I have to admit it, my upright freezer is one of my most prized possessions. This is of the modern marvels that really makes my days easy. I do a lot of couponing, so when I find a great deal I love to stock up. This saves me money and time. I love having a stockpile of items on hand to make whatever dishes I desire. Because of my freezer, I can do this.
I keep items in my freezer organized in plastic bins from Dollar Tree. Before you go out to buy your bins be sure to measure the size of your freezer to ensure that the bins you purchase will fit your shelves. Also, check the width if you want two side by side. I purchased these bins over the last year at my local Dollar Tree. Check yours to see what they have but make sure they will fit. Target, Walmart, and other discount stores will also have bins of varying sizes. If you like, you can make labels for your bins. I just keep them in the same spot so I don’t need them.
I divide items in my freezer into five categories.
Veggies (these take up 2 bins)
Fruit and veggies for smoothies
Dairy (shredded cheese and butter freeze wonderfully)
Meals (frozen meatballs, ravioli, turkey burgers, ect.)
I keep the bottom shelf in my freezer bin free. This is where I keep our frozen lunches. When I cook a dish I freeze several servings in individual containers. My husband and I then use these for lunches at work. I like to keep anywhere from 2-12 servings of meals on that shelf and on the door. We also keep other random homemade frozen items on the shelf such as our meat and bean taco mix and our salsa. I also keep bulk meat purchases on this shelf. As you can see, I recently ran into a sale on ground turkey. I have rain checks to pick up more when I get more space.
I chose a chilly winter day to organize my freezer because I live in Florida and the food will start to melt any other day. Anyways, go through your freezer and toss out anything you deep down you will never use or is just too old to be any good. I recommend thoroughly going through your freezer every 6 months to toss anything that is too old or you no longer need. Also, this is a good time to check if it needs to be defrosted. My freezer is a frost free model, but they all still should be unpacked and looked at.
My last piece of advice for your freezer is to invest in a refrigerator/freezer thermometer. I keep mine hanging right in front. This way, you can open your freezer and feel safe knowing it is working properly. If you ever see that mercury (or whatever they use these days) rise, then you know you might have a problem on your hands. I keep my deep freezer at below 0 degrees fahrenheit as is recommended by the FDA. As you can see my thermometer has a nice bold line to remind me of the temperature to keep. It really helps!
You may also want to consider investing in a freezer alarm to alert you if the temperature drops.