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How To Get Rid Of Dresser Drawer Clutter

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Today's mission is to get rid of your dresser drawer clutter, by decluttering excess clothing within those drawers.


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Yesterday we focused on decluttering the top of your dresser, so today is the day to dig into the contents of the drawers themselves and keep only the clothing that you like or need, and that you have room for.

This mission is designed to be done while working on the Bedroom Organization Challenge here on the site, which is one of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenges. That's because often a dresser is found within your bedroom, and not inside your closet itself, even though it holds clothing. But of course, you can also do this mission whenever you need to within your home.

Please note that you will need to do this mission for each dresser that you have in your home, including for yourself and for kids, and we'll talk more about kids' dressers below, in the next section.

I've designated dates on the declutter calendar for you to do the kids' dressers as you work on their closets and bedrooms later in the Organized Home Challenge, so don't feel like you have to do those now, but instead first focus on your own folded clothing within your dresser drawers.

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How To Know If You Need To Declutter Your Dressers

Dressers and wardrobes are two of the main ways we store our clothing that is folded, and not hung up in our closets. But anytime you have clothes in drawers it is easy for them to get crammed in there and jumbled up, especially if you have more inside the drawers than really fits.

In fact, I'd say the main reason to declutter your dresser drawers is to make the process of opening and closing these drawers easier for you.

Here's a great way to figure out if you've got too many clothes in your clothing drawers -- if you dread putting away clean laundry.

There can be other reasons you dislike putting away clothing beside cluttered clothing drawers, but I guarantee that if your drawers are cluttered that you'll absolutely detest putting stuff away inside them because it is soooo much more effort than it otherwise should be to get it done.

Once you've taken the time to remove the excess, and have plenty of room inside the drawers though, the whole process of putting away laundry becomes a breeze. It really will make that task easier, as well as making getting ready in the morning each day easier as well,
since it will be easier to find the clothes you do want to wear.

This is exactly what a Declutter 365 participant, Becky, realized, so she decided to tackle this mission. She stated, along with sharing the photos below, "Drawers got chaotic so I emptied them on my bed! Sorted, culled and tidied. Will be 3rd trip to clothing recycling this month."

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How To Tackle Decluttering Your Clothing Drawers

My suggestion for decluttering dressers is simple: focus on only one drawer at a time.

Since typically drawers are relatively small spaces you can remove everything from one drawer and then evaluate each item and decide if it earns its spot back inside the drawer.

To help you decide what clothes to keep versus to get rid of, make sure to use the 9 questions for decluttering clothes found in the linked article.

Further, there is a wide variety of types of clothing you can find in dresser drawers, and there are individual decluttering missions for these main clothing types:Once you've done the first pass, and decluttered clothing from all of your drawers, one drawer at a time, it's time to sort your clothing and put like items with like, making sure all your socks are in one drawer, and shirts in another, as opposed to located in multiple drawers.

This quick sorting will help you see how many of different varieties of clothing items you actually have, and may allow you to do another round of purging, getting rid of more t-shirts for example, once you see all of them combined together.

The other part of decluttering dressers that you need to keep in mind is that you've got to keep decluttering until you either have space for everything you're keeping, without everything being crammed in there, or you've got to find a new place to store some of that clothing you do want to keep but that won't fit easily inside the dresser drawers.

Making sure you only keep what you have room for is an important part of the process, so think of your dresser as a large storage container that limits what you can keep based on its storage size.

Keep sifting through the clothes you believe you're keeping until everything fits, which means you might make a couple of decluttering passes through the clothes stored in your dresser.

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Additional Instructions When Decluttering Kids' Clothing Drawers

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In general the instructions for decluttering dresser drawers is the same for both adults and kids.

You can declutter your kids' dressers when we're working through the Kids' Closet Organizing Challenge or Kids' Bedroom Organizing Challenge here on the site, both of which are also part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge. (If your kids are older, make sure they help with the decluttering process, to learn this life skill and also to begin being responsible for their own stuff.)

However, when you are decluttering kids clothes from their clothing drawers you should keep in mind that it's important to do this task more regularly than you do for yourself. I suggest twice a year around the time the seasons change, such as back to school time, in the early fall, as well as during the spring.

