Weekend Projects

This Weekend: Set a 30-Minute Timer For This Mindless But Must-Do Task

updated May 3, 2019
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When your freezer is clean and organized, cooking gets easier: you can see what food you actually have, less food gets freezer burn, and you’re better equipped to face weekday meals. While it’s still cold out, take advantage of nature’s icebox and stick your frozen foods outside while you give your freezer one a good scrub down.

This Weekend’s Assignment: Clean and organize your freezer!

But wait! Before you get going, take a quick “before” shot so you can look back and remind yourself of how disorganized and overstuffed your freezer really was.

(Image credit: Gina Eykemans)

First, Clean It!: Do a quick blitz and get rid of any unwanted or unusable food. On the chopping block are any packages hit by ice crystals, mysterious or unlabeled food, and anything that was frozen so long ago you can’t even remember doing it. And trust me, that leftover soup you hated the first time around isn’t any tastier months later. Get rid of it.

(Image credit: Gina Eykemans)

Reorganize What’s Left: A well packed freezer is a cook’s dream. When food is packaged and organized well, it lasts longer and won’t go to waste. You’ll know where everything is and won’t lose anything under a pile in the back.

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do. This is a marathon, not a sprint!

  • Help motivate others by letting the rest of us know how things are going! Share your tips and photos of your Weekend Project work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ATweekendproject.
  • Check out 2017’s entire Plan for a Healthy & Happy Home to access all Weekend Project ideas, so you can pick and choose what to do this weekend.
  • Download our February Home Checklist. It’s a free, downloadable, low-pressure list of things to try this month if you want to keep your life and home running like a well-oiled machine. Pick and choose what and how much you want to tackle, and have the satisfaction of crossing them off the list!