Dresser Drawers

July 5, 2011 by  

How Organized Are YOUR Dresser Drawers?

Here is my dresser…. before.  A mess isn’t it?  I have two jewelry boxes.  One is my Mom’s, one is mine (I have organized and that will be coming up soon).

The pillow – is the bodice of my wedding dress.  (Yes, I had my wedding dress taken apart. Hmmm.. another blog post opp. isn’t it?)
The candles and flowers are from my wedding.  (Dave and I were married 4 1/2 years ago).
The stuffed bear is from Dave from Valentine’s day. I love stuffed animals. The little elephant I got at the Murphy’s trip in January.
The pillow on the right behind the bear is a needlepoint pillow my grandmother made.
I have a weight and a ruler on there too.. no meaning.. just more clutter.

The actual dresser is from my Aunt from when I was first married (first marriage back in 1983). I’d love a matching new bedroom suite, but I’ve never had the extra money to spend on one. So a remake of these might be coming up at some point in the near future.  I want to redecorate my bedroom soon.

 

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I have never micro organized my dresser drawers.  I have always sorted my clothes into specific drawers, I fold my shirts and clothes and pair socks, but I have never taken the effort to organize my undies, t-shirts and socks.

Before pictures

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I’m going to be brave and show you my messy dresser drawers…. are you ready?  (ugh.. embarrassing!)  See…. for the few of those who think I’m perfectly organized everywhere in my house… you will see… I’m certainly not.

Undies….

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T-shirts that I wear under a lot of clothes

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Kind of a mess of a drawer. I have my PJ’s, lounging outfit (winter) and a swim suit in here.

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Work out clothes. (They haven’t been used in awhile.. ugh)

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I decided to give it a go!  I found a couple different drawer organizers.  I bought a couple sets from Ikea. I made the cardinal mistake of not measuring my drawers BEFORE I bought them.  I bought two packages of the Skubb organizers them at $9.99 each. skubb drawer organizer

Once I got home I realized they did not fit in my top three drawers.  The top drawers were too shallow for them.  But I knew I’d be able to use them in some of the other drawers.

I did measure them before I went to Old Time Pottery. I found these drawer organizers there.  These were $3.99 each.

drawer organizers

I knew they were going to be shallow enough to work.  You are able to add the dividers in if you want them.

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I put all the dividers in.

drawer organizerI then went through and sorted everything in my drawers.

I asked myself these questions:

1) Do I wear it?
2) Do I like it?
3) Does it fit?  (The killer since I’ve gained weight)
4) Are there any holes or can I not wear it because it need repaired?
5) Is it seasonal?

Then I had to decide if I was going to:

1) Keep
2) Donate
3) Store the out of season clothes is it fits, is in good shape & you like it.
3) Pitch

After pictures

Undies drawer now!  I love this. I got rid a bunch of undies that I never wore.  Yes.. I did that too. Pick a pair up and realize they are ones you don’t like. So why didn’t I throw them out right then? I don’t know.  I’d just throw them back in and get another pair.  So, I got rid of all those I didn’t like. 

Bras on the left (my others are being washed) and undies on the right.

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Look at my socks drawer. (I never showed a before pic because I forgot to get a before pic)

socks drawer organized

My T-shirts

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My real Tee-shirts.  This is a top drawer and I didn’t have any organizers that fit it.

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Second Tee-shirt drawer using the Ikea organizers
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Third Tee-shirt drawer

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Here are my other drawers – PJ’s

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Workout clothes
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Hose, slips etc..

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I have to tell you, this is the first time I have ever organized my drawers so extensively. I love it!!  To go in and not have to pick through to see what I want!  Awesome.

I also cleared off some of the stuff on top of my dresser.  One of my jewelry boxes is gone (I’ll be posting on that later).  Until I redecorate this room with new colors and refinishes (of this dresser)… it will look like this. But one of these days it will look awesome!

dresser drawersOh yeah!!  Doin’ the happy dance with my organized drawers.

 

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6 Responses to “Dresser Drawers”
  1. Hey Sandy,
    I like the organizers! I have an organizer in my underwear and sock drawers too! I love them. I am a fanatic when it comes to folding my clothes. How I fold them keeps them pretty organized in my drawers. I know some of my customers really don’t like to use drawers – and that’s okay. I recommend closet organizers then or a cubby type system. The best kind of organized clothing let’s you see what you have so you can easily rotate your wardrobe! Great post- thanks!

  2. I love it! I did the same thing not too long ago, but honestly I didn’t even do the organizers…I just rolled all of my clothing and it stayed pretty well in rows (much better than before, trust me!) here are my before/after pics
    http://cleansmartsimple.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-not-just-for-suitcases.html

  3. Sandy says:

    Yes! Basically the same.. just without the dividers. Your right.. you don’t have to have dividers. Or you can use something like shoe boxes etc.

  4. Michelle says:

    Hi! I have a brand new organization linky on a tab at the top of my blog. Searching for closet organization and found you! I added this post to my organization linky. If you have any other great posts about organization (any), feel free to add as many as you’d like!
    Michelle
    http://www.heartfeltbalancehandmadelife.com/p/blogosphere-organization-posts.html

  5. Sandy says:

    Thanks Michelle!

  6. Clare Kumar says:

    Hey Sandy – you and your readers might like a brand new product designed to help fold, ‘file’ and find clothing. It’s called Pliio TM and there is a starter kit available from http://www.HSN.com for under $20.

    I’m a Professional Organizer in Toronto and just got back from the National Association of Professional Organizers Conference in Baltimore (were you there by any chance?) where it was a big hit.

    Here is a link to a blog post I wrote about how the product makes life easier: http://streamlife.ca/blog/2012/03/16/four-ways-pliio-clothing-filers-put-you-in-control-of-your-closet/#comments

    Thanks for all the great info you share on your blog.

    All the best,

    Clare

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