5 TIPS FOR ORGANIZING YOUR DRESSER DRAWERS

This past spring the KonMari Method from Marie Kondo was in full effect. Everyone wanted to declutter their lives, myself included. I always strive to be a minimalist, but when it comes to clothes, I have a harder time. We recently got a brand new dresser from Room & Board for our bedroom, so I knew it was the perfect time to get organized.

We have been huge fans of Room & Board for quite some time and love that their pieces are made from high quality materials that will hold up for years. Another thing we love is that most pieces are customizable and come in a variety of different patterns, colors, materials, and sizes. Their employees are always super friendly and willing to help on those tough decisions too!

We actually have a lot of Room & Board furniture throughout our home. We teamed up with them previously in this post on Elle’s play area and this post with our new sofa. To get a better idea of what our bedroom looks like, you can see a few old photos in this post.

As you can see, we already have a lot of Room & Board furniture in our bedroom including the Avery Storage Bed, this five-drawer Copenhagen Dresser, and these Copenhagen Nightstands.

WHAT WE GOT

We are clearly huge fans of the Copenhagen collection and decided to keep the same theme going. The design is very contemporary and I especially love the stainless steel accents of the base and hardware. This time we went with the eight-drawer Copenhagen Dresser in Ebony. Our old dresser only had four-drawers (and I’m sharing them with my husband), so I was super excited to acquire two more drawers.

All of Room & Board’s furniture is extremely well built. These are pieces that hold up well and can be kept for a lifetime. I also appreciate that their contemporary furniture has a commitment to American craftsmanship and sustainable practices.

Now that we have our new dresser, we wanted to make sure it was well organized.  Today I’m sharing 5 tips on how to reorganize your dresser and what I bought to help me out:

1. START WITH AN EMPTY DRAWER

The first thing you need to do is take everything out and lay it on your bed. Then go through each item one by one and decide if you want to keep it or get rid of it. If you’re following the KonMari Method, then determine if it really sparks joy. I also always go by the rule that if you haven’t worn it within the past year, then get rid of it. You don’t want your dresser drawers to be overstuffed so the more you toss, the better.

2. GROUP ITEMS BY CATEGORY

This might be an obvious one, but it’s way easier to find what you need when you dedicate each drawer to a different item whether it be tops, underwear, socks, workout gear, pajamas etc. It’s even better when you split your stuff up into as many categories as you possibly can. For example, I like to divide up my shirts up by tank tops, short sleeved tops, and long sleeved tops. I then like to group them by color. The more specific you get, the easier it will be to grab anything you need quickly.

3. USE ORGANIZERS TO SEPARATE SMALLER ITEMS

Using drawer dividers and smaller bins has really helped me stay organized. After we got our new dresser, I investing in this drawer organizer and these drawer dividers. Both have really come in handy when grouping and sub categorizing everything. I find that now everything has its place and it’s way easier to put away clean laundry. It also makes everything look much nicer too. Don’t you think?!

4. FOLD YOUR CLOTHES CORRECTLY

This is one I learned from Marie Kondo. She has a great folding technique that maximizes space and makes it easier for you to see everything in your dresser drawers. You can watch a detailed video of it here, but basically you want to take time to fold each piece of clothing in thirds, then in half, and then into thirds again. In the end, you want that piece of clothing to be able to stand up on its own so that you can easily file them in your dresser drawers standing up, making it easier to see each article of clothing.

5. FILE, DON’T STACK

Adding to what I said above, you want to file each piece of clothing in your dresser drawer and not stack them. When you stack them, they get easily wrinkled and it’s always harder to find what you’re looking for, making the stack even messier. If you place your clothes in an upright folded “file”, then you can see each individual item easily and find exactly what your looking for. This technique also maximizes space and you will be able to fit a lot more items into each drawer.

So there you have it, 5 simple tips for organizing your dresser drawers. It doesn’t have to be perfect all the time, but since making these small changes, I’ve felt more efficient and happier overall. Everything has it’s own place and it’s much easier to find exactly what I need.

To get a better idea of exactly what I’m talking about, see some more detail photos below:

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