Clothing storage is a constant battle at our house. If I'm being honest, I'm kind of a piler. I'm terrible about putting clothes away. Yesterday I folded five loads of laundry that I'd done a week ago. My dresser drawers manage to stay reasonably under control. Not so on the other side of the bedroom.
My dear sweet husband has about a thousand t-shirts. And I swear they're multiplying. I try to keep his dresser organized so he can find things but it always spirals out of control. I think the real problem is too many t-shirts. I try to have nice, neat, folded stacks. Within a week my stacks have been lost and then I have to put away laundry and I don't feel like fighting a losing battle so I just shove the shirts in the drawer however they'll fit. And we end up with this.
Why am I showing you guys this? I mean, this is a crazy mess. Not cool. So, since pretty much everything was clean yesterday I decided to come up with a new plan. Part of the problem with the stacks, you can't really see what's in there. Then it hit me, why not file the t-shirts instead of stack them. You know, fold them like normal but put them in sideways instead of flat.
So I pulled out all the shirts and sorted them, mostly by color but a handful went into the donate pile. Those t-shirts that I don't really ever remember seeing him wear. I know, the color sorting probably won't last, but a girl can try. The top drawer became white t-shirts. It is completely a drawer full. He has tons of white t-shirts though and he wears one practically every day.
This hasn't been time tested yet, but I have high hopes. And I have plans to organize my dresser the same way. Even sweaters and the like too, I think. I'm just imagining how easy it's going to be to find things. I'm trying to tackle the bedroom clutter, our bedroom is just super small and we both have a lot of clothes. Yesterday I even moved my vanity to the spare bedroom. It's where I store socks and undergarments. But it's a big honkin piece of furniture that only has four tiny drawers. It just wasn't an effective use of space. I feel like moving that one piece of furniture made our room feel so much bigger. I love it.
I must be on an organizing kick because yesterday I came across the perfect mail organization system. I can't wait to share it tomorrow. How do you store your clothes? Do you have a piling problem too? What's your favorite clothes storage system? Anybody else file their t-shirts? I'm pretty sure it's going to be a great plan.