7 Steps for Awesome Dresser Drawer Organization
Is it just me; or does the end of summer and cool Autumn nights motivate you to start purging and organizing? Since I have discovered a new way to bring order to my family’s clothing I am excited to share the steps for awesome dresser drawer organization that will change your life.
This post is inspired by a true story. While outwardly my home is consistently neat and tidy, my dressers, cupboards and closets (all the hidden stuff) were a big hot mess!
As Kevin O’Leary used to say on Dragon’s Den: “There must be a better way!”
You have no idea what used to lurk inside this beautiful vintage bedroom dresser:
Or this one:
Do any of these statements resonate with you?
Your relationship with your dresser drawers starts off with good intentions. You make many (OK, some) attempts over the years to re-organize the drawers by carefully folding your clothing and stacking them in neat piles.
Pretty soon those piles are not so neat anymore. This is due to the “digging” which must occur before you find your desired clothing item.
If you find the desired item it will be so wrinkled that you will have to a) iron or b) fluff up in the dryer.
You become disheartened by the jumbled up mess that your drawers have become so you end up wearing the same three or four items over and over (and over). The jumbled up mess provides a nice cushion for the three or four items you lay on top.
You start forgetting what is in your drawers.
You avoid your dresser drawers. Only the sock and underwear drawers get opened and they are still a jumbled up mess and you have no idea that you really own hundreds of black socks (OK, slight exaggeration).
Because of the disdain and distrust you now have for your neglected dresser drawers you stop visiting them altogether and start hanging everything in your closet.
Your closet becomes stuffed with all your clothing including all your T-shirts, jeans etc. It’s still a mess and things still get wrinkled because everything is so tightly packed, but at least you have a clearer picture (you think) of what you own.
You still end up wearing the same few items over and over (and over).
These statements used to apply to me but not anymore.
My steps for awesome dresser drawer organization are inspired by this book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
Marie Kondo’s philosophy is this:
Take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.
Marie Kondo, says the trick is to handle each item. When you touch a piece of clothing your body reacts. Its response to each item is different.
I really like her approach for disarding clothing that you bought but never wear. Ask yourself why you bought it. If you realized after you brought it home that it does not suit you, then it is important to acknowledge that that particular item has already completed its role in your life because it has taught you what doesn’t suit you.
Each item of clothing – just like the people in your life – has a different role to play.
Not all clothes have come to you to be worn threadbare. Not every person you meet in life will become a close friend or lover. Some you will find hard to get along with or impossible to like. But these people, too, teach you the precious lesson of who you do like, so that you will appreciate those special people even more.
7 Steps for Awesome Dresser Drawer Organization
1) Empty everything out of your dresser drawers – the bed is a good place to put everything. Trust me, there will be a lot of stuff.
2) Decide what items you would like to keep in each drawer, for example, socks, underwear, T-shirts….
3) Sort everything into categories – socks, T-shirts etc. As you sort into categories, pick up each item one-by-one and ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” If yes, keep it and if not discard or donate.
4) Start folding your clothes into neat rectangles as recommended by Marie Kondo. Try and make sure each item is the same height. Base the size of your rectangle on the depth of your drawer.
Here is an example of how to fold a long-sleeved shirt. Use this method also for short sleeved T-shirts and sweaters.
By using the “standing-up” method for folding casual pants you can remove them from your closet and add them to your drawers and save lots of space.
5) Place your clothing items in neat vertical rows in your dresser. Categorize each row, for example heavy work socks, dress socks, sport socks.
6) Use boxes to corral small items. Since I started putting my jewellery in individual containers I open the drawer and instantly know what I want to wear. Thus, my jewellery gets worn much more often now.
7) For a special touch and to provide a fresh scent to your drawer add a bar of soap. I like the fresh scent of all-natural Caprina Goat’s Milk Soap that I purchase from Costco at a very reasonable price.
How will this new method of dresser drawer organization change your life?
- You will discard (and hopefully donate) a lot of clothes because the method of handling and asking yourself the question, “Does this spark joy” will guide you through this process. I ended up with several large garbage bags from two dressers.
- You will be left only with the clothes that you love and want to wear.
- You will feel free from the mountains of clothing that previously took over your bedroom.
- You will realize that T-shirts, sweaters and casual pants can be stored much more practically in a drawer – this will free up your closet for jackets, blouses, shirts and dress pants only. Your drawers will have so much extra space that you will be able to store other items such as handbags in your drawers.
- You will stop avoiding your dresser drawers and feel joy when you pull them open and view the rows of neatly filed articles of clothing.
- You will not dread putting laundered clothes away because now you have a plan and a consistent simple method to fold your clothing that makes sense and oh-so-easy to put away.
- Getting dressed will be so much easier and faster because you will see at a quick glance exactly what you own. And, you will know that each of those clothing items are special to you.
- You will save money. You will realize that you have plenty of clothes. For example, I have a lot of black T-shirts (previously hidden deep in the depths of my drawers) – more than enough to last me for a long time.
- Standing your clothing vertically will help them stay wrinkle-free because the old method of placing items in piles causes wrinkles (due to the other clothes that are pressing down on them).
- You will have a tidier and more restful and beautiful bedroom filled with things that you love!
Have I given you enough reasons?
Are you already using this method or have I motivated you to try these steps for awesome dresser drawer organization?