Organizing Drawers

Drawers are very useful storage areas and can really help you stay organized. However, if the drawers are a mess they won't help much at all. This is a page about organizing drawers.
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When my Kleenex boxes are empty, I cut the tops off and use the bottom part as dividers in my dresser drawers and cabinets. The new Kleenex or Scotty boxes are usually flowered and pretty enough to use. I store socks, panties, bras, scarves, hose, etc. in them. This is very handy and keeps things organized. I also put some boxes in the top of my closet to sort out hats, gloves, scarves.

By Connie P. from Vandalia, OH

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January 12, 2012

I had used the last Q-tip and was separating the plastic from the cardboard for recycling when I realized the clear plastic box would make a great drawer organizer. I have some store bought trays but the Q-tip box is much bigger and since they are clear, they don't seem to make the drawer "shrink". I use them in bathroom drawers for small bottles and in my dresser drawers for hankies and hose and in the "junk drawer".

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By tazfan from on Olympic Peninsula, WA

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I ask my co-workers to save empty office stationery and check boxes for me. I use them to organize my drawers and cabinets. They slide in and out easily and make organizing inexpensive.

By Dawn from Pamplin, VA

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I've found that since my husband is an avid golfer, we have an abundance of golf ball boxes, which make perfect drawer organizers. The boxes from Titlist, Pentach, and Calloway are reinforced and just the right size.

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I use old plastic drawers and drawer inserts in my tool chests, on my electronics workbench, to hold dies temporarily when reloading brass, etc. In short just about any place outside of the kitchen where I need an inexpensive, reasonably tough yet disposable sorting and storing needs.

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My drawers were a disaster. I could not find what I needed. So I pulled everything out and washed them out. I looked to see how many little bins I would need and then organized everything into the little bins.

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It is much better now for finding things.

A drawer organized with small containers.

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I found a great use for cardboard from pop cases or 12 packs, I use it to make dividers for my drawers, such as my "junk" drawer.

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April 4, 2005

Tips for organizing drawers, especially junk and desk drawers. Post your ideas.

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January 30, 20050 found this helpful

I use plastic utensil sorters in junk and desk drawers to keep things in order. Often you can buy them at the dollar store.

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January 30, 20050 found this helpful

Small boxes are my downfall - I can't throw one away! But they do come in handy for drawer organisers and gift wrapping. I'm talking about light cardboard boxes averaging about 4" - 6" square/rectangular. In drawers I remove the lids and cut the sides to the right height for the drawer. I also subdivide some with smaller plastic boxes I just pick up in my travels, always 'found' never bought - for things like paper clips, rubber bands, stapler and staples, etc. A selection of sizes enables me to fit the box size to its contents and fill all the space. I used to use plastic cutlery trays but they weren't adaptable enough.

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They don't need covering with Contac as you can't see their sides.

I keep my medicines, (paracetamol, antacids, etc) in the lidded box my digital camera came in and my dressings and antiseptics in the box my iron came in, on a high shelf in the bathroom. I am also planning on 'boxing' my spare toiletries as this makes shelf cleaning/dusting a breeze - instead of moving individual bottles I will be able to just lift 3 or 4 boxes off the shelf and the lids will stop the bottles collecting dust.

Storage catalogues can be very helpful for ideas - look at what they are selling and see can you adapt any of the ideas using cheap or recycled materials.

Regards

Jo

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By Kathy (Guest Post)
January 31, 20050 found this helpful

I use my empty Christmas card boxes. They are low and flat and fit well in shallower drawers.

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My daughters pony tail holders and clippies go in these.

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January 31, 20050 found this helpful

An envelope taped to the inside of the drawer on the side will hold twist-ties and plastic tabs for bread bags. This would also be good for rubber bands or any other small things in the junk drawer.

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April 4, 20050 found this helpful

I wash and reuse the square rigid plastic trays (not styrofoam) from frozen entrees to organize drawers - they're great for office supplies, cosmetics, jewelry - you name it!

