“Meating” Our New Freezer

Adam and I have been married over seven years and in those seven years we have never bought an appliance together.

Until now.

If we haven’t been an official married couple, we are now.  Why?

Because we bought a deep freeze together.

This gem was bought for us at an auction shortly after we were married.

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While it wasn’t much of a looker, it worked great for our need for a while.  That is until the seal wouldn’t seal properly.  It wasn’t until after the second time we found our deep freeze defrosting our meat, that we decided it was finally time to invest money in a new deep freeze.  One that wouldn’t waste our meat selection…

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Thawed meat

It was a fun Tuesday night when Adam discovered the bloody mess in our carport…Luckily we were able to save all of it due to catching it in time.  Whew.  If we hadn’t been able to save it, there definitely would have been tears.

The next day Adam did a bit of research to see what would be a good deal and found one 45 minutes away from us.

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We ended up purchasing a FrigidAire upright freezer.  Thereby making our marriage official.  And officially making us adults.  And that, my friends, is sound logic. 🙂

When we moved the new freezer in to our carport we were sure to leave room behind the freezer and wall to promote circulation.  We have stored our freezer in our carport for several summers (hot temperatures and all) and have never had any problem had with the unit not keeping cold.

We keep a chest freezer in our basement for fruits and other freezer meals, but we really like having an upright to store our meats.  Something that we noticed as we were frantically saving the items from our freezer, we realized that we had much more in our freezer.  So, before we stocked our new freezer, we purchased hefty plastic bins.

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As I was taking the meat from other freezers, I organized the cuts of meats into the basket.  This is in hope that we can easily see what we have for meals without digging around in a freezer.  Fridge Label

In addition to purchasing the white Sterilite tubs, we also bought a clear plastic tub to store the ground hamburger.  We wanted to store it like this in the freezer in case of a “thaw-out”; everything would be contained in, well, a container that could be easily cleaned.

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We do keep a bit of fruit in this freezer in the form of applesauce and the idea of having meat stored above it grossed me out.  So all of the meat is stored below; that way if things thawed out, there wouldn’t be gross things dripping on fruit.

In true adult fashion we’re excited to see how our new toy will work for us!

Anyone else have an emergency freezer clean out?  Please share your stories!  🙂

Storage Borage

Today was glorious!  Absolutely glorious!!  Temperatures reached the low 60s today and I was even able to leave the storm door open.  It.  Was. Awesome!!

With the warm temperatures this week, it has inspired Adam and I to begin planning one of our next home improvement projects.

Storage.

Increasing it to be more exact.

Our humble home was not built to be a place where someone lived; it was built to be a school.  Selfishly, I do wish they had our storage tubs in mind when they made plans for the space under the staircase…just kidding (kind of).  With limited space under our stairs we have had to be somewhat creative when it comes to storing family keepsakes and seasonal decorations.  We have been careful to only hold onto things that have meaning and/or serve a purpose, but it hasn’t prevented from odd collections of tubs in our family room downstairs.

Case in point…

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The west wall under the windows has been lined with items that don’t fit under our stairs and we feel are too delicate to store outside in our carport.  We also have plans to have cabinets with doors built to sit on either side of the fireplace.  The cabinets will match the cabinets we have in our basement hallway to help tie everything together (although I did have my eye on these plans).  But until we can have them built, we are trying our best to manage with what we have.  That’s where these doors come in to the picture:

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We have a spacious carport that is built into the hill of our house.  Shortly after we moved in to our house, Adam moved the doors farther into our drive to allow for more storage in this area.  Unfortunately, there haven’t been designated spots for a lot of the items so when it comes time to put them away, this is how it ends up.

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You can’t tell from the pictures, but the storage tubs and scrap wood are organized.

Kind of.

So how will this spot of house help us with our storage in the basement?

In this corner we want to build storage shelves in a “U-shape” (like these) to maximize storage and allow us to easily access our tubs and allow us to store more tubs efficiently.  Currently, we have to un-stack the piles anytime we want to get to certain tubs.  Which makes it really convenient inconvenient.

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In the opposite corner, we want to add storage for our bikes and plywood scrapes.  Since we will build shelves on the other side our tubs will be moved to allow for vertical storage of these scraps.  Adam has some neat ideas for this area I can’t wait to share with you closer to project time.  We would also like to hang our bikes in the corner.  Mainly to keep them from taking up space in the middle and allow us to really use the space more efficiently.  DSC_0699

After 7 years of living in our home, we feel like we have a good handle on what our needs are and how our humble schoolhouse can work for us.

We won’t be able to get to this project until late spring, but we are so excited to get this space to work for us.  Instead of the other way around.  🙂

Do you have any spring projects you’re gearing up for in the future?  Or have suggestions for Adam and I before we begin this project?