When you open a wardrobe drawer, does it look so messy? Do you feel you have too many clothes that don't fit in the drawer? Organizing wardrobe drawers is a great solution to this problem and can help you make sure you don't forget to put on a shirt because you're always wearing the same t-shirt.
Part 1 of 3: Sorting Your Clothes
Step 1. Figure out which clothes you can get rid of
Start this closet tidying project by removing all the existing clothes. Go through all the clothes and find out which ones you can get rid of. Look for clothes that don't fit, that are outdated, that have stains or holes, and clothes that you don't wear often. Items in better condition can be donated but items in poor condition can simply be thrown away.
- You can keep some items for sentimental reasons, even if the clothes are no longer wearable. Try to find other uses for this outfit, such as making it a blanket, so it doesn't fill your wardrobe.
- If it's a casual or everyday outfit that you haven't worn in a year, it's time to get rid of it. Formal clothing may not be worn for a longer time.
Step 2. Sort clothes according to the season
You've got rid of all the clothes you don't want to keep anymore, and now it's time to separate your clothes according to the season. You can change the contents of wardrobe drawers by adjusting them to the season, whether it's warm or cold, and storing unused clothes in plastic bags in the closet or basement until they need to be worn again.
- You can also store out-of-season clothes in a box under your bed.
- It's a good idea to store heavy clothing for the winter in the bottom drawer. It's better for your wardrobe.
Step 3. Arrange your clothes by type
Arrange all clothes according to their function. In general you have underwear, pajamas, casual shirts, neat shirts, casual pants, neat pants, sweaters with heavy and light fabrics. It's a good idea to store pants in a different place, as well as warm clothes. Therefore choose a special drawer for this type of clothing.
- Generally, these clothes can be separated and stored neatly into four drawers. Underwear and pajamas in one drawer, shirts and tops in another, pants in the third, and sweaters and other clothes in the fourth.
- Warm clothes should be stored separately to keep them from moths as well as to keep them from falling on other clothes. It's best to keep the pants folded and in a different place from the shirt so they don't wrinkle.
Step 4. Arrange clothes according to function
After sorting the clothes according to their categories, it's time to arrange the clothes in their respective sections. There are several ways to organize them, some people tend to organize them by function, while others by color. This setting is up to you.
- For settings according to function, look for clothes that have something in common. Light versus heavy fabrics, casual versus formal, seductive versus professional, and so on. Settings like this can help you find the clothes you're looking for more quickly, because you'll know exactly where to look. This arrangement also keeps clothes with similar materials close together.
- However, arranging clothes according to color will make the contents of your closet look sweeter and keep you motivated to keep it tidy.
Step 5. Sort clothes according to how they are best stored
After sorting clothes, try to sort out which clothes should go into a particular drawer. Usually the clothes that are often worn are on the top pile. But you can also put clothes with lighter materials in the top pile.
- Some types of clothing may require special care when stored. For example, placing spruce or mothballs in a drawer containing a sweater is important to ward off moths.
- Some clothes may need to be hung up or in a bag instead of stacked in a drawer. It's a good idea to separate these clothes first. These clothes that shouldn't be piled up like clothes made of silk, because they get wrinkled easily when folded, or very expensive sweaters that are best kept in a bag to protect them from moths.
Part 2 of 3: Sorting Out Clothes
Step 1. Divide the wardrobe into sections
Usually one drawer has too much space. Therefore, try to divide the drawer into several sections so that you can sort clothes according to your wishes. For longer drawers, you may want to divide them into three sections. Smaller drawers can be divided into two sections.
Each section can also be subdivided, as needed. For example, maybe you could divide the top drawer into three sections. The bra can be stored in the first section, the second section can be divided into two more sections, one for socks and the other for pajamas. While the third section can be divided into three sections for the various types of underwear you have
Step 2. Try using the box
You can use lidless boxes, such as wicker or fabric ones sold at home supply stores, to divide the contents of a drawer into sections. Look for boxes of various sizes and put them in your drawer. Then your clothes can be put into these boxes.
The use of boxes can help separate clothes by type while making it easier for you to rearrange the contents of the drawer because you just take the box out without having to take a pile of clothes and then refold the clothes
Step 3. Try using a baffle
If you want to divide the contents of a drawer while saving money, you can use a divider in the drawer. You can buy dividers at the store that are shaped like rods to hang curtains but are not round but rather flat and can be adjusted in length to suit any drawer size. These dividers can be purchased at stores that also sell items like clothes baskets or ironing boards. You can also make insulation made of cardboard or Styrofoam.
