How to Organize Messy Drawers

About a year ago, I had had it with my drawers. I’m always a little OCD when it comes to folding things–shirts, towels, sheets–but I just didn’t have the right technique for folding my shirts so that 1.) I know what shirts I have and 2.) they don’t all come unfolded when I take out one from the bottom of the stack.

I’m not sure where I found this technique (probably Pinterest!); if I find the source I’ll post it here. This has been a life saver for me! And my kids can actually keep their drawers pretty organized for a while, too–which is saying a lot! 🙂

So here’s how I do it:

  1. Fold the shirt in half vertically.
  2. Fold the sleeves to the back. I do this for short and long sleeves.
  3. Then fold in half horizontally.
  4. And then again horizontally–so now you have a fourth of a shirt.
  5. Place with the fold down into the drawer with the others.

Now you can see all the shirts and colors at once and when you grab one they don’t all come out. When you put a new one in, you can slide it into its place or just in the front, moving the rest back, like I have my kids do.

You can be as creative as you want for the organizing–by color, by long sleeve/short sleeve, etc. I also do this with my pants and shorts drawers.

My daughter’s drawers (shown in the pictures) were very wide so we cut some cardboard the length of the drawer and a little shorter than the top to give her some smaller spaces to keep her stacks. It makes it so much easier and faster to keep it organized.


Have you found a good technique that works for you?