We have possibly the oldest freezer in the country.  It’s a small freezer that is the twin of our fridge. They would be about 20 years old, and they perfectly fit into the spot that was designed just for them. There is no way we could find a fridge and freezer to fit into these spaces in our kitchen, so we will need to put in a new kitchen when either the fridge or the freezer dies.

But this is no self-defrosting freezer. It’s so old that we need to defrost it every few months.  When I say we, I mean my husband, Graham, defrosts the freezer. Somehow this task has fallen to him, and I am very grateful.

The exciting thing about defrosting the freezer is that we get to go through everything in there and throw out the old stuff and re-organise the items we are keeping.  It’s quite cathartic to throw out things that have sat in the freezer for a few months; all placed there with the intention of being eaten at a later date. But we have moved on, and those leftovers are not so tempting any more.

Every organisation and workplace needs to have a clean up every few months. You need to slow down to speed up. Every few months, possibly quarterly, it is good to review what is working well and what is not. To “throw out” processes and procedures that don’t serve you any more.

We need to refresh our work environment constantly. We need to challenge our thinking; we need to stop hanging on to “we’ve always done it this way” conversations. This will help us keep the energy up and ensure that we keep our teams engaged and looking forward.

Defrosting the freezer is a bit of a yucky job. It takes a bit of time, and you have to do it in one go. You can’t do it bit by bit. You either defrost the freezer, or you don’t.

But the benefits are so good. You can easily open the drawers; you can see what is in the freezer, you don’t have old foodstuffs taking up space. You feel energised by the prospects of all those new empty spaces in the freezer.

Keep your team energised – renew and refresh your workplace every three months.

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