Closet Drawers

Organized closet drawers can save you time by finding what you want quickly when getting ready. This will reduce stress and also preserve your clothes.

Even though I specifically talk about closet drawers here, the same method can be used to organize any clothes drawers like dresser and chest of drawers.

Take everything out of the drawers and put them on your bed.

Sort the contents into groups of similar items such as jeans, T-shirts, tank tops, camisoles, activewear, loungewear, sleepwear, socks, underwear and so on.

Donate items in good condition that you no longer wear. This will provide space for storing items you actually use.

Stained or torn T-shirts and socks can be used as cleaning rags or polishing cloths.

Store out-of-season items in boxes and label them by season (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter). You can put these boxes on the top shelf of a closet or in a basement/storage area so that your closet drawers are for items you're currently using.

A space saving option to store out-of-season clothes are vacuum sealable storage bags. These reusable bags compress the contents when you take the air out using a vacuum cleaner. They are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. Manufactures of these bags claim that they are airtight, watertight, mold, mildew, bug and odor proof. You can reuse cardboard shipping boxes to store these compressed bags. Storing them sideways inside the box instead of stacking will provide easy access.

Assign drawers for each group of similar items based on usage. Small or shallow drawers at the top are ideal for underwear, socks and ties. Keep other clothes that you frequently use in the middle drawers. Heavier clothes like jeans, sweaters, sweatpants, sweatshirts etc. can go in the bottom drawers, which are usually deeper. In case of free standing units like dresser and chest of drawers, keeping heavier items on the bottom will make the units stable.

Fold all your clothes and place them in their designated drawers.

Use drawer dividers to organize smaller items like underwear, socks, panty hoses and ties.

If the drawers are deep enough, you can use inexpensive plastic boxes and baskets (or reuse shipping/shoe boxes) to group smaller items such as underwear, socks, panty hoses and ties.

You can make your own drawer dividers using thick cardboard pieces (or thin pieces of plywood or MDF) cut to size. If using plywood or MDF, cut it a little smaller than the depth of the drawer (but needs to sit snugly) so that you can put scratch guards on both ends to prevent damage to the drawers. Cover the plywood/MDF pieces with contact paper to protect the clothes from rough edges of the wood.

Group tops by sleeve length. You can further group them as whites and colors. Assign drawers for all your T-shirts, under shirts, tanks and camisoles.

If you have limited number of drawers, combine similar items like T-shirts and tank tops into one drawer. Put T-shirts on one end, long sleeved tops in the middle and sleeveless tops like tanks and camisoles on the other end.

You can use drawer dividers to keep the stacks separate.

If your drawers are not tall enough to stack folded clothes, you can roll or fold them small and arrange them vertically.

Do not overfill your drawers. It will make it difficult to access what you need. This could also damage your clothes. Put clothes that don't fit in the drawers in the closet shelf. You can also hang from the closet rod.

Similarly assign drawers for bottoms by grouping them according to their length (jeans, shorts, skirts etc.), loungewear, activewear, sleepwear etc.

Assign a bottom drawer or a top drawer that is above eye level for items you don’t use as often like swimwear.

You can label the drawers for easy identification.

Return clothes to the appropriate drawers and stacks after you wash them. Maintaining the closet drawers is essential.

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