My wife recently told me to quit complaining about our dirty,
unorganized chest freezer, and do something about it, so I did.
Before: My chest freezer was impossible to keep organized.
I emptied the
whole thing out, defrosted it and gave it a good cleaning inside and out. But
instead of just throwing everything back in helter-skelter, I decided to get organized.
The inherent problem with chest freezers is that everything gets piled on
everything else. And though it may start out with "meats on the right, fruits
and veggies on the left," it doesn't stay that way for long, especially with ravenous
teenagers on the prowl.
I built this dividing crate by ripping down and gluing up some PVC trim I had on hand.
After: Things still get buried, but now, at least I know where to start digging.
I used less than 10 ft. of 1x6
smooth, PVC trim, which would have cost me about $25. The project took me
and my son about three hours, including the cleaning. Now, the meat really is
on the right and the veggies on the left. Of course, stuff still gets buried, but
at least when I'm digging for a pork chop, I know I'm in the right area. Best
of all, my wife doesn't have to hear me complain...about the freezer, anyway.
— Mark Petersen, Contributing Editor
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