I have to let you in on a secret. I’m a bit ashamed of this. I mean, I am probably the most organized person in the circles where we hang out. How is it that this happened?
My freezers. I never really knew what was in my freezers. They didn’t look messy and I always had a rough idea of what was in them. But then one day as I was putting away meat from a grocery trip, I got super annoyed. So I grabbed my notebook and went downstairs to the chest freezer.
I took all the meat out and laid it on the dryer and washing machine (the chest freezer is in the laundry room). I wrote down how much of each type of meat I had. Then I went back upstairs to my freezer above the refrigerator and did the same thing.
I was amazed to find out that I didn’t have what I thought I had. I just couldn’t believe how poorly I had been keeping track of my freezers. I had more of some stuff and less of others. I know I was wasting money as I was buying more of what I already had. It was time for a change on how I kept track of our freezers.
I have now created a sheet that goes on the side of the refrigerator. There are rows for each type of meat I usually buy then columns for “big freezer” and “little freezer.” I then put it in a sheet protector and folded it in half. With the sheet protector, I can use dry erase markers on it. Each item has how much of it I have in the big freezer and the small freezer. When I take something out for dinner or purchase more at the store, I can easily change the number of packages I have in the freezer. This makes it so much easier when I’m planning my grocery trip.
I wish I had thought of taking a freezer inventory sooner. It is a super simple and easy way to keep track of what I have. No more wasting money on meat I already have. I now feel better prepared when going grocery shopping or meal planning. It’s amazing how something so simple can make such a big difference.
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