Declutter Top Of Dresser: 15 Minute Mission

Today's decluttering mission is to declutter the top of your dresser.

We'll do inside the dresser drawers as a separate mission another day.

Right now just clear off the top of stuff that shouldn't be there, leaving it mainly cleared off.

It's a flat surface and for many people that means it's a magnet for items that you'll "just put down for a minute," and then hours, days, gasp . . . months later those things are still there!

So, today's the day to see the top of this surface again. It would be a good time to dust as well if it's been a while. Ready, set, go!

Bonus points if you tell me what types of items seem to accumulate on top of your dresser.

Plus, I'd love to hear what you think should stay there most of the time. After all you don't have to have the top completely cleared off.

You might like to have something decorative, for example, but I tend to think it's more calming to have some clear surfaces, especially in your bedroom, so if you feel the same really get ruthless with clearing the area.

Photo courtesy of Tex

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What Kinds Of Things Do You Keep On Top Of Your Dresser?

The photo above is from a reader, Jessica. She explained, about the top of this piece of furniture, "My issue is this. Lol, don't judge me. Lotions, meds I take every morning, perfumes, body sprays, etc."

That sentiment was echoed by many readers who've taken on this challenge.

Examples Of Common Types Of Clutter On Many People's Dressers

Here are some common types of items that seem to end up on this flat surface. The trend is that often the dresser becomes a catch all when you don't have a real home for certain things as you undress, or walk into the room with the item in your hands:
  • Clothes (not in the drawers)

  • Papers, books, mail, receipts, bills, etc.

  • Makeup and personal care items

  • Jewelry and accessories that you've recently worn but not put away, just taken off

  • Change and other money from your pockets or purse

  • Cups, water bottles, or even dishes
The thing to remember, though, is that a mostly clear and clutter free surface is really so much more calming and relaxing, and ultimately that is one of the purposes of your bedroom. To be a place for you to rest and relax.

So as you remove items from this surface take some time and think about where it's home is. If you don't have a convenient place for it, perhaps make one.

So, for example, if you always have change in your pocket each night that lands on the dresser, perhaps put a little bank on your dresser that you use to collect your change and then treat yourself or the family to something when it gets full.

It doesn't have to be difficult or hard to be effective!

Potential Items You Might Want To Keep On Your Dresser Even After Decluttering

Of course, like I said, you don't have to keep the flat surface completely clear. Many people find this to be too sterile.

Here are ideas of what could be appropriate to keep there. It all depends on how much you want there, and how much room you've got. Only you know what will work best for yourself.
  • Small jewelry box, or holder for other accessories

  • Framed picture of family or friends

  • Decorative knick knacks (within reason) such as a candle, artwork, lamps, etc.

  • Alarm clock, remote controls, or other items just like you might find on a nightstand, if your dresser does double duty for this function as well

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You Can Do This Mission! Just Look At These Great Results For Inspiration



Before After

The pictures above are from a reader, Amanda, who took on this mission and produced some great results quickly.

She said, though, of the after picture, "Now I just have to deal with the junk."

Yeah, unfortunately you do, otherwise you've just shuffled your clutter around. Like I said though, take a few minutes and try to make homes for the obvious items that seem to take up residence over and over again on your dresser top, and keeping it clear from now on will be much easier.

Amanda's before and after of her declutter dresser top mission

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Uncluttered Dresser: Doesn't It Look Peaceful?

Here's quite a few more pictures from readers who've taken on this mission to provide you with some inspiration.

This first one, above, is from Melissa, who keeps her chest of drawers clutter free most of the time. Way to go Melissa!

Here's another below, from Katherine.

uncluttered dresser top

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Just Removing A Few Things Makes A Difference!

by Kimberley



After Before

Here's some before and after photos from a reader, Kimberley.

Just removing those few pieces of clutter can make such a visual difference.

Great job Kimberley!

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Thanks For These Quick Missions!

by Eva



After Before

Finally, here's before and after pictures from Eva. She said, "Hubs will be so pleased with me. Thank you Home Storage Solutions 101 for your quick missions!"

Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope seeing these pictures has inspired you to clear the clutter off your own dresser or chest of drawers.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

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Comments for Thanks For These Quick Missions!

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Cosmetics ON dresser
by: Anonymous

I wear glasses, and cannot see without them. My makeup is on a re-purposed glass vegetable tray, out where I can see everything. I line up items in the order they are to be used before I take off my glasses.

Where will I put my stuff
by: Anonymous

My bureau is always full on top of it. But if I take things off it where do they go? My makeup, my perfumes, my creams, etc.

