One of the most challenging things I find is maintaining a system. Cleaning, cooking, starting a new habit…it doesn’t matter what it is, finding a practical way to maintain anything can be HARD!
It took a bit of trial and error, but I finally came up with a system that works for maintaining our pre-made freezer meals.
I had a few guidelines that I was hoping to follow. This system needed to be simple, SUPER easy to use, and easy to find the items. With parents/family visiting, I want them to be able to utilize the system with very little (or no) guidance.
The first maintenance step actually started during the cooking and bagging process. I labeled every bag/container with the following:
Each bag was then placed in the freezer with a bit of order. Going from left to right, and top to bottom we have
- Breakfast muffins, egg scrambles, fried potatoes, waffles, English muffins
- Lasagnas, chicken bakes
- Cookie dough
- Kung Pao chicken, stir fry kits, teriyaki salmon
- Chili, Chicken soup kits, chicken soap broths
- (In the basket) Taco, pizza, and fajita kits
- Miscellaneous extras–bread, bacon, veggies, chicken breasts, etc.
Knowing what I had and the number of containers, I set about looking for an easy maintenance system.
After some trial and error, I came up with this simple, easy to use system.
A check-off list!
Every item is accounted for and each vertical line represents a bag or container. These lists are broken up into 3 sections.
It’s pretty simple. These lists sit taped to the top of the freezer, in a sheet protector. A dry erase marker sits near the lists to check things off as they are removed from the freezer and brought into the house. If you want a FREE printable version click here!
It isn’t a new state of the art system, but it’s simplicity and functionality work for this chaotic time!