The 6th Minimize Minute

Dresser Drawers

Here’s a challenge for you in 2018! Join me each week as we take on a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households. Write in and tell us how it went for you, or to get the task from a previous week.

Challenge #6: Dresser Drawers  

Refold the clothing in your dresser drawers, turn it on end in rows and organize by color.

How’d it go: The contents of my dresser drawers have always been messy, tangled and disorganized. But that changed after reading (listening to, actually) The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Her method (the KonMari Method) for organizing clothing in drawers is the only task I’ve completed so far from the book, and IT WORKS. I’ve kept my dresser neat and organized for the last two years using this method. I started with my sock drawer, rolling the socks (instead of stretching and folding one over the other) and lining them up on end, like cinnamon rolls in a pan. I now fold all my undergarments and put them on end, like a loaf of sliced bread tucked neatly in the drawer from front to back. Drawer dividers – something as simple as a shoe box – might be handy if you don’t have enough to fill a row. (Me…I have plenty, too much actually, but I’m working on that.) My long- and short-sleeved casual shirts, tank tops, sports bras and yoga shorts are also folded down to about the size of a paperback book or smaller and placed on end in rows. It’s ridiculously handy to have every item visible and to be able to pull something out without disturbing the whole stack. I can also easily put clean laundry at the back of the drawer and better see what I’m not wearing or to just keep a rotation going. I haven’t had to search for a matching sock in two years, and I always know exactly what is clean and what isn’t, because I can see each item, not just the one on the top as before.Sock Drawer.jpg

For whatever reason, I hadn’t applied this method to the bottom drawer of my dresser, which holds pajamas, swimsuits, and misc items that don’t have their own category. So, I tackled that this week and will see if the staying power holds true even there.

Having an organized dresser didn’t “change my life” per se, but it’s certainly nice, and it’s one less spot of messy stress. There is a small sense of accomplishment and yes, joy each time I open up one of those spiffy drawers. I can definitely see how it would be life-changing to have my entire home environment neat and tidy. I’d love to open my front door (and not just my dresser drawer) and feel those feelings.


Author: Angle Full of Grace

A writer, woods-wanderer, and internal peace seeker who raises two free-range children in the wilderness, I escaped the wasteland of corporate America a few years back never to return. I write about love, family, mental health, addiction, parenthood and personal growth all through lens of place and connection to the land. Most entries are my weekly column for our local small-town newspaper, and there's an occasional feature story thrown in the mix as well.

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