The reason for this is that unlike for adults, kids are constantly growing, which means their clothing becomes too small for them more frequently.

If you find yourself getting frustrated each morning, or evening, as you're helping your kids get ready for school or for bed, because they're not able to find the clothes that fit, it's almost a sure sign you need to clean out the dresser drawers (and perhaps declutter your kids' closet as well).

All those clothes that are too small are taking up precious room in the drawers and making the process of getting ready take sooooo much longer than it should, for everyone, since everyone has to move them around to find the stuff that does fit.

If you do a quick decluttering session at the beginning of each major season change, both warm and cool, it can help you every single day to make the process of dressing much easier and less of a hassle.

Here's an article with tips for how to declutter kids clothes, including criteria and questions you and your child can ask as you do this task.

How to declutter kids clothes


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Top image courtesy of a reader, Stacy, and second image courtesy of another reader, Xahra

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How You Fold Clothes In Your Dresser Drawers Can Make A Big Impact

Tips for decluttering dresser drawers for both adults and kids, to keep them easy to open and close, and well organized {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Finally, I want you to consider how you fold your clothes in your dresser drawers as you work on decluttering and organizing the contents of them.

I didn't always realize this, but how we fold and place the clothes in the drawers makes a big impact on how much we can fit in there, and also how easily the organizational system either stays in place or gets messed up quickly.

You can see from the pictures above that folding your clothes in a specific way can make a big impact. The first photo in the collage is from a reader, Amber, who used the folding technique I'll link to below in her own drawers. Folding that way, plus a bit of decluttering, and see how she has so much more room left now?

Similarly, the second photo is from another reader, Holly, who uses the folding technique, plus an organizational tip, to help her kids keep their clothes more organized and in better rotation. She explained, "I have three kids and I do all of their drawers like this. I pair 1 top with 1 bottom and so on and then line them up on their sides. In the morning we pull out the outfit furthest to the right and then as I wash clothes I put them away furthest to the left. This way everything gets worn, instead of the same few outfits getting picked over and over."

I love this idea, and I wanted to share it because I thought you might too! Thanks for telling me about it Holly.

The folding technique these readers are using is discussed in this article here about folding t-shirts, so come check it out to learn how to do it for yourself as well!

Simple trick to organize your t-shirt drawer


In addition, see another example below from a Declutter 365 participant, Erica, who also decluttered and organized using this folding technique, and what a difference it has made for her.

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Once you declutter one type of item in your home I bet you'll want to declutter some more. After all, decluttering gives you a great reward for even a small investment of time and energy.

The Declutter 365 system is designed to help you declutter, over the course of a year, your entire house, with just 15 minutes of decluttering each day!

Hundreds of thousands of people use this proven system to get rid of their clutter, and bring peace and calm back to their homes.

Declutter 365 works to guide you to clear the clutter without overwhelm, focusing on just one small area at a time, and without making a huge mess in the process, so you see consistent forward progress without all that "messy middle" that makes it even harder to function in your home than before you started.

In addition to building a daily decluttering habit, the Declutter 365 program, along with the accompanying 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, teaches you the skills, habits, routines, and mindsets necessary to maintain the clutter free and organized state of your home from now on, so it'll never be as messy and cluttered as it is right now, ever again.

If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!


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In addition, here's a round up of all the Declutter 365 missions on the site for decluttering clothes of all kinds.

How to declutter your wardrobe of excess clothes


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Comments for How You Fold Clothes In Your Dresser Drawers Can Make A Big Impact

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Kids mess up folded clothes getting out an outfit?
by: Becky Johns

We used a ten space fabric shoe organizer…my child put together a top and bottom she liked and I folded them, she put an outfit in each space. She can choose to wear them in any order she wants to. Ten is a ideal number as it is one for each day of week with 3 spare outfits if laundry day is delayed.

We kept it to one seasons clothing in one organizer (shorts and short sleeve tops) but added another organizer with ten outfits using lightweight leggings and tops for transition to fall, trips to canyon, or air conditioning.

Organizers come in a two pack, about $7 each.

Two children , a boy and a girl share this closet…so a set for each child.

Pj fit in a bin underneath, with undies.

Socks are by the outside door with shoe basket.

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