We are moving through the house to help you organize every single space! Up next we are heading into the bedroom and will first tackle the dresser drawers.
Drawers are intend to hold the clothes you need so you can find them when you get dressed each morning. However, over time, they become filled with items you no longer wear, things that you should toss and just honestly, end up being a mess. It makes it difficult to find what you need (and to determine what clothes you need to buy).
I tackle this job at least two – three times a year. I always make sure I do this in my kids’ rooms right before school starts and again when I am needing to shop for clothes for the next season. Doing so helps me keep track of what they’ve outgrown and the items they really need (so I don’t end up spending money on things that weren’t really necessary).
Make sure you print out our checklist below before you get started. Just click the image to get the printable version. You will also find these steps listed below and explained in greater detail. Let’s get started!
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1. Get your Trash and Donate boxes. Label the box or the bag and then place items into them as you clean things out.
2. Take everything out of all of the drawers. It is always easiest to tackle this job when you have a clean space. You can place items from each drawer onto separate piles on the floor and the bed, so you can tackle each one individually.
3. Clean out the drawer. You might be able to just wipe out the dust and dirt, but you my find you need to scrub it clean. If you like using liner paper, this is the time to replace what you had used previously.
4. Start with the first pile of items. Go through everything.
– items you still wear
– items that are not worn out
– items you still like (but may wear off season)
– items that need repair and you will actually fix
– any items you do not like or wear
– do not keep anything out of guilt
– anything that has holes and/or is beyond repair (or that you do not want to repair)
5. Fold each item and place back into the drawer neatly. While you may think that putting items into new drawers may seem like a good idea, it may not. If you don’t feel you can remember the new location, it is best to keep things where they were at previously.
5. Remove items that do not belong in your drawers. If you find things that should not be stored in your dresser drawers, return them to the place they should live. Do not toss into another room, but rather actually put them away (or you will just be creating more clutter).
6. Use organizers. You may want to use a basket for belts. Perhaps you could hang your scarves on the wall instead of putting them back into your drawer.
7. Make a list of the items you need. If you find that you have to throw out 4 pair of socks due to holes, you may need to replace them. If your child has outgrown all jeans, then you need to buy new ones that fit. Making a list while you organize will help you know what to buy the next time you see a sale or visit the store.
This is the form I use for my kids when cleaning out drawers, but you can use the same one or something similar.
That’s it! Now you can move on and do these same steps for each dresser in your home!!