How to Organize Your Dresser

Nancy Peham
Written by Nancy Peham
Updated June 15, 2021
overflowing dresser drawers
It's time to tidy up those overflowing dresser drawers. (Photo by Piero Cruciatti)

Overflowing dresser drawers create quite an eyesore in the bedroom.

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It’s easier to relax in a tidy space. Whether you're the type of person who likes to have a compartment for every pair of socks or you're happy if the laundry simply makes it back to your room, use these simple tips and strategies to improve the functionality and look of your dresser drawers.

Take inventory and sort

If you find that your drawers are overflowing or you've just let them get too disorganized to find what you're looking for, it's probably time to refresh.

Start by completely emptying each drawer one at a time on the bed or another open space. Have trash and donation bags handy so you won't be distracted or tempted to leave the room in the middle of the process.

Then simply sort through the items looking for old and worn clothes and accessories you no longer wear. Get rid of mismatched, ripped or stained garments.

Set aside items that belong in a different drawer until you get to that one.

Plan to deal with anything that doesn’t belong in the dresser at all when you’re finished with the task at hand.

As you go through the process with each drawer, you may discover that a bigger or smaller space is needed for that category of clothing. Don't be afraid to reassign the drawer for another purpose. Also take into consideration which items are used most frequently and if possible put them in the most easily accessed drawers. This is especially important for people whose physical limitations make bending and reaching difficult.

A valet box on top of the dresser can be handy for tossing loose change, cellphones, power cords, wallets and keys.

Consider organization products

Once you've completed the sorting, discarding and donating, decide what type of organizing products can help you keep things in order.

Drawer dividers are helpful for sectioning off areas to keep different types of clothing from getting mixed together. A spring-loaded divider fits most drawer sizes and can be used to create rows. You can also purchase products that can provide several compartments within a drawer.

Consider cloth-lined boxes or trays to prevent delicate items from being damaged. Find organization products that fit your taste and budget.

Add scented liners for a bit of fragrance and to make your drawers more inviting. They can also protect clothes from any rough areas on the drawer itself. For those who really want to enjoy the visual appearance, try lining up your clothes by color. Consider rolling your T-shirts so they fit side by side, making it easier to find the one you want without upsetting or digging through a deep pile of flat shirts.

If you prefer folded T-shirts but have difficulty making them look neat, you can even purchase a special folding aid that will give you that perfect shape each time.

CHECK OUT: Angie's List Guide to Home Organization

Just remember that drawers are going to get messy from time to time. But with a little bit of maintenance and a few organizing aids, you can minimize the time it takes to keep your drawers looking neat and functioning at their best.

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