|What a mess!|
Luckily, we save cardboard boxes of all sizes in our basement. So I found suitable sizes for each freezer category and, after writing down the contents of the package on my Inventory Sheet, put the package in the appropriate box. Frozen vegetables go in the wire baskets at the top.
|Nicely organized freezer!|
I now have an Excel spreadsheet with my freezer contents listed, by category and then alphabetically, which shows me how many of each item I have in stock. I can use this to do my menu planning and grocery list each week. In fact, I think I'll probably start doing menu planning for two weeks at a time now. I placed the Inventory sheet in a large manilla envelope and taped it to the outside of the chest freezer so I don't forget to mark off whatever I take out.
My kitchen freezer is now reserved for frozen soups, breads, and breakfast meats (sausage, bacon). Anything for breakfast or lunches went in there as well.
And now - it's on to the "pantry"! I have three sets of metal shelving (4 to 5 shelves each) in the garage where I store canned foods. When our local Kroger had their Mega-Event sale a few weeks ago, I stocked up on canned fruits, soups, sauces, and more - in addition to my normal stockpile. So -- off to inventory and organize those as well!