We're on our second summer now without our own fruit trees and while it does take some getting used to (and makes me very sad at peach and plum time in particular) I find that I am not overly sad to not have our two cherry trees to care for anymore. I found cherry trees to be quite a bit of work to prune and maintain and they were the one fruit tree that I was never able to care for without spray due to the pesky cherry fruit fly. These last two years I've gone to a local cherry orchard and spent a peaceful hour picking cherries in their trees and then gone home to pit and freeze them all. Easy peasy.
It is quick and easy - a bit messy but nothing that a covering of newspaper won't solve (I used to do this outside at our old house simply because I was doing so many and didn't want their juice sprayed everywhere). Once they are pitted I freeze them on cookie sheets and then put them into some re-cycled clear plastic salad containers. My dear friend Katherine turned me onto this idea and I am so grateful for it, it keeps my freezers much more organized than when I used plastic freezer bags for all my fruit.