Drawer Organization.




This is what I saw in the girls room this morning after I dropped the children off at school. Abigail's bed was neatly made, her toys were picked up off the floor, and her laundry was put away. Well...sort of. This is how she put her and Audrey's clothes away. At the moment, their dresser is over flowing. There are clothes that Audrey has outgrown and no rhyme or reason to this space at all. In fact, there just isn't enough space for the two of them anymore in this one lone dresser. My task for the day is to get this figured out. Sort, organize, and perhaps take advantage of the ample space in the closet. I'm thinking something like this may help. But with drawers, instead of shelves.

My children have chores that they are expected to do everyday. Making their beds and putting away their clean laundry are two of them. Unfortunately, the boys dresser looks similar to this. How do I help them put their things away neatly, so I'm not having to iron clothes before school everyday? I need your help!

How do you keep your children's dressers clean and tidy?

19 comments:

  1. Wow.. If you get answers to these questions that actually work, I can't wait to try implementing them at our house!

    Good luck!!

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  2. Unfortunately, the only answer that I have found is to be the one in charge of the dresser. So as of now, I am the one who puts the clothes neatly away after they have been pressed. But I do like your idea of having the children do it. Responsibility is good. Perhaps if they are shown the proper way to do it...and then if they don't (you know...things end up just sort of stuffed in) then they are made to re-do it?

    I'll be sure to check back and see what everyone elses answers are! Great post!

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  3. We've had the same problem in both of our kids rooms. I went out and bought more hangers and hung up anything of theirs that I could. That left a lot more space in their dresers. I think Kendle's main problem though (besides having too much stuff) is that her dresser drawers are really hard to open, so I'm looking into getting some of those wire basket combo's that have the drawers that pull out on tracks. Good luck, I know what a pain this is. ( I think it just gets worse as they get older )

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  4. When you figure it out let me know so I can pass on the knowledge to Hannah! I seriously looked at this picture and wondered how you got a snapshot of Hannah's dresser!

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  5. Hmmm...making my kids put their stuff away. Interesting. I think I may try this newfangled idea.

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  6. I do it myself still but it's because my kids are little. My biggest problem is that the toddler likes to empty out the drawers! I read on ali edwards (capture create) blog the post about her nursery and she used those type of metal drawers and it looks great. Maybe check that out? Good luck!

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  7. it's a battle i'm not figting. my kids dressers look exactly like this. you could have them put every stitch of clothes on hangers in their closet. that would make them put them away and would kepe them wrinkle free. as for my kids - i have their clothes folded and piled in piles according to drawer and so they ust pick up the whole pile and sit it in the drawer. it doesn't seem to get too wrinkly that way.

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  8. I just went through Madelyn's clothes yesterday to organize the outgrown ones. I hope you find something that works for you!

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  9. I think it is funny to use "dresser", "neat", and "tidy" in the same sentence! My kids are older, they are responsible to take their clothes (that I fold) to their rooms. I really don't know what happens after that. I don't want to know! For me, ignorance is bliss.

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  10. I love your blog; I've been reading for quite some time and find endless inspiration for my home, my family, and I find your uplifting attitude and style to be an excellent example to me as well.

    My comment is to answer the questions you posted, sorry. Instead, I'd like to ask you a question. I have four kids similar in ages to yours. Mine are 8, 6 1/2, almost 5 and 2 1/2. I have struggled for a few years now with how to implement daily chores. Daily chores vs. Saturday chores? Do I use a chart? A list? Do I integrate allowance? How much is enough work to contribute but not too much?

    I'd love if you'd do a post, or even respond to this comment, and tell us (me) how you've so successfully found a way to teach your young kids the important lessons shores teach.

    And sadly, I put away all the laundry because I'm a control freak. No one's learning anything except me: If you have to rule the world, you'll be the most tired person in it!

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  11. My comment was riddled with typos - I apologize! I was in a rush!

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  12. A daunting task for sure. The biggest thing I have found is that too much in a drawer makes it impossible to keep tidy and wrinkle free. I go through clothes quite often and get rid of things that don't fit or are damaged in any way. Also, I hang up a lot of things. The girls have a hanging cubby thing in their closet that is divided into sections that works great.

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  13. My kids are still too young to really put stuff away on their own.

    But I find that keeping clothes down to a minimun helps. Usually they have WAY more clothes then they need and it can't all fit.

    Also we have one drawer panties and PJ's, shirts LONG on one side, short sleeved on the other and pants in the next.

    I agree that hanging up as much as possible helps a lot too.

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  14. I put their laundry away. I'm too anal to let them do it. But I have turned over keeping their shoes organized - which is a bigger task than it sounds like- winter they each have about 8 pairs and summer- about 25 pairs each. They also pick up their own toys and make their own beds. (The littles)

    The older girls (11&14) put away their own laundry and I just don't look in their drawers lol. Every month or so, i help them reorganize and every few months we do a donation pile to weed down.

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  15. I do it! Only because I don't like it when it looks like this. But I do have the kids fold their own clothes and hang them up, I just go in after and "fix" it to my specifications. Then once a month we "deep" clean and take a load to the DI. Good luck!

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  16. IKEA drawer organizers...but that doesn't keep small hands from tossing them out onto the floor. :)

    Find them here:
    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90050590

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  17. I had the same exact problem until it dawned on me that they didn't have a clue how long it took me to fold all those clothes. So they now help me fold the clothes several times a month. (Younger kids can match up the socks.) This helped them appreciate the process and they usually keep things a bit more tidy in their their dresser.

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  18. My kids have just enough clothes to get through the week. We also supplement drawer space with under-bed storage bins. In addition, I have labels with words and pictures on the front of the drawers so they know exactly where to put their clothes.

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