i had been waiting until this morning to do it, so i finally did it: i opened my freezer and threw everything out! i figured id wait until trash day so it wouldnt have to stink up my house with the turned meat and stuff. i was afraid of how bad it was going to be, but i was pleasantly surprised. there was still bits of ice still in the ice trays! the only problem was the old ice cream that had been sitting in there for a while- it got really soupy! but at least its done now, while i have some free time.