Wednesday, January 11, 2012

{organized drawers}

I've been totally lazy lately... my work schedule has been sporadic and mostly evening shifts, so I've been doing a lot of sleeping in, drawing, and reading lately. (Finished two books this week: The Help, and Becoming Odyssa, both of which I recommend.)

On my last day off I felt suddenly inspired to organize the drawers in our apartment that have been driving me crazy. It was one of those, "this really needs to be organized, but I haven't bought anything for it yet, so that will be a project for another day..." kind of thought. Also, what is it about cleaning that makes the house get cleaner and more satisfying as you go along, but organizing just makes it messier and more frustrating?

As it turned out, I finally found the day for making a mess of my house. (Hooray) One very productive (and rather expensive... I got carried away) trip to Target later, I was home and reorganizing most of the house. Here's the magic:

First of all, our junk drawer was a total wreck. It contained anything from screwdrivers to batteries to inkless pens to twist ties. With no mode of organization, it has been building up in excess and making me wince every time I opened the drawer.


Oh, yeah. That's just painful.

After taking a couple measurements, I found the perfect junk drawer organizer at Target -- it even had a specific slot for batteries! -- and used it to keep everything neat and tidy. The reusable grocery bags I moved to a lower drawer with the ziploc bags, and thus, my junk drawer makes me smile, now!



The top part even slides back and forth, so it's two-leveled for more organizational goodness.

The second project was our guest room computer desk. This also doubles as my craft desk, so inevitably, all my pens, pencils, tape, glue, hole punches, markers, rulers, staplers (why do I have three??) and other random craft supplies get shoved in this drawer. Some of them I have organized on top of the desk, but everything else finds its way into the abyss of the drawer.


A few pen organizer buys later, and the drawer makes a transformation...



Not only that, but I picked up some underwear drawer dividers for our dresser. I'm not sure why it took me 27 years to discover clothes dividers, but let me tell you, they have saved my life. I own entirely too many pairs of socks and undergarments, and trying to find them in the smallest drawer of the dresser is a total pain. A few fabric dividers from IKEA later and voila!


Feeling on a roll with this organizing thing, yesterday I tackled the hoards of memorabilia stuff shoved in our guest closet... yearbooks and notebooks and plaques from our high school years. I managed to clean up a bit, but in the long run I did more harm than good, as our guest room now has a closets-worth of junk all over the floor. C'est la vie! A project for another day...

13 comments:

  1. I have found that if you do not fold your bras in half, but rather leave the unfolded and tuck the back closure and straps in and stack them in your drawer vertically like your t-shirts, you can see them all at once. If you have ever been to a Victoria's Secret store, it is how they store them in their drawers and it looks very pretty:)

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    1. Ooo I like that! I'll have to try it!
      Of course, most of the time I'm just really lazy and hang my bras on towel hooks on my bathroom door. :)

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  2. I hang mine on hangers in the closet (pick a couple for the week and they're hanging in the lower half of our walkin closet). I loop both shoulder straps over a hanger and hang one one one side then one on the other side of the hanger.

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  3. As a money saver, I use shoe boxes in my dresser drawer to organize instead of purchasing the fabric ones. If you really want to pretty it up, you can cover the boxes with fabric, patterned contact paper, or even spray paint them (black is my choice of color for these)!

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  4. I used the shoebox idea and truly love it. Worked like a charm.

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  5. Is there a way to do jeans. I hang all mine and the kids up. Is there a better way to put them in the drawers.

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    1. I hang my jeans, too (I think they're too bulky for drawers) but I imagine using the folding technique described here would work pretty well: http://www.darkroomanddearly.com/2012/03/diy-organized-t-shirt-drawers.html

      You would just have to fold the pants in thirds so that they sat up properly. I've done this with my other pants and it works quite well. (Granted, they are a little lighter weight than jean material)

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    2. I hang all of my jeans on kids hangers and I LOVE IT!

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  6. I use a shoe box for bras, child's hangers for spaghetti strap tops, and i fold my pants in thirds and stack. I also use plastic tote boxes (instead of a laundry basket) so small objects - like baby socks and underwear - don't fall out of the holes. I fold all my t-shirts, sweaters, pants, and sweatshirts but hang up any good shirts, dresses, and skirts. I don't organize my underwear (besides into full coverage and minimal coverage piles and I use my socks to separate them), belts, or jewelry. I'm half organized, but I rotate ALL my clothes so it gets even wear.

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  7. Where did you find these underwear drawer dividers? They're a brilliant idea, but I've been drawing a blank on finding some to buy that will small enough to fit in my drawers.

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    1. I got mine at IKEA. They're wonderful!
      http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60192633/#/00192631

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    2. Thank you for that lovely tip, I always forget that Ikea has so many great deals on organizing stuff like that. :D

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  8. I used 2 of the cardboard containers used for cup of soup 6 packs. Stacked my bras like VS does.

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