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How to Organize a Chest of Drawers

by Katie Duzan


Messy drawers in dressers are more than just ugly to look at. An unorganized chest of drawers leads to you wasting time digging through multiple drawers trying to find something. When you find the item, it's often wrinkled and makes you look disheveled. Fortunately, even the most disastrous dresser can be organized; all it takes is a few simple steps. Look below to learn how to organize a chest of drawers.

Organizing Dresser Drawers:

  1. Pull it all out. Remember to reach way back to get small items, such as socks or underwear that may be stuck in the back of the chest of drawers. In addition, remove the bottom drawer completely to look for items that may have fallen beneath the drawers.

  2. Divide and conquer. Put similar items together, such as socks, underwear, shirts, shorts, pajamas and athletic wear. Fold each item neatly so it's ready to go back into the dresser. Items prone to wrinkling, such as dress shirts, should be hung in the closet.

  3. Sort through it. Unused clothing often gets shoved to the back of the drawer. Now that everything is out, find those items that need to go away and donate them to a good cause or throw them out. If you haven't worn it in over a year or if you're saving it only in hopes that you'll fit into it again one day, pack it away or get rid of it.

  4. Think about placement. Put small size items, such as underwear and socks, in upper drawers of the dresser, which are often smaller. Place folded jeans and sweaters in the lower drawers. Before packing away items prone to snagging, such as sweaters and lingerie, make sure drawer interiors contain no splinters or rough spots that could damage a clothing item.

  5. Make it neat. Fold everything properly. Use tools such as sock dividers to organize socks and underwear. Empty shoe boxes can also work as dividers without additional costs. Choose sturdy boxes and cut the height down, if necessary, to allow drawers to close. You can cover the boxes with shelf liner or wallpaper, if desired.

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