My clutter is like just keeps multiplying!
by: Kristen

A year or two ago I got sick of seeing all the stuff I unloaded from my pockets after work. I'm a nurse and I have a ton of stuff in there. Pens-at least a half dozen, assorted papers and post its, Phones, a few different types of medical tape, bandage scissors, needles, flushes, etc etc...once I pulled a chocolate pudding out of my pocket!

Anyway....I got tired of seeing that stuff cluttering the top of my dresser. I rearranged the drawers, (I cleared the clutter and donated a bag of clothes/stuff). I was able to clear out both of the little top drawers.

I arranged some dollar store containers and now I dutifully put my stuff away when I get home from work *in the drawer that I can close and it all disappears*. LOVELY! That drawer gets a little overcrowded now and then. I do a quick clean out once in a while.

It's been a great solution. I wish I could say I have kept up my clean and uncluttered dresser top...but no. Not even. It's always crowded w STUFF, mainly medicine bottles. So I set up the little drawer on the right and dedicated it to my pills. My daily meds are set up and the other "as needed" meds (Benadryl, Tylenol...) have neatly handwritten labels stuck on top of each cap for fast finding. I love all of this stuff.

Unfortunately my plans usually get bigger than my enthusiasm, energy, and time. But this one I actually did and maintained.
Good luck to you all!!💗

storing make-up
by: Debbie

Can you put your make-up ON in a bathroom? If so, use the top drawer to store your supplies. If not, go shopping for a pretty box to house your make-up & other beauty supplies. That way, it's handy (yet) contained & concealed.

Clutter on my Dresser
by: Anonymous

What a mess! I have a 7 month old German Shepherd who chews on EVERYTHING! I place shoes, mail, books, clothes; anything that is his interest for moment. I finally became the grown-up and placed shoes and clothes back in the closet, books back on the book shelf.

So far I have maintained for over a month and feel so proud and relaxed when I go into my bedroom.

bags of buttons
by: Cricket

Lots of those tiny bags of buttons, the "spare ones" that come inside a new garment? Holy Moly~ I lost count!

what's on top of my dresser
by: Anonymous

Clothes tags
Socks with no mates

jewelry on my dresser top
by: Bbear

Jewelry boxes can stay. But now with so much costume jewelry there is an awful lot!

I love these 15 minute missions, I can do them!
by: Diane

Yes, any flat surface at my house is fair game to plop things down on. I love these fifteen minute missions because I can do them! They work! I changed up the artwork in my bedroom, so had to clear off the dresser. Oh My! The DUST!! I took everything off and put back the basket of orphaned socks. (it isn't very big) I sort through that every laundry day that has socks. I know, I need to stop doing that! I also put back my milk glass lidded dish with my favorite jewelry. So, in about twenty minutes, 3/4th of the dresser is cleaned and cleared. A framed painting is against the wall and all that is remaining are the things that my husband has accumulated on one end of the dresser. It really looks nice! Thank you for your inspiration!

what's on top of mine
by: Diane

Jewelry, mail, odd purse items.

Clear dresser surface
by: Krista

This topic is so spot-on. I too have daily meds, lotions, etc at the ready BUT what I did: All the MUST-HAVE daily meds/vitamins/lotions/topical creams are now in my TOP drawer, standing up just like they did on my dresser top but invisible. Easy. My dresser top now has a family photo and scentsy jar. That's it. So nice. So calming.

by: Rebecca

Easy to clear the clutter. How long will it stay gone? 😉 I have a before and after pic but I'm not sure how to post them.

Response to Rebecca re posting pictures
by: Taylor

I'd love to see your before and after photos. You can click the link to post your photos in the form, adding information about what you did and accomplished!

Thinking this through was liberating!
by: Anonymous

I have a recessed light right over my side of the bed. I never use the lamp on my bedside table, but never thought of moving it. (Is there a rule: You must have a lamp on your bedside table.) Thinking this through was liberating. I normally keep prescription drugs, lip balm and saline spray on the bedside table, as well as a collection of glasses, cups, beer bottles, etc. They need to go daily. I have found a basket for the scrips. So now its just scrips basket and my journal. More better! Thanks.

Dresser "Dee" Clutter
by: Dee

My dresser resembles a desk at times. I will sometimes empty my pockets of notepad and pen, a paperclip or two and maybe a couple of receipts from the grocery store and gas station onto the dresser top. Perhaps a tissue or two finds their resting place along with lip gloss, sunglasses, a coupon or two or three and oh, let's not forget that earring I lost the mate to. How did the deodorant wind up there? So, that's where I laid the band-aide. Hmm, the screwdriver should have been put back up in the tool box and the burned out light-bulb doesn't belong there. Ah, there is the clock, needs a new battery, but it will be good as new. The smiling faces of the grand-daughters is behind that thin layer of country dust....the frame is white, isn't it? While I am cleaning, I might as well wipe the lamp and the jewelry box. There, now that's better.

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