Wanna know how I organize my freezer so that it rotates the oldest stuff out first? This system will work for any freezer.
Let me explain, I have both an upright freezer and a side by side refrigerator. I prefer not opening the large freezer any more than necessary. Using my way of organizing I can take out a week's worth of items and put into the smaller one, which means I open the big freezer only once a week. Those with a refrigerator box type freezer or a chest freezer or even a side by side freezer can do the same thing I'm doing.
It bothers me to stack things on top of each other. It seemed like every time I needed a meat for dinner, it was always on the bottom of the stack. When I would go to take it out, the whole stack seemed to collapse and slide around the freezer or out onto the floor. Let me tell ya, a frozen 4 lb roast landing on your foot is not fun at all.
I also don't re pack meat when I buy it. I leave it in the original packaging but put the whole thing into a plastic freezer bag. I figure that the original package keeps meat fresh, like forever, in the store so why wouldn't it work as a freezer wrap? Adding the freezer bag is like double wrapping.
In order to know exactly what's in my freezer, how old it is, where in the freezer it's stored, how many pounds, and what it cost, I needed a list. So I made one. This list will be good for insurance purposes should I ever loose it all again due to a long power outage.