French door refrigerators are the greatest invention since the wheel. This may be a overstating things slightly. But only slightly.
I love having my entire refrigerator at the top. Like most of us who grew up in the 80’s, until the last decade, I’ve only known a freezer on the top 1/3 and the fridge on the bottom 2/3 of the unit. A whole new world was opened up to me when some brilliant engineer decided to switch up those two locations.
I don’t love having a big drawer on the bottom.
It becomes a deep abyss of freezer-burned veggies, bread, fruit and waffles that I can never find when I need them.
The top half justifies the button, but a big drawer isn’t ideal.
So, let’s try to make the best out of a non-ideal situation.
Because I will get asked, I will start by saying that we have the Kenmore Elite 29.8 cubic foot French Door Refrigerator. A unique feature is it’s two slide out trays, in addition to the lower drawer. If your bottom drawer freezer isn’t like that, don’t let it be a deterrent. Us the same tactics and tricks for your one drawer that I use for my two.
Rarely do I think that purchasing containment is the answer to most organizing problems, but this is the exception.
The size and position of bottom drawer freezers require a little more to achieve maximum usage. Or, at the very least, to not be the bane of my existence.
Since I’ve now suggested finding some containment, I think you can guess what’s coming next…. If you’re going to purchase product, (say it with me…), MEASURE TWICE, PURCHASE ONCE.
Measure the length, width & depth of the trays and the deep drawer. Search for products using these parameters. There’s nothing exciting about doing math and looking for fine print in product descriptions, but it’s less exciting to think you found a solution and shell out cash, only to find it doesn’t do what you hoped it would. (For my own failure with this, check out this embarrassing video.)
The containment that I used in my top freezer tray is mis-match of what I had lying around.
The multi-purpose bins that I use in the deep part of the drawer are second only to my beloved shoebox bins on my list of all-time favorite organizing products. They are at the top of that list for the same reasons: A multitude of uses & they’re cheap!
Thankfully, these multi-purpose bins fit perfectly in the drawer of our freezer, so it was just a matter of deciding on a size configuration.
My brain thinks in categories, so the easiest way for me to divide up the mess of bags in the drawer was to divide it into food groups.
Our freezer drawer categories are Fruits, Veggies, Bread, Meat & Potatoes.
Yours may be breakfast, lunch & supper. Or they can be divided up by color. Whatever works for you works here.
Measuring and finding the containment will be the hardest part of this organization project. Once you have the containment, taking your bottom drawer freezer from pile of Who-Knows-What to Place Where Food Can Be Easily Accessed should take you less than 20 minutes. That’s the commercial breaks during a one-hour TV show.
What do you find to be the hardest part bottom drawer freezer organization?
P.S. Feeling ambitious? Use these tips to organize your fridge. Sick of wasting frozen food? This is how we avoid that trap.