It wasn’t terrible to start, but I knew we could make more room for his clothes if I folded them like I do my shirts and file them rather than stacking them.
I started with T.’s t-shirt drawer. See, they’re neatly stacked. Not so bad. But I knew that every time he got a shirt he had to take the stack out of his drawer to find the t-shirt he wanted and then put the stack back into the drawer. It was a bit of a hassle.
But more importantly, I knew I could make a bunch more room for him if I filed his t-shirts rather than stacking them. See how much more room there is. The same number of tees are in both photos. Really.
Next I moved on to the sock and underwear drawer (although all images of anything embarrassing have been edited to make sure my friends and family will let me take pictures and help them again in the future). Again, not terrible, but there’s a stack of t-shirts that could use my help.
After filing his t-shirts, there’s space in the rear of the drawer for papers he’d kept under his shirt before (I didn’t peek at those papers, I promise!). I simply rolled the socks and stood them on end. Now they’re easy to see and it’s easy to rotate the socks from the wash FIFO (first in first out. doesn’t everyone rotate their socks?)
On to the sweater drawer. The sweaters are all nicely stacked, but a hassle when he wants to wear the sweater at the bottom of the stack.
Here they are folded in half one more time and filed rather than stacked. It’s great this way because T. can see exactly which sweater he wants and can take it out with no wrestling a pile of sweaters to do it. I also filed similar colors together and put lighter colors in the back of the drawer so that they show up a little better in the darker part of the drawer (if the dark sweaters are in the back of the drawer, they’re more difficult to see and can get “lost” back there).
Last, but not least, was the drawer with work-out clothing. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but there were 3 piles of different types of items.
The items were folded in half one more time to fit in the drawer and filed, making extra room in the drawer. You can also see every item as soon as you open the drawer. No more rummaging through piles (no mater how nicely stacked those piles were).
So, the big question is what is T. going to do with the extra space he now has in his bureau? What would you do with extra space in your clothing drawers?
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I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.