We’ve had a chest-type freezer for the last 12 years. Chest-types are arguably more efficient than uprights, and I find the flat surface of the lid very useful as a work surface from time to time.
The one drawback to chest freezers, and perhaps the biggest complaint I hear from others, is that it’s difficult to find what you need in them. No one likes to dig around to find what they’re looking for.
My solution to that problem has been to buy inexpensive clear plastic totes to sort foods into. I buy the Sterilite totes that are sometimes called sweater boxes. They are approximately 12 inches wide by 18 inches long. I use several of these in my freezer. I store bags of veggies in one, beef cuts in another, pork cuts in a third, chicken in a forth, and so on. When I can, I keep the lids on them so they stack better, but even without lids, they stack fairly well when they are full of food.
While I still have to shift the totes around to find what I’m looking for, it beats having to pile up individual items, hoping they don’t tumble like an avalanche before I find that package of chicken in the bottom of the freezer.
In my small over-the-fridge freezer, I use smaller shoebox sized clear totes. These are great for storing open bags of veggies, small packages like hot dogs, cans of juice, etc. I just pull the box out like a drawer, get what I need, and push it back in. The freezer stays nice and neat.
I don’t know much about upright freezers. I guess they stay a little more organized by design, but I suspect a few small totes in those might be useful, too.
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