June 10, 2013

Tips for Organizing Dresser Drawers

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a serious organizational dilemma going on inside your dresser drawers.

Now I like to think of myself as a neat and tidy person. Organized even. But, for whatever reason, this organizational talent that I like to think I possess does not apply to my dressers!

My kitchen is spotless, the bathroom too; but my bedroom furniture is not on this list! Now that I think of it, the whole bedroom is a bit of a mess; and I am sure my bed is not made either. So with that in mind, I have decided to do my research and find an easy way to get it together in my bedroom!

Read on to find out the top four tips I found for organizing your dresser drawers:

Every three months, clear out your drawers!

Every three months take everything out of your drawers and take a closer look at them. Get rid of items that are worn out or beyond repair, and put items you don’t wear anymore more into a donation bag or box. A handy rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in 6 months, get rid of it. I have stuff in my drawers that has been hibernating there for more than a few winters. Time to clean it out!

Keep a donation box or bag in your closet.

Not only is this a great way to minimize stuff piling up that you won’t use, it feels good to support local charities and initiatives. I keep a bag in my closet and everyone in the house knows that anything no longer needed and in good shape, goes in that bag. The trick is to take the bag out every couple of months...don’t let them pile up into a trunk load!

Keep an eye on things.

Now that you’ve purged and sorted the contents of your drawers, re-think how you are going to put things back. Keep in mind how you use things. Keeping underwear together makes sense, as well as dividing your wardrobe by seasons. Instead of stacking up clothes in the drawers try placing them sideways, as though you were filing them. This is great because you don’t have to dig through piles of clothing to find what you are looking for—you can see everything at once.

For deep drawers use dividers, containers, and organizers.

Cut oversize drawers into smaller spaces by using dividers. Containers are great for small items like jewelry, watches, bowties etc. They are also great for items such as socks and pantyhose. The trick is to keep like items together, and if possible, keep everything visible. 

In the end, I found out the number one tip was to stay on top of things! Since my bedroom is tucked away, it’s easy to slack off a bit there when I am overloaded with tasks and expectations everywhere else! So finishing tasks like laundry and ironing and folding and sorting and stacking and unloading...from start to finish right away, will really help to keep things organized. And after it’s all done, I will be able to collapse on my bed, free of the piles of laundry and coathangers!

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