For the longest time, my freezer has been full. What of, I wasn’t exactly sure. It had become a place of well-meaning gone wrong. Frozen leftovers from dinner for lunches… long forgotten about. I couldn’t even tell you how long some of the food had been in there, or even what the original food was, because NOTHING was labelled. We also had a second chest freezer, which has since sold.
Here are some free printable’s for you for your freezer inventory:
Simply print, laminate and use with a whiteboard marker. This is then easy to wipe off and start again when required.
Another tip for managing your freezer is to label everything with these items:
- What the food is.
- When it was frozen.
- When it needs to be used by.
I also include allergens, for ease of use in my personal circumstances.
My pantry was not much different. There was a general vibe to where stuff went, but it became more of a “shove it in where it fits” kind of philosophy. Then the disorganization would break my patience and it would get unpacked and re-stacked. Only to repeat the process a few months later! For those of you who know me, you understand what I’m saying here! Here are three top tips to tame your pantry:
My number one top tip for the pantry is to only have it there what you actually use. If it’s a one-off buy, either find a use for it, or donate it somewhere that it will get used (as long as it’s not yet opened).
My second top tip is to have a “snacks box”. This means that the kids (and husband) know what there is to eat, and can help themselves – this is of course, depended on age – the kids, not the husband!
My third top tip is to have a meal plan. Minimalism is my friend. It makes my heart happy when I have what I need and no more. Meal planning helps me to have what I NEED in the pantry, less mad dashes to the supermarket!
What tips do you have? I’d love to hear from you, comments are open.
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Disclaimer: this post is based on my personal opinion and experiences and may not be applicable to your individual circumstances.
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