Stopping Clutter in your Freezer by Dial-A-Maid Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. 60201. Get together all your tools: a double lined trash can for rejected foods, ice chests to hold declutter survivors, a sink of hot soap water, baking soda, and cleaning cloths.
1. Turn off the freezer and unplug it from the wall. Start at the top, and remove each parcel of food. The freezer declutter rule is simple: if it's sealed, labeled, and fresh, it stays. If it's of unknown age, freezer-burned, or an open container, out it goes.
2. Declutter all foods with torn or open packaging, freezer-burned meat, or any chunk of food you can't identify and date. Run reusable containers under a hot stream of water to loosen the food from the carton. Throw out the food into the double lined trash can, and soak the container in the sink's sudsy water.
3. When the freezer's empty, wipe it out with a paste of baking soda and water. Wipe dry with fresh cleaning cloths. If necessary, remove and wash shelves or organizer baskets in hot soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry before returning them to the freezer. Clean door storage units. Soak and rinse door racks, then dry before returning. Wipe door compartments with baking soda paste, then dry. When the freezer is clean and dry, plug it in and turn it on for 15 minutes before replacing food.
Remember, in order to keep an organized freezer, you must be sure to label each package with the food's name, number of servings, and the date you put it into the freezer. Use a permanent marker pen to write directly on zipper freezer storage bags or print label sheets of commonly frozen foods, such as hamburger patties, spaghetti sauce, chicken pieces, so suggests Dial-A-Maid Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. 60201.