I had a lot of positive feedback when I wrote Folding and Filing Clothes and Organizing Drawers to Make More Room. But I also received some questions that I wanted to answer. So here we go. How to organize your drawers to make more room with supporting the clothes piles.
You can see how I helped T. with a better way to fold t-shirts and organize them in the drawer to make more room.
Readers asked me how to keep the shirts from falling over when you file them this way. That question took me by surprise because we’ve been using this filing method with my son’s drawers for over a year. He’s 11-years old and certainly doesn’t take any special care in handling his clothes or drawers. In fact he’s responsible for putting his clothes away himself (I do fold the clothes). After reading the question asking why the shirts don’t fall over, I went upstairs to check my son’s drawer. This is what it looked like.
My first thought, was the problem was solved. If the tees stay in place for an 11-year old, then case closed.
But then the problem solver in me kicked in. I thought, maybe there would be a problem with bigger and heavier tees falling over. I talked to T. and he hadn’t had any problems. So, of course, I had to conduct a test. I opened and shut the drawer quickly. It took 5 times of unnaturally opening and slamming the drawer before the first t-shirt fell over. I can now scientificallyy confirm that this is not a big issue. Plus, most people I’ve worked with don’t have much empty space in their drawers. You fold and file to make more room, not make empty space in your drawers.
But for those of you who do have a problem with the nicely filed clothes falling over, here are some ideas to help.
Use an extra toiletries item to support the pile. Just don’t use anything that could possibly leak.
Use an empty tissue box. You can weight it down with a belt or item you don’t use often if you find the empty box sliding around.
Use a small vase. Most of us keep vases but seldom use them. The vase will still be available when you do need it, but will be supporting your clothes the other 51 weeks of the year.
And my favorite idea for those of us that tend to shut off the alarm and fall back asleep. Put your alarm clock in your drawer. Clothes supported and a trick to get up on time.
Hope these ideas help. What ideas do you have?
You may also be interested in all my Folding Clothes tutorials.