Organizing Clothing Drawers

Alright, admit it, who has drawers that look like these…..
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Well, I definitely do, considering I snapped those photos of my very own drawers!  Most days I’m lucky if the clean clothes make it out of the laundry basket and find their way, folded, into to the drawers.  And when they do, they certainly aren’t neatly organized and easy to find.  I recently saw an article all about storing clothes vertically, so that it was easy to see what you had, and much easier to store space wise.  I decided to give it a try.  Stay tuned to see how I wound up with this:

FullSizeRender-9Ahhh, neatly organized and so easy to see what I have to wear!

I did used to work in a clothing store, so folding clothes was a specialty of mine.  I’ll show you a neat trick for making them even, but once you get the hang of it, its pretty easy just to eye ball it.
Let’s start with a shirt.  I’ll apologize in advance that they photos are taken on the sheets of my bed, but somedays thats just how it goes…

Step 1:  Lay the shirt out flat.  Find something that is about the width of what you want your final product to be, I used a pocket folder that we had lying around.  Center it on the back of the shirt.FullSizeRender-2
Step 2:  Fold one side over

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Step 3:  Fold the other side over, and slip the folder out.

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Step 4: Fold the bottom of the shirt all the way up to the collar.

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Step 5:  Take the bottom and fold all the way up to the top again.  Voilá!

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Nice and neat, and all the same width.  So easy to see what I have to work with!

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Tank tops work a little differently, but with the same real feel.  Generally I just fold down the straps first, and then follow the same basic steps:
Straps down, and then follow the same steps as you would for a Tshirt.

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As you get the hang of it you won’t need something as a template (how I used the folder), you will be able to just eyeball the right width.
All shirts organized, I love it!

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Pants are another story, but don’t get discouraged, I promise that they aren’t hard!  Step 1: Start by folding your pants in half, and popping the crotch triangle out.

Step 2: Bring the ankles up to the belt line.

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Step 3:  Tuck in the crotch triangle, and fold the bottom midway up, this will hold the crotch tucked in, creating an even line.

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Step 4: Take the bottom and fold up to the belt line.  Now that everything is tucked in it makes a nice even rectangle without any edges or corners sticking out.

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And for the final product:

Tada!  Nicely organized clothing!

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I love this.  Clothes take up way less space like this, and it is SO much easier to see what I have.  Oftentimes I have shirts that will get lost at the bottom of a drawer, and I forget I even own them!  This makes it so much easier to see what I have, and its simple to just grab and go in the morning.  Plus I was able to store way more this way, so I cut down on the number of drawers I needed, and the number of piles on the floor.  Now I have no excuse not to put my laundry away!

What tricks do you use for organizing your clothing?