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Organized Bedroom Drawers in 30 Minutes!

Updated on September 9, 2014
BEFORE Organizing Begins
BEFORE Organizing Begins | Source

Do your bedroom drawers resemble the drawer pictured here? That drawer belongs to me and it's been a mess since we moved back into our cottage after the summer renovation. You can see more about our cottage renovation here.

Fortunately for me, today in an online group challenge we were asked to create a new lens about organizing. This was the perfect opportunity to finally get my bedroom drawers organized.

This simple project was completed in 3 easy steps. I decided to time myself and see just how long this organizing task would take to complete. I was able to finish in just under 30 minutes which made me wonder why I waited so long.

What are YOU waiting for?

BEFORE Organizing
BEFORE Organizing

What's Hiding In Your Drawers?

It was unbelievable how much stuff I had crammed into each of the bedroom drawers. When we were preparing for the big home improvement job months ago, I literally shoved all kinds of stuff in every available space.

Under the clothes in this picture I found several vintage items that will soon be listed on Etsy. In addition I uncovered a "fools gold" rock from Las Vegas, portable travel scales that should have been packed with our suitcases, a neck exerciser which I was so excited about when I bought it last year, etc.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

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How Valuable Is Your Time?

If an organizing job is really big, do as I do and grab yourself a timer before you begin. Even working only 30 minutes at a time will soon result in completed tasks. There are no dials to break on this timer and it has excellent reviews.

The Miracle Cube Timer, 5, 15, 30 and 60 Minutes, for Time Management, Kitchen Timer, Kids Timer, Workout Timer, White
The Miracle Cube Timer, 5, 15, 30 and 60 Minutes, for Time Management, Kitchen Timer, Kids Timer, Workout Timer, White

Set this timer upright at 5, 15, 30 or 60 minutes and it will let you know when your time is up.

 
Bedroom Drawer Contents
Bedroom Drawer Contents

First Step - Empty All Bedroom Drawers

This substantial pile contains the contents of my three personal bedroom drawers. What a mess! (I hate to show these BEFORE pictures online but the AFTER pictures make the embarrassment quickly forgotten.)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Dusting with Microfiber Cloth
Dusting with Microfiber Cloth

Second Step - Dust and Clean Inside Drawers

All I needed was a microfiber dusting cloth to wipe out the inside of each dresser drawer. While I was dusting I remembered to quickly wipe the cloth over the drawer rails and the front edge of each drawer.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

An Inside Look

Microfiber cloths are invaluable for cleaning. I use them all over the house. They are also environmentally responsible.

You may wish to line the empty dresser drawers with contact paper for future cleanup. There are many stylish designs available.

AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth - 24-Pack
AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth - 24-Pack

Each cloth in this bundle costs less than 60 cents. That represents major savings for these reusable cleaning cloths.

 

Step 3 - Task Is Complete 30 Minutes Later - Dump, Sort, Organize

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AFTER my lingerie drawer is organized. So much nicer now don't you think?I ended up with a basket with a few things to list on Etsy and others for donation and one to-do task which is updating the Kodak digital photo frame.I use this divided organizer for my socks, some work bandanas and odds and ends I want to keep track of. These organizers are GREAT!Rolling t-shirts truly saves space in a drawer.
AFTER my lingerie drawer is organized. So much nicer now don't you think?
AFTER my lingerie drawer is organized. So much nicer now don't you think?
I ended up with a basket with a few things to list on Etsy and others for donation and one to-do task which is updating the Kodak digital photo frame.
I ended up with a basket with a few things to list on Etsy and others for donation and one to-do task which is updating the Kodak digital photo frame.
I use this divided organizer for my socks, some work bandanas and odds and ends I want to keep track of. These organizers are GREAT!
I use this divided organizer for my socks, some work bandanas and odds and ends I want to keep track of. These organizers are GREAT!
Rolling t-shirts truly saves space in a drawer.
Rolling t-shirts truly saves space in a drawer.

Drawer Organizers

Neatnix Drawer Organizing Systems Sock Box, 3 pack
Neatnix Drawer Organizing Systems Sock Box, 3 pack

I use these sock boxes in my husband's dresser drawers. One box for dress socks, one for work socks and the last one for sneaker socks.

 

GREAT Article!

"Twelve Ways to Unclutter Your Life"

Large Cubicles Divided Drawer Organizer - White
Large Cubicles Divided Drawer Organizer - White

I used two similar organizers side by side in my top lingerie drawer. They are fabulous!

 

Organized, Unorganized.....Which do you prefer?

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      This is very helpful! I'm out of likes, but I pinned it to my organizational board on pinterest. Loved it!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Ha--a little bit of both! Good suggestions, and as you show, it doesn't take that long. My sock drawer is calling to me now. Sigh... Enjoyed your lens!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I'm somewhere in the middle. I would prefer to be very organized but I can make a mess quickly putting clothes away. I think I have too many for the available drawers. I love those organizer systems. Cool idea!

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      Joanie Ruppel 3 years ago from Keller, Texas

      I love being organized but am not good at it. Going to try rolling my t-shirts from your tip!

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Great tips! I LOVE organizing and I am always receiving compliments on how well organized my living space is. Right now, I have taken on the huge task of organizing and sorting my parents home of 40 years and I am always looking for creative storage solutions.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      A lens after my own heart - I'm an organization junkie, but find I have to do it often with a house full of people who are not!

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Once I came back from a trip and my ever-so-neat hubby had organized my sock drawer after he did the laundry. That embarrassed me into tidying up my other drawers.

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      ChristyZ 3 years ago

      Great organizing tips! I organize all of the drawers throughout the house two times each year and it's a nightmare! Everyone in the house thinks they can just toss random stuff in various drawers rather than put it away. The other day I saw a screwdriver lying next to a toothbrush in one of the bathroom drawers. I wish there was some way to organize my family so the drawers could stay tidy!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      organized! which reminds me I have to do mine:)

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      shoputopian 3 years ago

      My drawers sure need a cleaning and I just love the idea of the honeycomb organizer what a great idea, thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Those drawer organizers look great. I really should get some of those.

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      noner 3 years ago

      I like the idea of organization, but I'm an unorganized person for sure.

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      Another great article, Pam. I love that cube time - it got pretty good reviews so I think one might be mine shortly.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh wow, I could sure use one of these Drawer Organizers. I am trying to declutter so these would help me to get my drawers looking much better.