Seriously. Just when I get excited that one area of my life/house is totally under control, I realize that two (or eight, whatever) are totally NOT under control.
**Sneak: I have a fun organizing surprise coming your way in a couple of weeks! Stay tuned.**
I’m lucky enough to have have 3 freezers: the one in the kitchen (it’s a side-by-side, horrible in terms of storage, makes me curse at it regularly), our extra bottom fridge/top freezer in the basement that we brought here from our old house (when you buy 6 gallons of milk at a time, you need an extra fridge), and our half-size deep freeze, a floor model purchased years ago, and still an awesome investment.
I buy lots of stuff in bulk: shredded cheese, chicken, ground beef, bacon, bread. Plus more stuff. Plus all of the applesauce Heather and I make annually. So we use a lot of this space.
However, I often don’t know what I have in the freezers. On the first of the year, prompted by what I don’t know, I cleaned them all out.
And then, I made a list of what’s in them, and stuck the list to the side with a cute magnet.
For example, I had 4 bags of leftover turkey breast from Thanksgiving. So I wrote: Turkey Breast 4 3 2 1. Then, I just cross out the 4 when I grab a bag of it to use, so that I know there are 3 left.
It is SO NICE when I menu plan to look at the list and build meals from there. It’s also really nice when I don’t menu plan, and can look at the list and find something quick.
In short: I’d highly recommend taking an hour to do this. Totally worth it.
Now, here are 3 areas that look horrible, to balance out that win:
Back to another success. Now that the boys are wearing close to the same size in many of their clothes, keeping them straight is difficult. Particularly boxers and t-shirts, but also things that have just been handed down (and therefore I can’t remember where it’s supposed to go now). The conversation usually goes like this:
Me: Luke, those pants are way too short. This is your last day wearing them.
Me, 4 days later, sorting clean laundry: Ok for real. Who wears these pants now?
It’s annoying. And things end up in drawers where they don’t belong, thus they don’t get worn. Putting initials on the tags won’t work unless I want to cross things out. So, I came up with another plan.
Dots. 1 dot for Luke. 2 for Bennett. 3 for Jack Henry.
It’s fail-proof. And, everyone in the family understands the simplicity of the system, so everyone can help sort clean, folded laundry.
It only took me forever to figure this out, but there are still lots of years with all 3 boys in this house and the opportunity to accidentally switch up their clothes, so better late than never, right?
What’s working for you? Or commiserate with me on the areas I’ve let go. Please share!