Drawer Diaries

We’re all guilty of it—when we don’t know where to put something or we acquire a tchotchke that we’re not really sure what to do with, we stuff it in a drawer and forget about it. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

But you know what happens next: As soon as you need something from that drawer and open it up, you’re inevitably overwhelmed by its state and want to close it just as quickly as you opened it.

If you’ve been nodding your head this whole time because you can relate to this phenomenon, then let’s talk about how to tackle it together! Since it is the season to clean and purge, there’s no better time than right now to address the state of your drawers. And that can be any drawer at all, from the ones in your bathroom vanity to the others in your media console.The best thing to do is to open them up, take out all of the contents, and then begin to put only the things back that you want to keep. As you’re doing this, you should also aim to make sure that the drawer has a theme. For example, don’t let your nail polish slip into the drawer with the television remotes and batteries—rather, make sure that only like items are together in one single drawer. This will also help with future organizing, as you’ll know exactly which drawer an item belongs in.

 

When it comes to actually organizing the drawers, I’m a big fan of storage solutions like this one to capture small items. Instead of letting all of your items just roll around inside a drawer, consider various trays that can help keep everything neat and tidy.

Once your drawers are all organized, remember that they never need to revert back to how they looked before this exercise. Just remember that each drawer has a theme, storage solutions are your friend, and random items that you don’t know what to do with may be better suited for the garbage.

Making Room for Spring

Whenever a new season rolls around, I always like to take some time to assess what’s in my closet. Not only does this help me to get organized, but it also reminds me of pieces that I may have forgotten existed. So basically, it’s a win, win if you ask me!

First things first, I do a scan of my closet. Even though I spend more time than I’m willing to admit in my closet and organize it quite often, I still somehow manage to forget about key pieces that would be perfect for the season at hand. During this scan, I’ll take the time to acquaint myself with what I already have, as well as what I may want to buy. I’ll also make some mental notes of outfits ideas, which makes getting ready in the mornings all the easier.

Next up, I’ll make little modifications that will help keep me inspired throughout the season. This can be as small as hanging a neck scarf around your door handle—which, by the way, is the perfect accessory to dress up any outfit—or placing a few hats on a hook. Having these accessories at the ready won’t just keep your closet in the spring spirit, but will also keep your looks feeling fresh all season long.

How do you get prepped for the seasons? Please leave a comment and let me know!

The Closet Challenge

I’m a big fan of a closet cleanse, and I always feel significantly better after one. Though if we’re being completely honest, not all closet cleanses are easy—rather, they are usually quite hard as they force you to take a hard look at all the items you have and make selections about what to keep v. what to say goodbye to.

The saying goodbye part is what’s hardest for me. Even if I’ve never worn an item, or if it were very expensive, I still struggle with getting rid of it. So as of late, I’ve been trying out something new: As I cleanse my closet, I create challenges for myself to follow to truly test if I’ll miss the item I can’t easily part with in the moment.

For example, I’ll place all of the items that I’m contemplating getting rid of but can’t quite pull the trigger to do so in one spot of my closet. Then, I’ll give myself a month to wear them. If they never make it into my rotation, then I know it’s time to say goodbye, officially.

This method has been working really well for me, and I encourage you to try it as well!

Tricks of the Trade: Denim Organization

As someone who wears jeans just about everyday of the week, I’ve collected quite a few pairs over the years. Couple that with my passion for all things organized, and let’s just say I’ve tested out many different ways to store jeans. From being draped over hangers to folded up in a dresser, I’ve tested every which way and finally landed on my favorite.

From my perspective, the absolute best way to organize your jeans is to keep them on an open shelf in your closet (seen here in mine). The reason for this is that I like to keep my jeans in piles, separated by wash. This is identical to how I organize the rest of my closet: by color coordination.

Having all jeans of the same wash stacked on top of one another inevitably means quite a tall pile. For this reason, storing my jeans in a dresser simply doesn’t work because the drawers are just not deep enough. Plus, keeping your piles of jeans out on an open shelf means you can see every single pair in the mix.

