Packed all the food into a medium and two small coolers. Discovered we have an inordinate number of cold-pack thingies. Well, these will serve well to keep the food cool while the cleaning progresses.
This box definitely needed the bleach solution for its wipe-down. A bag of frozen berries melted and leaked, leaving sticky fruit goop on many surfaces. I removed all the baskets and shelves and wiped everything down.
Next step will be washing all the baskets and shelves. I'm leaning towards using the dishwasher as a short-cut. Then we re-load the freezer.
I'm instituting new policy for the freezer upstairs. It will only hold things that Ericka can access and use herself. Anything that requires someone to prepare will be in the downstairs freezer. This will leave convenience foods in the upstairs freezer and quick-sugar frozen treats. My thinking is that anything Ericka would need help preparing will involve a person who will be able-bodied enough to get it from the basement. While things Ericka can prepare for herself she can't get from there. Seems logical to me.
So the downstairs freezer will require some adjustment from its 3-part division of storage. I'm thinking entree items on top shelf. Pastas and side-dishes on the middle and desserts on the bottom. That should cover thing fairly well. I might want to codify a bit more in order to prevent the top shelves from becoming "whatever we have" shelves. My thinking being to not buy frozen goods for which there is not shelf space.
There will be the process of educating Ericka about this, but I think Kelly, her main PCA will buy into the idea. (Kelly's a control freak, so this sort of scheme should appeal.)