My youngest had run over to the fridge after finishing his dinner. Very enthusiastically, he opened the freezer door to get the promised ice cream out. Only before he could get to the ice cream, two containers of frozen meals fell out and hit him on the head. Then they broke open on hitting the tile floor. Ok I did not have an organised freezer!
I know, I know!! Decluttering the freezer has been on my to-do list for a while. I wasn’t sure how long I could put if off and get away with my “just shove in it and close the door quick” strategy. However I didn’t expect my procrastination to result with a bump on the head of my 6 year old.
Well this weekend I made it a priority, with the help of a bit guilt and the knowledge that falling freezer items had now become a safety issue in my home.
Guess what? The whole task only took me 15 minutes!! I know 15 minutes!! And a couple of extra minutes to write down what I actually had in the freezer so I could use it up.
You Can Have An Organised Freezer!!
So here’s the simple and quick way to clean out your freezer and prevent your kids from getting hit on the head with basically, 1/2 kg ice bricks.
Step 1. Open the freezer door and hope nothing else falls out in the process!!
Step 2. Empty all the contents of the freezer onto the kitchen bench.
Discard anything that’s too old, not what sure what it is anymore, affected by freezer burn or probably won’t get used. Like 4 or more packets of bread with just the crusts left in it.
See here for an idea of how long you can keep specific foods frozen for.
Step 3. Wipe out the freezer sides and shelves.
Make your own natural fridge/ freezer cleaner and reduce the need for chemicals which could be absorbed by the food.
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup hot water
- 3-5 drops of your favourite essential oil
Add all ingredients to an empty spray bottle and shake. Then spray to use!
Step 4. Re-stock the freezer with what you are going to keep.
Make sure to note down what food you are putting back in the freezer and the quantities of each. That will help in creating your next weekly meal plan and use up some of the contents. I created a simple Freezer Inventory Printable for just that purpose.
Also label each bag or container you put back with the contents and date it was frozen if you know. A simple way is to use a marker and write straight on the packaging.
Storage Tip: To avoid freezer burn ruining your frozen food, repackage any food that has parts exposed to the air and is still ok to use.
Examples of suitable packaging are freezer bags, BPA plastic or glass storage containers, ziplock bags, or cling wrap with aluminium foil over the top.