|My canning storage has it's own inventory list.|
One of the biggest problems is that people will preserve (either canning or freezing, and I just happen to do both) but then they haven't got a clue as to what is really in their freezer or storage room. SO, they don't use it... they instead keep buying items that they don't actually need.
I don't want to turn into a hoarder. I have seen the show, and it looks just awful. An otherwise well-meaning collection of food doesn't get eaten in a timely manner and the next thing you know, you've got 127 cats and they've eaten holes in your walls and some died in there. It's scary.
This is a great reason to stay organized, if you ask me.
To these ends, I had to take an inventory of my freezer. Because it had been far too long. And because I fear dead cats in my walls. I happen to have a stand alone freezer, which I find eternally useful. It was a gift from my dad for my birthday last year. Yep, I am just the sort of person who asks for freezers for my birthday. It's how I roll.
While my freezer may be a little smaller than some, I find it is mighty. It also has a dry-erase feature that I find to be a great helper in keeping track of everything in the freezer! I know exactly how much I have and I can adjust as I go. That is, if I keep on it. So I made a list of all the stuff in my freezer by carefully unloading it, bit by bit.
Observe: inventory list!
I also have an inventory for my canning closet, but that is a little easier to keep track of; mostly because it isn't shut inside anything and I can actually lay eyes on it. Next, I just carefully reloaded my freezer so that I could easily access all my items and then I transferred my list on to my freezer in dry erase marker. (If you are in the market for a freezer, I highly recommend the dry-erase version for this reason!)
Obviously, adding little designs that include hearts will make your freezer exponentially cooler. So no skipping on that step!