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Getting organized isn’t easy but staying organized is even more of a challenge. We scoured the internet for ways to make the most of your dressers. No matter what room it’s in or what purpose it’s serving, we found ideas to optimize your storage in ways you’ve never even dreamed of!
It all starts with how you store your belongings in your drawers. Throw it in there willy-nilly and you’ll always have trouble finding your stuff when you need it. When it comes to t-shirts, Darkroom and Dearly attests to folding t-shirts in a drawer in horizontal rows instead of vertical ones so it’s easy to see all of your t-shirts at once. Kelly of The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking has a photo guide to folding unmentionables.
To keep lingerie organized or accessories like scarves or belts, make your own drawer dividers using foam board and Washi fabric. Lindsay Anne at Hawk Hill has a great tutorial on how to these dividers. Repurpose cereal boxes by wrapping them in pretty paper and inserting them into your drawers. You can also use cut PVC pipes to create a cubby system for delicates.
You can also store jewelry in drawers. Pick up vintage dishes at your local thrift store and place them in a shallow dresser. You can sort and separate your jewelry across the dishes, making it easy to accessorize quickly.
Get Organized for Your Needs
Babies require a lot of stuff. From diapers to bibs to lotions, you need it all and within reach. Start with a quality dresser that will grow with your child’s needs. Little Lovelies Blog recommends using baskets to keep drawers organized. With a changing pad on top of the dresser and drawers dedicated to specific goods, you’ll have a nursery in tip-top shape.
Based on how much space you have in your kitchen, a vintage dresser can be used as a kitchen island. The drawers are great for utensils or storing baking sheets, placemats and the sort. If you need more open storage, Kate of Heir and Space has a tutorial for revamping a dresser into a kitchen island.
Dressers also work wonders in the living room. Keep children’s toys in the bottom drawers and stash DVDs and remote controls in the top drawers. The Picked and Painted blog added a piano hinge to make drawers open drop-down. It’s a great way to hide electronics, only revealing them when in use.
Create Eye Candy, Not Eyesores
Take an empty dresser drawer and install a surge protector to create a valet that’s hidden. It will keep your chargers organized without a visual mess of cords on the surface of your dresser.
When it comes to styling your new dresser, you want a balance of function and artful belongings. Incorporate accents that you would typically add to other parts of your home. If your room is small, add a large mirror over the dresser to open up the space. If you need additional storage, use a tray to keep little belongings together. Don’t be afraid to mix up the heights of items on your dresser, a stack of books, a lamp or a tall vase of fresh flowers all create a focus point while showing off your personality. For highboys, Jackie of School of Decorating has mastered the formula of framed art plus lamp plus sculptural knick-knack to draw the eye up such a tall dresser.