With just a few changes, your day can start off so much more smoothly. See our top tips for getting your bedroom dresser organized once and for all.
A blank slate lets you really optimize your dresser space and be mindful of everything you choose to put inside. Start by emptying each drawer and consider washing items that may have been in storage for a while. Now is the opportunity to add liners to your drawers to protect the interior and your clothing if you like. We love removable wallpaper for this purpose.
Take the time to review all of the items that were previously in your dresser. Are they out of season? Damaged? Not your style anymore? Declutter your dresser by moving out of season items to under-the-bed storage or another space in your home. Donate pieces that aren’t your style (or don’t fit anymore), and repurpose or dispose of anything that’s too damaged to donate.
Take an inventory of your clothes and determine what makes sense to store in drawers versus the closet. Hosiery, socks, underwear, accessories, pajamas, and t-shirts are great for drawers, while bulkier items take up more space folded than on hangers. Move button down shirts and blouses, sweaters, and pants to the closet or another storage space for the off-season.
The best way to organize your dresser drawers is to think about your daily routine and configure your bedroom dresser to suit your habits. Keep socks and underwear in upper drawers for easy access. If you have a drawer designated for accessories, make it easy to reach and go through so you keep your day to day look fresh.
Generally, you’ll want to group like items together in the same drawer, but also consider other parts of your routine. Roll up sets of gym shorts and tops together so they’re easy to grab on the way out the door, or keep daily socks and hosiery together while special occasion shapewear gets its own space.
Once you designate a drawer for each item, organize your dresser by color, season, or whatever makes the most sense to you based on how you get dressed for the day.
Upping your folding game Marie Kondo-style can open up a lot more storage space in your dresser than you think. If you have never worked a retail job folding clothes (lucky you!), take the time to master a quick t-shirt fold with one of the many video tutorials online. Store folded shirts, shorts, and underwear vertically like file folders so it’s easy to find the item you’re looking for.
Cotton items can be folded, but you may wish to roll synthetic tops, ties, tank tops, leggings, camisoles, and tights to take up less space. As for what not to fold – skip folding bras and line them up neatly in smaller boxes or lingerie organizers like you see in retail stores to help extend their lifespans.
If your dresser has larger drawers or you need to store lots of smaller items, try drawer dividers, baskets, bins, and dresser drawer organizers; they can help make it easy. Look for options with differently-sized compartments to suit your needs and mix and match different organizers depending on the contents of each drawer.
After a few days in a drawer, your clothes aren’t likely to smell as fresh as they did right out of the dryer. Sachets or scented drawer liners are a great pre-made option for helping your bedroom dresser drawers smell better. Or take the DIY route and make your own sachet with potpourri and a small cotton bag, stick a few dryer sheets in your drawers, or stash a perfumed hand soap in the back of your drawer for nicely scented clothing.
Extra drawers?! If you have a large dresser or live a more minimalist lifestyle, you just may have them. Make use of those lower drawers by stashing spare bedding, towels, or seasonal items. You’ll be grateful when you’re ready for a night of clean bed sheets but haven’t done the laundry yet.
Adding a tray to the top of your dresser helps keep your favorite essentials close at hand (and provides a mini drop zone for when you’re just too tired to put your earrings away). Keep perfume or cologne, a small jewelry organizer, and your day-to-day pieces in the tray, then decorate the rest of your dresser top with a vase of flowers, treasured photos, a lamp, or other accents.
See our dresser décor ideas for even more inspiration.
You’ll stick to an organization scheme that works for you, so make tweaks to your dresser as you discover how you use it. Maybe it makes more sense to have shirts up top if you don’t mind reaching for socks in a lower drawer, or you prefer underwear and bras paired together in one drawer so you have extra room for other pieces elsewhere. Adjust as you like and make a habit of putting clothes away right as they’re cleaned to keep a harmonized bedroom space.