2 DAY TWO DRESSER
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.
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.