Behind closed drawers….

3 Feb

In response to your comments about tips for organizing dresser drawers, I came across these GREAT suggestions from Apartment Therapy.  And to make sure I’m passing along only the best ideas… I tried #2 out myself.  Yes, it’s awesome.  Scroll down to see my before and after!

From Apartment Therapy

1. Every few months, take everything out of your drawers and refold them.

Let’s face it… there is no way even the most well intentioned organizer is going to keep up with perfect folding daily, so rather than make empty promises – try and commit to doing this once a season.  This is a great time to purge *if you didn’t wear it all season, you won’t wear it next year!* and if you have limited drawer space, this is the perfect time to swap the sweaters for the tank tops!  Stained or clothing with holes – TRASH ‘EM!

2. Rather than stacking T-shirts, try “filing” them.

This one I had to try myself, and it’s great.  Those poor t’s that get stuck at the bottom of the pile (a.k.a. never get worn) now have a prominent place in the drawer!  EQUALITY, YES!!!

Tony’s drawer before…

Tony’s drawer after…

3. Use containers in your drawers to hold the small stuff.

This is great for small items like coins, belts, ties, etc…

4. If you have a particularly large drawer, consider picking up dividers or organizers.

This not only keeps like items together, but doesn’t waste all that time you spent in #1 (cause I know you did it!) because it keeps the piles in tact.  You can pick up dividers here!

5. Keep your drawer smelling fresh by storing candles in it.

Grab those off season mini candles on clearance, and store away!  You can also use fresh smelling soap, or small cedar blocks (if you like the smell).

Some other tips:

From good ol’ Martha:
Use a deep drawer for sweaters — never hang knits — and place cedar blocks inside to fend off moths

Personal Organizing:
Organizing similar piles by style and color: This is a great time-saver when you are searching for a particular item. For example, one dresser drawer can hold a pile of casual t-shirts – whites together in one pile, assorted colors in another pile.

Real Simple Magazine:
The junk drawer (I know you have one) is calling your name….  Check out these tips for a junk drawer makeover from Real Simple Magazine!

{Got any tips of your own?}


One Response to “Behind closed drawers….”

  1. Katie February 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Thanks for the post. I love the “clothes filing” idea. What a difference it makes!

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