hack your drawers

Do you find that you tend to wear the same shirts or pants in your dresser over and over again? Sometimes you may even wonder where your favorite shirt went. I bet if you look it’s probably hidden in your dresser drawer underneath all of the other clothes. So how can this problem be fixed?

Is there a better way to organize clothes?

The way that most people put clothes away in their dresser drawer is to put one item down and then lay the others on top of that until they can’t fit any more if they want to close the drawer.

That is exactly how I put my clothes away too—until 3 years ago that is.

I really don’t even remember where I came across my new way of organizing my dresser drawers, but I saw it and decided I should give it a try.

So instead of laying shirts down on top of each other, you fold them like normal

(it doesn’t matter what normal is too you – my husband and I strongly disagree on this one)

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Just fold them the way you used to when you put them in the drawer on top of each other.

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Then fold them in half again.

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Then put them in rows.

If you want to see the shirt’s graphic, manipulate your fold appropriately.

You will find that you have more room in your drawer AND that you can see all of the shirts at one time. Now instead of wearing the same shirts over and over again you may choose different ones because they are all equally visible.

That favorite shirt of yours will no longer be missing (well unless you really did misplace it).

Our dresser drawers are shallow so depending on the size of the shirt it may require an extra fold, but most new dressers would not require that.

This process of folding and sorting also works for shorts, pants and pajamas. I completely overhauled my dresser drawers and have not gone back.

A question I have been asked many times is what happens when there are less items of clothing in there; don’t the piles fall forward or mess up?

This has potential to happen; however, usually the other shirts will just spread out a bit and not fall.

Also, I find that we (okay really it’s Brian) do laundry enough that I don’t ever have an almost empty dresser drawer.

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The whole process can take you less than 30 minutes. While you are folding each item to put them back in the drawer consider whether you want to keep the item as well.

You may find this is helpful in ridding yourself of clothes you may not love or wear anymore.

Spend 30 minutes and then give it a week to see if you like it.

The worst thing that can happen is you don’t love it and you spend 30 minutes and go back to your old way of doing things.

Best thing that can happen is you love the new way, you find yourself wearing more of your clothes and spending less time searching for clothing items when you are getting ready.

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