How To Organize A Drawer Freezer | See in this post how I set started my new year by organizing the frozen food in a deep drawer freezer.

Side view of a bottom freezer drawer pulled out in a kitchen.

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and celebrations as you brought in the new year. Can you believe it’s a new year…again…already? Time’s a’flyin that’s for sure.
The beginning of a new year always puts me in the mood to organize, purge, and get everything in tiptop shape? Is it that way for you? I didn’t waste any time getting started with my first organization project of the year.

Do you ever struggle with how to organize a drawer freezer?

When we were building our house, I was excited to pick out the new appliances. I knew right off that I wanted the french door refrigerator with the drawer freezer on the bottom. Before that, we had a side by side refrigerator/freezer that I quickly learned to dislike.

Bottom freezer drawer open with contents in disarray.

Once we got our drawer freezer I became slightly disappointed with the lack of organization. The lower drawer had two deep bins on each side where things just got thrown into. The picture above shows exactly what I’m talking about. I had to dig through all of that to find what I was looking for. I ended up buying an excess of several items because I didn’t have a clue what was lurking in the very bottom of that mess.

A top drawer in drawer freezer open with contents in disarray.

In this photo, you can see that the top drawer is no different. Again, just a big mess. Seriously, how do you find the gumption to prepare a meal when you have to rummage through all of that to pull something together. To say I was over it is an understatement. So, I set out on my quest to conquer that bottomless pit of frozen fare.

How To Organize A Draw Freezer?

1. Sort & Purge

A pile of frozen food stacked on a countertop.

I started pulling contents out of the freezer. I thought I would never get to the bottom. You can see the pile on the island and the countertop in the back. I wiped down the drawers and started sorting through the food. Unfortunately, there were some things that were expired and freezer burned down in that great abyss. I discarded what had expired and started putting back what was left.

Organized contents in the top drawer of a drawer freezer.

I absolutely hate an ice and water dispenser in the door, so we got the in-freezer ice maker, and I love it. It does take up some space, but I’ll take it. You can see in the picture above how I organized the top drawer. I have more fruit up there than I would ordinarily have, but since…you know…I had no clue what was in that freezer I just kept buying. Once we use that up making smoothies it will create more room in that top drawer. These long narrow bins are great for keeping this section organized. I may even add a third one once some of that fruit is all used up.

2. Add Storage Bins

Organized contents in the bottom drawer of a drawer freezer.

In the bottom freezer, I added one of these deep bins in each side. I used one side for meats and the other side for veggies. The bins created another compartment in the area between the bin and the center petition of the drawer.   The extra space on the veggie side is perfect for miscellaneous items like sweet potato fries, and other similar items. Now, it’s filled with an overflow of veggies. On the meat side, the extra space is nice for items like a bag of ravioli noodles and, at the moment, soft-shelled crabs.

We have a chest freezer down in our cold room where access is stored. Now that I have this organized, I will just bring items up from that freezer as supplies get low in this one.

3. Organize & Maintain

Organized contents in the top drawer of a drawer freezer.

It so nice to open the drawer and see everything in there, at first glance, without having to shuffle through a bunch of stuff.

Organized contents in the bottom drawer of a drawer freezer.

It will be easy to maintain too. I can easily see when contents need to be brought up from the chest freezer or added to a grocery list for the next trip to town.

It is such a good feeling to have this done. I’ll be honest, I peeked in that freezer drawer and smiled a time or two after it was done. :)

NOTE: There are many different sized bins to choose from. You will want to be sure and measure the width and depth of your freezer so that you can get the size that will work best for your drawer.

My picks for freezer organization:

Are you finding yourself in full organizing mode? Do you have any organization tips on how to organize a drawer freezer? I would love for you to share your ideas or suggestions in the comments.

pin it for later >>>Collage of a freezer with organized contents.

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11 Comments

  1. My freezer looks just like your before picture. After seeing how great your freezer looks, I am adding this to my 2019 to-do list.

    1. Hi Paula! It’s such a good feeling to have it done. I know you’ll feel the same way once you check it off your to-do list. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I LOVE organizing freezers and refrigerators with bins! This looks great, and your tips are so helpful! Thanks, and pinned!

  3. Great tips! It looks so great with everything organized and in place. Pinning and sharing!

    >> Christene
    Keys to Inspiration

  4. I need to do this, and the beginning of the year is a great time to get organized! I have a drawer freezer, too. Thanks for the tips!

  5. I love using bins in my freezer drawer! We have a large stand up/vertical freezer in our garage and I use bins labeled with whatever is in the bin – for example “chicken” or “frozen berries’. They are kinda like drawers in the upright freezer! Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting this link up party! This is my first ever thanks to Rita over at Harbor Breeze :)

  6. I love when everything is perfectly arranged in the freezer and it doesn’t look like a mess. Keeping it simple is always the best way to go!

    1. Hi Jamie!
      I’m with you. It’s so much easier and quicker to get a meal started when you don’t have to take extra time to hunt for everything.
      >>> Kim

  7. My freezer looked just like yours today. I had a whole bunch of bread I needed to freeze so I actually empty the drawer freezer and my stand up freezer and re-organized all of it. I was so happy with the results I showed my family as they came home today! Yesterday I organized my spices. Slowly getting my kitchen organized and under control! I have a house of 11 people so it takes a lot to run smoothly!! Thanks for the post. Very relatable which is my favorite kind of posts :)

  8. Quite inspirational. Perhaps we have the same refrigerator?
    Where did you get your organizing bins?

    Blessings,
    Jill

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