2 DAY TWO DRESSER

ASK YOUR­SELF

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Storage Doctor -

1. WHAT DO I AC­TU­ALLY OWN?

A clut­ter-free cloth­ing dresser be­gins with a thor­ough in­ven­tory. Empty the en­tire dresser and sort it all into piles. Put like with like on the bed or floor. Avoid edit­ing at this point, which will slow you down.

2. CAN I FUR­THER SORT MY PILES?

Take an­other look at your big­gest piles and sort and sub­cat­e­go­rize some more. Tops might be fur­ther sub­di­vided into tanks, tees, and long-sleeved, for ex­am­ple. Make la­bels as you work.

3. WHAT DO I AC­TU­ALLY WEAR?

Now you can start edit­ing. Ap­ply the “Four Clar­i­fy­ing Questions,” page 5, to fig­ure out what to keep and what to let go of.

4. IS A DRAWER THE BEST PLACE TO STORE THIS?

You may have bet­ter stor­age spots for spe­cific types of cloth­ing— or per­haps all your clothes. Con­sider hang­ers and hooks for work cloth­ing. Try open shelves for folded gar­ments that stack well, such as jeans, sweaters, and sweat­shirts. Un­der­gar­ments may be more con­ve­niently stashed in a bath­room.

5. WHAT IS EACH DRAWER’S DUTY?

As­sign one duty only to each drawer. Des­ig­nate draw­ers for each type of gar­ment (ac­ces­sories, un­der­gar­ments, tops, bot­toms). Or it might make more sense to des­ig­nate draw­ers by pur­pose like work, work­out, ca­sual, dress- up, or sea­sonal. Use sticky notes for the first few weeks to help your des­ig­na­tions be­come ha­bit­ual.

6. HOW MUCH CAN I SEE IN­STANTLY?

Do ev­ery­thing you can to elim­i­nate lay­ers in draw­ers. Roll or re­fold cloth­ing into pack­ets that stand on end. Use spring- loaded di­viders, bookends, and boxes to keep cloth­ing stand­ing tall.

7. WHERE DO I CHECK MY LOOK?

Con­sider moving fin­ish­ing touches out of the bath or closet and es­tab­lish a fi­nal primp­ing sta­tion, us­ing the top­most drawer and dresser top.

WAX ON

Take a mo­ment when your dresser is to­tally empty to check that ev­ery drawer is sturdy and moves smoothly. Tighten cor­ners with wood screws and run waxed pa­per over drawer sides and glides.

DO I RE­ALLY NEED TO LA­BEL MY PILES?

Yes! Al­though la­bel­ing piles may seem silly, know­ing all your op­tions elim­i­nates over­think­ing and speeds de­ci­sion mak­ing.

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