In the process of cleaning and decluttering your home, you’ll want to learn to better utilize every space in your house. Today, let’s look at a few tips and tricks on how to organize a drawer. I’ll use a few visuals to better explain the process.
As always, I recommend decluttering as you go. Decluttering prior to organizing your drawer will help you have more room and better utilize your space available. Only keep items you use and love. Donate or sell items that you no longer use.
To Organize Bedroom Drawers:
Obviously, the type of items going into the drawer matters when deciding how to best organize this area. For lingerie and undergarments, I like the layering effect as seen in this photo above. I don’t know about you, but my bras can sometimes cost a premium. So, it only makes sense that I would want to make them last by caring for them properly.
In this photo above, you can see how she has placed each bra over the top of the other, descending down. This allows you to see what you have in the drawer and also retains the form and shape of the bras. To store underwear in a drawer, you can layer them in a descending fashion, as well, or use small boxes within the drawer to contain them.
Some famous and professional organizers recommend storing clothing vertically in drawers. While I do not do so, I can see how this can be effective as it allows you to see every item in the drawer at once. Browse Pinterest for inspiration on vertical storage.
To Organize Kitchen Drawers:
Consider first what items store best in drawers and what items are best stored in other ways. Pay attention to the photo above of the kitchen crock. This item sits out on your countertop, but is still visually appealing. I recommend this item if the items you need to store will prevent the drawers from opening and closing smoothly. This works well for large or oddly shaped items.
To organize and store silverware and other cooking utensils in a drawer, I recommend silverware trays. Look for the kind that has plenty of dividers.
Another great option for items that are too large to fit in the silverware tray, but are small enough to fit in a drawer is this: apply drawer liners in the drawer and lay items flat and vertically.
Look for a drawer liner that is made of a rubber or “sticky” type of material that prevents the items from moving every time you open and close the drawer. It is essential that your drawer liner prevents the items from moving to keep it organized. If you have small children in the home, avoid storing knives in drawers and other areas that little ones can access.
To Organize First Aid Items:
For safety, do NOT store dangerous items such as medicines within the reach of small children.
To store first aid items such as bandages, tape, and the like, use small containers within the drawer. You can find these types of small boxes and trays at the Dollar Tree, so don’t feel like you have to spend a fortune getting organized.
Also, look for small boxes you may already have in your home, such as small cell phone boxes. These work great and are usually very sturdy. First, take the items you plan to store out of the boxes they came in when you purchased them.
I like to organize items by type, like the ones seen in the photo above. Notice how every inch of space within the drawer is used. Try to organize your containers and trays to use every space in the drawer. Again, always practice safety if you have small children that could access this drawer. Use child safety locks for security, and never store medicines within their reach.
To Organize Bathroom Drawers:
Bathroom drawers are usually premium property, especially if your bathroom is small and has little storage. To organize a bathroom drawer, try using silverware trays.
This works especially well for toothbrushes and toothpastes, because they create messes but can be wiped clean easily. I love the idea of using silverware trays in kids’ shared bathrooms because you can store each toothbrush vertically in a tray but it doesn’t touch the toothbrush beside it.
To organize hair products in a bathroom drawer, store the items vertically with the caps on to prevent spills. You can add small containers within the drawers to hold brushes, combs, and hair bows and hair accessories. Again, store “like items” together. Example, store all brushes together, all hairbands together, all bobby pins together, etc.
If you have limited space in your bathroom, consider storing some of your more visually appealing items outside of the drawers. An example would be rolling towels and storing them upright in a pretty basket. Also, consider storing toilet paper in a pretty stand or a basket near the toilet. This frees up valuable storage space.
Generally, storing lots of things on the countertops makes the room look smaller and more cluttered. However, if you can store items like towels, washcloths, and toilet paper in a pretty fashion, do it. Below is a photo showing an example of attractive bathroom storage.
To Organize Desk Drawers:
Desk drawers can be organized by using trays with multiple dividers. Again, Dollar Tree is a great resource for finding these at a low cost. Divide the items by category and store them together.
Also, be sure to declutter before beginning. Toss away markers or pens that no longer work. Use the photo below for inspiration. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you probably already know I am a huge fan of Pinterest. Use Pinterest to look for ideas and inspiration on organizing drawers.
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