They do an amazing job of keeping things contained and at the same time they make staying organized easy.
Sometimes it’s just best to be able to throw things in the drawer like you’ve already been doing. Nothing new and complicated. When possible keep your organizing systems simple and similar to what you are doing now.
Follow these 5 steps using our End CLTR method to organize your drawer. Review all 7 steps here.
1. EMPTY the drawer.
Dump it out. There is something about emptying out your space that gives new excitement and hope! Clean it out with your vacuum or a rag.
2. NAME the piles.
Sort all the belongings that you just dumped out. Just pick one thing up and ask, “What is this?” Put it in a pile and name the pile category. Stick a note near it with the category name. Examples from the drawer above were: headbands, brushes, office supplies, money, trash, food, paper, etc.
3. DECIDE what you will keep.
Free yourself from junk and get rid of as much as you can. The more you get rid of the less decisions you have to make while organizing. The more you get rid of the easier it will be to stay organized.
Also, DECIDE what the purpose of the drawer will be.
When we emptied out the drawer in the picture above (a client’s daughters’ hair supply drawer) we found much more than hair stuff in it. We found pencils, markers, money, glue sticks, scissors, gum, etc.
We decided that the purpose of the drawer would only be to hold hair supplies. We created another drawer whose sole purpose was for office supplies.
Great satisfaction comes from knowing the purpose of a space and being able to find things when you need them.
4. CONTAIN items in the drawer.
When deciding how to contain these hair items my client and I discussed some options. We could add a ribbon on the back of a cabinet door or the bathroom door. This ribbon could have velcro tabs that would hold the headbands and bows would clip to it. We could make a paper towel headband holder and put it in the cabinet under the drawer. We could move the items to the bathroom (this drawer is in the kitchen).
But it came down to the fact that everyone is used to this drawer being used to toss the supplies into. They are ALL together now whereas if we added those other options they would be in more than one place.
How could we keep items in the drawer but have them be organized also? How could we keep things neat but still be able to toss something in and find it when you need it?
Use drawer dividers!!!
We separated the headbands from the brushes and the clips, ponytail holders and bows using wood dividers (find them here). I love this kind of drawer divider for kitchen drawers because they are only 2 3/8 inches tall. I use these in my own kitchen in the utensil drawers.
Then we used items my client already had (glass and plastic bowls) to hold ponytail holders, clips and other accessories.
Whenever possible be sure to label. We used my favorite label maker. Now my client and her daughters and her husband will know exactly where to put things back.
Here is a before and after picture of the white drawer dividers used in a child’s dresser drawer.
Clothes don’t have to be neatly folded either. Below are two examples of drawer dividers used in a dresser drawer to divide socks, tights, and underwear.
Using drawer dividers will help your kids stay organized. Best of all it keeps things SIMPLE. No complicated system that is time consuming and difficult to follow. They just toss their socks in the sock section.
Continue with the END CLTR steps T (test) and R (revisit) here.
Do you use drawer dividers? Share in the comments how and where you use them.