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It’s Confession Time: I’m A Hoarder!

I have a confession: I am a hoarder. I have a problem. Do they have Anonymous groups for people that don’t know how to use up stockpiles? Because I either need to join one or start one. Seriously, people! I knew my freezer was hitting capacity and needed some organization, but I had no idea it was this bad!

I finally had a free moment so I stole to the basement freezer equipped in my winter wear and gloves and started organizing and taking inventory of what was on hand. Holy Chicken Vegetables Pork COW! I might have enough in that thing to feed a small African village. I’m not kidding!

For proof, I have taken inventory and am showing you what we have stored away. I have also created a new handy dandy Once A Month Mom Freezer Inventory worksheet to help me you keep organized.

In future months, when I have more time to also record the dates of when items went into the freezer. I will highlight items that need to be used soon for risk of going bad. This would be a great tip for you as well. You don’t want that hard work to go to waste!

My new rule of thumb will be to print this off the 1st of every month and keep it taped to the freezer. When we take something out I will cross it off the page. When we add something to the freezer, I will write it in on my worksheet. On the first of the next month I will take down the pages, make the updates, and re-post it on the freezer. (I really hope this helps). We need to be good stewards of what is in our freezer and not waste it on groceries and other goods throughout the month.

For now, I have a lot of food to use up! So I am planning this week’s menu around using up some of this food. Yes, I do have a baby on the way and want my freezer stocked for that, but I must FIRST make room by using up food that will go bad between now and then. And let’s face it folks, I need to work on my addiction here!

Tricia’s October Freezer Inventory Worksheet

Tricia’s Menu Plan – October 19th

What about you, do you need some freezer organization? If so, download the new worksheet and take inventory!

6 Responses to “It’s Confession Time: I’m A Hoarder!”

  1. Miriam says:

    My 2 small freezers are a mess, and they are full – of what I don’t know! I’m afraid to organize them, but I know I’d better do it soon before my baby belly gets much bigger and I won’t be able to reach in there!

  2. Amy says:

    I’m impressed by the variety of frozen veggies you have. I’m gonna have to start inventorying those types of foods too.

    I keep 2 handwritten inventory sheets on the outside of my fridge in the kitchen. One has all the raw meats. The other has all the homemade freezer meals including breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The freezer is in the basement. It would be nice to have the inventories on the freezer so I’d remember to scratch off an item when I take it out. I like the list better upstairs, so I don’t have to walk down there when I plan out the week’s menu.

  3. Lanna says:

    Oh my stars. If you’re a hoarder, I don’t even want to know what I am. *blush* Even more so if you add in my dry goods pantry what with all my baking/cooking goods and home-grown/home-canned goods and my “root cellar” things out in the garage (winter squash, some apples).

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