Bedroom Mission #3: Dig through your drawers!

Filed under: Bedrooms,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 10:50 am on Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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475062_laundry.jpgDoes your bedroom furniture look pretty—only if the drawers are closed? Or maybe when you open your drawers they look okay, but you still just can’t seem to find what you are looking for? This week we’re going to stop using our drawers to “hide” our belongings and start using them to “find” them.

Here’s the plan:

  1. Start by making your bed so you have a clear surface.
  2. Starting with your clothing drawers, empty one drawer at a time and sort the items into piles (i.e. pants, shirts, work-out clothes, pajamas, underwear, etc). As yourself: “Do I like this?” , “Do I wear this?” , “Do I need this?” . If the answer is “No”, it is time to say “goodbye” to the item.
  3. After sorting through your clothing, ask yourself if the item has a better home than inside your dresser. Perhaps the item is seasonal and could be stored in long term storage, or the item would be better off hung up in your closet.
  4. Now assess your drawer space. Place the items you use most frequently into the drawers that are the most accessible. Use awkward spaces to store less used items, such as purses.
  5. Consider using drawer organizers to eliminate “digging”. Try this sock organizer or make your own by using the bottle divider insert from beer/liquor boxes. Use what you have! Grab a shoe box to hold all your pantyhose, freeing up the remainder of your drawer for other items.
  6. Think outside the box. Just because you’ve kept your underwear in the same drawer for 15 years doesn’t mean that it has to stay in the same drawer. Store it in the drawer that make sense according to the size and location of the drawer. You can always temporarily label your drawers until you remember where everything goes!
  7. After you finish with your clothing, move on to any junk drawers, bookcases and other storage areas in your room. Sort & purge.
  8. Repeat this process in as many bedrooms in your home as your time allows.

Overwhelmed by this project? Set Me Free! offers hands-on help.

Are you motivated by this mission or have a great organizing idea that works for you? Leave a comment to inspire others!

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