In addition, you can also use the divider in the wine box. This divider can be used to store socks, underwear, and other small items
Step 4. Try using a book holder
Another alternative to save money is to use a metal book holder. These can be purchased (usually for less than IDR 65 thousand per pair) at any store that sells office equipment. Put this book holder in the drawer and the drawer automatically divides.
The downside of these cheap insulating alternatives, they don't provide solid insulation making it difficult to actually separate small items. However, this insulating alternative is great for items like shirts, jeans and rolled-up sweaters
Step 5. Try making an insulator from something else
There are many things that can be used as dividers in your drawers. You can use a dish rack or medicine holder for small items such as jewelry, pudding cups or ice cube holders for jewelry or socks and stockings, and so on. Try looking for containers designed to store and separate items. If the container can be used outside of a closet, chances are it can be used inside a cupboard as well.
Part 3 of 3: Storing Clothes Efficiently
Step 1. Try to roll the clothes
Maybe you've heard the advice to roll up your clothes before putting them in your suitcase. Likewise with storing clothes in drawers. By rolling clothes, it takes up less space while preventing clothes from getting wrinkled when rolled properly. Make sure you roll slowly and keep it organized and that there are no voids between the rolls so the clothes don't wrinkle.
Of course there are exceptions for clothes that are in their original state of being folded. For example, pants with pleats that must be folded in a certain way even though these pants should be hung in the wardrobe
Step 2. Use the shirt board
Use a shirt board when folding clothes. This board is like a clipboard or a piece of cardboard and helps you when folding clothes. Place the centerboard of the top of the shirt, just below the collar. Pull the left arm towards the right arm until and then do the same for the right arm. Fold each sleeve then fold down the bottom of the shirt. The pants can be folded down the middle and then wrapped around the entire board.
- You can remove the board, but if you're using cheap cardboard, you can leave it inside your shirt or pants. Using this board makes it easy for you to quickly search for items or store them vertically as you would in a convenience store.
- You can make a shirt board by cutting out thick cardboard with a size of 40 x 46 cm. Usually this is the size of the board used to fold clothes in the store.
Step 3. File clothes, don't stack them
When putting clothes in drawers, do not stack them. Usually this method is used to store items in drawers, but it makes clothes wrinkle easily and you also have difficulty finding items. Instead of stacking them, "file" your clothes. Place clothes in upright rolls, side rolls, or folded with a shirt board and kept like actual files.
You can also use a file holder in your drawer to keep your clothes upright
Step 4. Store the bra in such a way that it doesn't change its shape
If you must store your bra in a drawer, be sure to place it by stacking the breasts on the other side of the bra. This will save you space and make your drawers even more tidy. In addition, your bra will be more durable and can be used for a longer time.
You can store the bras in a row or place the left breast inside the right breast of the other to save space, but this method is not very good for the center of the bra and can make it warp
Step 5. Think of alternatives to sock storage
Usually the sock drawer gets messy easily. You can make a pair of socks into balls and tuck them away in a drawer to keep them organized, but this method isn't great for stockings. Socks that are stored folded will easily lose one of them. The best solution for storing socks is to not put them in a closet drawer. Instead, use a shoe holder that hangs in a pocket. This storage holder can be put in a closet, can be hung in the bathroom, or behind a bedroom door. Put a pair of socks in each pocket and you won't have to bother folding or searching for your pair again.
Another option is to use a pudding cup or drinking glass in a drawer to put socks on. However, the use of this glass is not very efficient because it takes up more space. Try to choose the best option for you.=
- Donate clothes you will no longer wear.
- Try tidying and organizing each drawer at a different time, especially if you're emptying the entire drawer to reorganize it. If each drawer takes a long time to organize, try taking a break before tidying the other drawers so you don't get too tired.
- Hang larger clothes if your space allows. Drawers are more efficient for storing larger quantities of small items.
- Try rotating your shirt storage so you can wear your entire shirt. If there are clothes that are never worn, get rid of them.
- Try not to "unfold" underwear if there is plenty of room in the drawer. No one checks your underwear so it's okay to get wrinkled and this can save you time when you're done washing your clothes and putting them in the closet.
- Take clothes that you no longer fit or don't wear that are still in good condition to a thrift store. You can also exchange your old clothes with clothes that you will wear and fit on your body.