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How to Organize Freezer Drawers DIY

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How to organize freezer drawers for a few dollars.

If you have a refrigerator that has a pull-out bottom drawer freezer and have not been able to fit ready-made freezer bins or freezer organizing baskets into it that will help to keep the contents organized, you may like this freezer organizing hack I came up with.

It is easy to do using dividers I made from sheets of craft store corrugated plastic.

These dividers are not just for freezers. They can be also made to use on any white plastic coated wire closet organizer shelf or basket in your clothes closet, laundry or pantry.

Freezer Drawers: Before Organizing

Here is how the two drawers in my kitchen’s freezer looked before I made new freezer dividers for them.

Top slide out drawer on refrigerator with bottom freezer image showing the contents are a mess. Before image.
Before: Shallow Top Basket in Drawer
bottom drawer of a freezer before getting organized.
BEFORE: Deeper Bottom Basket in Drawer

Each drawer only had one divider. No matter how much I tried to keep “like” items in rows, they always moved when the drawer was opened and closed making a big pile of frozen food on each side of the dividers.

Why I Needed to Come Up With My Own Freezer Drawer Organizing Idea

While searching for freezer organizing ideas online, I did find a few ideas that I thought would work.

These ranged from using different sizes of freezer bins, file folder holders and even freezer organizing baskets, but none of them fit.

Freezer Drawer Inspiration

On the blog, Simply Organized I like what she did to organize the bottom of her freezer drawer.

Using multi-use bins to organize a freezer drawer.

She removed the deeper bottom wire basket completely in the drawer and replaced it with a row of plastic multi-use organizers. I bought these, but had to return them as they didn’t fit in my freezer the way hers did. They were too tall for mine.

Since that idea didn’t work, I had to come up with a plan to organize my freezer on my own. I didn’t want to use cardboard magazine folders or dividers as after a while they would get soggy with moisture.

I kept searching for an idea and finally found white plastic corrugated cardboard sheets at Michaels craft store. They were perfect – not expensive and easy to cut and would not get soggy.

I also liked the white color, as it would make my organizing efforts look like they came with the freezer.

How to Make Plastic Dividers for Freezer Drawers

These freezer drawer dividers are very simple to make, the part that I found the hardest to get the project done, was having to empty my freezer.

I brought a large cooler into the house to keep the food cold while I was working on the drawer dividers.

To make the addition of the dividers doable and keep the food cold, I removed the top drawer first.

Then I added the dividers, placed the basket and food back in to the freezer and then proceeded to repeat the process for the deeper bottom basket in the freezer drawer.

3 white corrugated sheets on a worktable.

supplies needed:

a paper hole punch, zip ties, craft knife and t-square on a table.

Tools:

  • craft knife
  • scissors
  • yard stick or t-square
  • hole punch
  • pencil

Time needed: 1 hour and 15 minutes.

How to Organize Freezer Drawers DIY

  1. Remove the Contents of the Drawer


    Measure your freezer, the entire space and height to make sure that what ever you add does not interfere with the opening and closing of the freezer drawer.

    Mark the front of the baskets with tape before removing them so you don’t forget how to place the baskets back into the drawer. If you mix this up, the drawer may not close.

    White coated wire Freezer drawer basket on table.

  2. Remove Existing Divider


    The divider that came with the top freezer drawer basket was removable.

    Use the divider as a template to cut new dividers from a sheet of corrugated plastic.

    Plastic corrugated sheets cut using a craft knife and t-square.

  3. Figure Out Divider Placement


    Use the actual contents of your freezer to help you determine how to space the dividers in the basket.

    Measure for freezer divider placement using the actual contents in the freezer.

  4. Punch Holes in Dividers


    Mark dividers with a pencil along each edge. Using a paper hole punch or an awl make a small hole and thread a zip tie through each hole.

    How to attach a zip tie to plastic corrugated sheet to make freezer drawer dividers.

  5. Attach Dividers With Zip Ties


    Line a divider up with a horizontal wire on the basket. Then use the zip tie to secure it to the frame of the basket.

    Make sure the zip tie is snug. Then cut off the excess with a pair of scissors.

