I was supposed to make crockpot White chicken chili yesterday, but as I started tossing everything in the crockpot I realized we were out of the white beans in the freezer. I had glanced in the freezer and thought I saw them when I created my menu, however it was frozen rice. 🙁 The rice was labeled, but the label was facing towards the back. I was irritated with myself.
I quickly changed dinner to the Crockpot chicken tortilla soup, since we did have black beans. I was ok with that, but still very frustrated of my disorganization. At that very moment, I decided that I would quickly attack my freezers before I went to bed that night. I mean… how hard could it be?
It took just 30 minutes to me to pull everything out, organize and put them all back in.
Yes only it took only 30 minutes to organize my freezer.
My freezers now have a purpose and everything is in its place. No more opening the doors hoping stuff falling out! 🙂 Above you can see a quick snapshot of my standing freezer. Is it perfect? – No, but now I know where everything is. I have my frozen veggies on the top, my frozen pizza, and then my “canned” beans and rice on the next shelf. The bottom rack has our meat on it, from chicken to beef and then the drawer has our ground beef and turkey (both raw and browned).
Now, this post isn’t to show you how to organize your freezers. There is no right way, and I am definitely not an expert at organizing by any means. This post is to tell you about what I learned while cleaning our my freezers. You see… I have 3 freezers -a standup, then I have 2 refrigerators that both have the small freezer space. That is more freezer space than most people have, yet I was running out of room.
I was not using my freezer space properly.
Now look at that overfilled trashcan… yep, I had to throw away some food!! Now, most of the trash was packages -when you find out you have 3 bags of frozen peas open, you are able to combine them to the same bag. When you have 2 bags of chicken nuggets open, you can combine them too. I also found out that I had several opened packages of french fries, I had several frozen pasta that I didn’t know of and 3 rolls of sausage, that I thought we were out of a long time ago.
So… the lesson I learned from my freezer….
Disorganization costs you money!
If I was organized, I would have known I was out of the white beans, and I would have known about all the extra food I had. If you are organized in your freezer and stockpile, then you are able to create your menus from food you have on hand, resulting in saving money. Plus, you won’t have to throw out food that had gone bad… that you completely forgot you had.
I really believe that being organized in other areas in your life will also save you money -if you are organized with your laundry and keep up with it then you will need less clothes for your entire family. If you are organized with your bills and your budgets, then bills will not be paid late. I can go on and on and on -don’t worry. I won’t. 🙂
So short story long… If you want to save more money – get organized!
Take 30 minutes tonight to get that freezer organized. Don’t let it steal that money from you. 😉
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