Have you heard of Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and founder of the KonMari Method? She has made a name for herself helping others tidy their lives. Consider whether your laboratory's cold storage could benefit from some attention using the KonMari Method! We’re not suggesting that every scientific sample from your lab should “spark joy” in order to warrant you keeping it, but samples you do keep should still be useful, the containers should be legible, and someone in your lab should know what they are. Better yet, have an inventory of all samples stored in your lab! You can earn points for cleaning out samples and starting/updating inventories on the Freezer Challenge scoresheet.
If freezer boxes are perpetually working their way off shelves and threatening to drop on the floor, if you have to battle through several inches of ice to find what you’re looking for, or if it takes you 5+ minutes to find a particular sample you need, then perhaps it is time to put the KonMari Method to work in your laboratory! Find another refrigerator or freezer to use as swing space and get organizing!
Haven't received your Freezer Challenge score sheet yet? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request it! Score sheets are sent out automatically, but sometimes they find their way into spam folders, and sometimes they can't seem to find their way past firewalls, so don't hesitate to contact us if you need yours resent.