As you’ll see above, I have 4 different piles of jeans: 1) whites and colors, 2) light washes, 3) dark washes, and 4) gray and black washes. By folding each pair into thirds, the piles stay nice & tidy and are super easy to maintain.

How to Store Winter Necessities

Remember when I shared one of my core organizing rules that everything must have a home? Well, sometimes that home needs to be customized depending on the season, and that’s totally ok!

Since I’m constantly reaching for warm accessories these days—think mittens, scarves, beanies, and the like— I decided to make a dedicated spot in my closet to keep them all within arm’s reach. While I usually use the hooks in this closet to plan out my outfits for the week, I conveniently have another set in my other closet that I’ve been using for that very same purpose. With the hooks in this closet now freed up, I’ve been loving being able to easily grab some warm winter accessories whenever I may need them.

Top 5 Organizing Rules

I’m such a sucker for a good “top 5” list—whether it’s about beauty or cleaning or cooking, I am exponentially more likely to click on something when I know it will be broken down into bite-sized chunks. Hopefully you’re like me in that sense and will therefore enjoy what I’ve put together below: the top 5 organizing rules, according to moi.

Rule 1: Everything in its place. In order for your home to be as organized as it can be, you need to make sure that everything has a place at the end of the day.

Rule 2: Put things away in the moment. So often, friends and clients tell me that organizing is not in their DNA and they’ve come to accept that they’ll always have piles of clothes in their bedrooms. My answer? Try putting things away in the moment so you never build a pile! Even though it may add five minutes to your getting ready routine, I promise it will be worth it.

Rule 3: Cleanse and edit often. We all have a tendency to collect things over time, which is totally fine so long as you make it a point to regularly review all that you have. For instance, I do a closet purge roughly twice a year during which I review everything that I have and pick pieces out for donation or selling.

Rule 4: Group items by type. While this rule may be most easily understood in the context of a closet, it applies to every room in the house. Simply by organizing by like items (ie: jeans with all other jeans, books with all other books in the living room, meats will all other meats in the refrigerator), your home will appear instantly more organized.

Rule 5: Create a routine that works for you. All of us are unique in our own ways, and that directly carries over into our organizing habits. Because of this, don’t try to force someone else’s routine onto you just because it works for them. Instead, develop a plan that is personalized to you and your schedule. After all, if you come up with a plan that works, you’ll stick with it!

Tricks of the Trade: Planner Organization

I’ve confessed just how much I love my planner before, but I’ve never really shown you a glimpse into how I functionally use it. But today, that changes! Keep reading to find out how I plan to perfection.

Before I really get into it, I should let you know that I use my planner to capture every little task or thought that I have. For me, it’s so therapeutic to know that everything is written down in one spot and that I don’t have to bother keeping it all stored in my head.

Because I write so much down in my planner, I need a system to distinguish between different tracks of work and to-do’s. What’s that system? So glad you asked!

Everything I write down in my planner falls into 1 of 5 categories:

  • Social: Weekend plans, important dates (ie: birthdays, anniversaries, etc.), travel plans
  • To-do’s: Various chores that I need to take care of
  • Work: This includes all things business, from my day job to my finances
  • Gym: The classes that I sign up for go here
  • Blog: Any and all work I need to do for The Tidy Corner 🙂

 

To make the categories super clear and distinct, I use colored erasable pens. Yes, you heard that right! There are erasable pens out there and they are an absolute must because plans always change and you’ll certainly need to move things around from time to time.

At the start of the year, I went through my planner and added in several items under the “social category,” namely friends’ and family’s birthdays, as well as travel dates I’ve already booked. Then, as a new month begins, I always reflect on what I need to do and what I’ve already committed to and enter it into my planner. This does wonders in helping me feel like the month ahead is on track and my life is in order!

I hope you found this planner tutorial helpful, and if you have any tips for how you organize your own, please do share in the comments!