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Having the kids home for the summer can be a little tricky! With just a little planning and organization, your summer could be even better! Kids get cranky when they are hungry… that is why one of the first things on my to do list was snacks. Having good snacks on hand makes it so much easier to keep the kids away from the junk food. (Don’t get me wrong, we love our sweets too – just not all day!) I was so excited when I found these Outshine fruit bars. They are made with real fruit, fruit juice, and even some veggies too!
In order for my kids to be able to find these good snacks in my freezer, we needed to do some organization. We’ve had this chest freezer for years. It’s great, but it gets messy so easy! I finally took some time to come up with some chest freezer organization tips for you.
1 – Containers. Get some containers to help keep your food separated and organized by categories. I found these crates at Wal-Mart. They were the perfect size!
2 – Empty out your freezer (and defrost it while you’re at it.) As you take everything out – toss the old stuff, and sort the good stuff by category. I used 4 crates – veggies, fruit, meat, and treats. I also used 3 smaller crates – butter, jam, and odds and ends.
3 – Recruit help. This was the perfect project to get my daughter helping with. 🙂
4 – Clean freezer. Wipe down all the walls and floor inside the freezer. I know I don’t do this often enough! (If you are short like me, you can’t quite reach the bottom of the freezer… so just climb in…it made it way easier!)
5 – Stock the freezer. With all of your containers organized by category, you are ready to load the freezer back up. I put the more used items on the top. I have one hanging basket that came with my freezer that makes the perfect snack basket! The kids always know where to find a great snack (without me having to go dig for it!) I stocked my snack basket with Pepperoni Hot Pockets and Outshine fruit bars (which can both be found at Wal-Mart.)
6 – Enjoy! Being organized feels so good and having great snacks on hand is wonderful!