    Repeat on both top and bottom of the divider.

    how to use zip ties to attach diy freezer dividers to wire rack shelf.

  6. Repeat Steps for Bottom Freezer Basket


    The bottom freezer basket is much deeper and has a lining tray at the bottom. The one divider that came with it is not removable.

    To make the dividers an exact fit, I laid the basket on its side so I could trace the shape onto a plastic corrugated sheet.

    How to measure freezer basket to make dividers.

  7. Repeat


    Cut the divider(s) out and follow the same steps used for the upper basket to attach the dividers.

    How to attach DIY freezer basket dividers.

  8. Place Basket Back Into Freezer

    plastic freezer dividers in bottom drawer of freezer.

Freezer Drawers – AFTER Adding Dividers

Looking down into a newly organized bottom drawer freezer.
Looking down into a newly organized bottom drawer of a freezer filled with frozen food.
open bottom freezer drawer showing the addition of dividers to organize contents into sections.

So much better! Now the contents will stay in rows which will help me keep the contents organized so everything is easy to find at a glance.

Freezer Storage Idea: Labeling the Contents

You can make your own printable freezer labels or use sheets or rolls of ready made labels.

Roll of freezer organizing labels that have an space to write instructions as well as the Item and date made.

Having a roll or sheet of labels on hand is another way to make sure that the contents in your freezer are organized and stay that way.

More DIY Ideas on How to Organize Bottom Freezer Drawers

When trying to decide what you can use to organize the bottom drawer of a freezer, here are a few more easy to do budget-friendly ideas.

Buy more containers or baskets than you think need so that you can figure out what sizes will work. You can return the containers that didn’t work.

Once you have the containers play around with arranging them in the drawer. You want them to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle so you don’t waste any space.

  • Use ready-made plastic multi-use bins.
  • Cut corrugated boxes down to sizes needed.
  • Plastic dollar store baskets in various sizes. These can also be stacked to create layers of organization in the depth of the drawer.
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12 Comments

  1. I love your idea! However, I have a Kitchenaid bottom freezer (counter depth). The drawer on the bottom isn’t very deep, and to make matters worse the four sides are angled with the base of the drawer being flat (maybe 10X15 th a Covid ER an another section a little smaller. To make matters worse, there are two flat (maybe 2-3” deep) shelves that slide over the bottom drawer so I need to allow clearance. The drawers are also solid and not wired. I am at my wits end. Any other suggestions?

    1. Hi Diane –

      Without seeing exactly what you have, it is hard to give you options that may work for your freezer drawer. Can the inserts in the drawer itself be removed? Or the sliding shelves removed? If you remove what makes up the container portion of the drawer, will there still be a bottom inside the drawer? If there is and you can remove the container, you may be able to create your own system using different size storage bins or baskets inside the drawer and discard what came with the freezer.

      1. None of the components are removable. I have tried inserting two container Store bins (one medium and one small), but it sometimes hits the top shelf when closing. Is there any way I can attach some pics foe you to see? Thank you so much for responding.

  2. Goodness, Diane, my freezer looks like your ‘before’ photo, lol! I needed this diy desperately. 🤪 I can’t wait to try this. I tried the containers first and that didn’t work for the long haul so this should fix the problem. Thanks so much!

  3. I love, LOVE this idea and have seen these corrugated sheets you used!! You have used them wisely. I have the same problem in my freezer and will definitely be doing this!!! Thanks again for another one of your brilliant ideas! Yours is one of only a few blogs I follow due to time constraints (I work full time and have a busy family life). BUT yours is always full of great ideas :) THANKS again Diane…you’re the BEST!!

    1. Hi Judy – It makes me happy to know that my post was helpful to you and that you still make the time to read my blog. That is the BEST thing for a blogger to hear. :-)

  4. Great customization for the freezer. Mine looks almost like yours. Using ziploc bags and first freezing liquid/soft foods flat, then arranging like books (vertically) allows tons of food to be stored. Too bad I have no one to cook for-or eat with! Eating is so social. Many thanks!

  5. Diane, clever you are! I use the containers from Container Store (as shown at the beginning of your post)–I’m lucky they fit and I get wider or skinnier as I need. But my deep freeze could use some organizing so maybe this idea might work.