Drawers can frequently become a disorganized catch-all for a variety of household items. A drawer organization project usually doesn’t take long, but it can really improve functionality in your home. Here are my drawer organization tips:
Determine the purpose of each drawer
Before decluttering and organizing, decide WHAT you want to hold in each drawer, for example: silverware, cooking utensils, socks, office supplies, make-up, etc.
Begin by emptying the drawer
After you’ve emptied the drawer, declutter it, and remove anything that is not part of that drawer’s intended category.
Measure the dimensions of the drawer
This will help you with buying the right size drawer dividers and help you assess how much can fit inside.
Consider the drawer depth
Determine if the drawer is too deep or shallow for the intended contents. For example, underwear in a deep drawer or sweaters in a shallow drawer usually do not work well.
Decide what will reasonably fit inside the drawer. Do not over stuff!
Over stuffing drawers makes them difficult to open and close. When you’re reorganizing a drawer, leave space for new items, and declutter whenever you find it is becoming too full.
Layout the items you’re keeping inside the drawer
This will help you determine if you need dividers. Not all drawers need to be divided, but it does help to categorize and contain things, especially when storing smaller items.
Decide which type of items should go into each section of the drawer
This will help you to decide what size drawer dividers are needed.
For non-clothing items, consider these products:
Expandable drawer dividers
Acrylic drawer organizers
For clothing, consider these products:
Adjustable drawer dividers
Shallow fabric drawer bins
Decide how you’d like to fold:
Folding is a personal choice, depending on how much time and energy you put into putting away your things, decide if you’d like to do file folding, flat folding, or rolling of clothing in your drawers. Some of this depends on the size and type of clothing you’re storing.
Keep drawer organizers in place:
Use double-sided adhesive dots or Velcro to keep dividers in place, so they do not slide.
Once your drawers are organized how you’d like, be sure to declutter regularly to maintain that organization. If you’d like assistance or guidance in organizing your drawers, please contact me for information on my in-person or virtual organizing services.
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