By Jolie

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April 28, 20050 found this helpful

You can also use ice cube trays for small items...

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August 27, 20050 found this helpful

I use boxes too... like everyone else seems to do, but if your low on boxes and don' want to spend the time or money on getting new boxes. That one box you have could become a great deal of help. If you have the time,that is. You can cut the sides and size them to the desk, but you have to make sure you don't just cut the (let's say it's a shoe box) shrait across, but instead that you cut the corner of the box.

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You cut a ninty degree angled corner because the straight peice will slip and fall and some of your stuffwil roll underneath it. So just size it to whatever you want it to be and tape it for extra suport if you'ld like.

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August 27, 20050 found this helpful

Oh and one more thing you can do... If you eat eggs you can use egg cartons. for those peskey little nic-nack in your drawers, but this is a makshift idea. If you are low on cash. Otherwise any store would have little trays that you could buy (I know walmart supercenter has them because I have purchased some there before for a dollar) It's really up to you. Go the meney route or just take it easy and be creative with the stuff you've got.

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May 14, 20060 found this helpful

Probably clean empty plastic milk jugs could be cut down and set down inside of drawers to hold items. I haven't done this yet but was thinking how it'd work. There are all sorts of containers that could be recycled into organizations tools.

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April 28, 2005

I have a lot of clothes and I can't seem to find the right shirt when I want it, then the next day i find it! It's so annoying, I wish there was some way to organize my closet and drawers. Any suggestions whould be greatly appreiciated! THANKS,

Katie

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April 29, 20050 found this helpful

Hi! I just love organizing my closet! I use those "magic hangers" You can hang 5 or more garments on one plastic hanger with vertical holes. A hanger goes into each one, so in the space of one hanger you have 5 garments. I hang one area for Blazers, for knit tops, one for dress tops, and sweaters. put them in according to color. The clothes I wear the most I put in the middle The clothes i wear the least go to the back of the closet Oh I got my magic hangers on Ebay!

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By Kelly (Guest Post)
April 29, 20050 found this helpful

This is a completely free way to find what you want to wear each day-get your outfit ready the night before.

My daughter would never have time in the morning to find all the pieces and accesories that she wanted to wear to school, but doing it the night before lets her have plenty of time to get it just right!

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By Debbie (Guest Post)
April 29, 20050 found this helpful

Organize by shape. For example, put all short-sleeved shirts together, then long-sleeved shirts, then short skirts, then long skirts, then pants. You may have to get creative, depending on the fit between your storage space and your clothing. For example, I have three sock drawers, one big and two small. The big one has my short socks. One small one has my black and red (and maroon and grey) knee socks and tights. The other has all my other knee socks, tights, and hose.

Or organize by use. Have everything you use all the time in the most convenient place, and things you use only for special or specialized occasions in another place. You may even want to box up (and label) winter things when it gets warm enough--just having more room should help you find things.

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April 29, 20050 found this helpful

Another way to organize clothes that are hanging up is by color.

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By suzi homemaker (Guest Post)
May 3, 20050 found this helpful

I have one section for dresses, skirts and robes(anything long). Then I have one section for shirts divided into long sleeve shirts, T-shirts, and other shirts(button up or dressier t-shirts), all in order by color. I have one section of pants and shorts. My sweats are all folded on the top shelf. My drawers are used only for PJ's, undies & bras, socks, and the top drawer is for jewelry. I always pick out my clothes the night before. It's a lifesaver!

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October 12, 2012

This page is about organizing clothing in dresser drawers. Arranging your clothes smartly helps to make them easy to find and saves you time.

Shirts folded neatly in a dresser drawer.

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November 28, 2004

I use paper towels to line my bathroom and kitchen drawers. When soiled, just toss them out and re-line again with another paper towel. They will absorb liquid in case something liquid gets spilled in the drawers.

By Gladys Hill

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