Fix a messy dresser top

If you are looking for a fast and easy fix to a messy space, then this article on how to fix a messy dresser top is a great project to try.

How to declutter your entire home by focusing on just one simple project at a time. Break it down so you can create a home you love in just minutes at a time!

I am all about easy, and this is especially true when I have a project I do not want to do, like decluttering. To make this headache of a goal easier, tackling small areas is the fast fix you need. I also love to put out clutter hot spots by using easy organizing solutions to keep areas neat and tidy going forward.

And that is just what today’s project is. An easy one you can do in just a few minutes and a solution to a common clutter hotspot in your bedroom. Before we dive in, let’s first answer a common question.

Do you need to have dressers in a bedroom?

The answer to this question is yes AND no. Let’s take a look at each.

Answer #1, Yes

While having a dresser is not a necessity in a bedroom, it can be an essential piece of furniture for many people. Dressers provide valuable storage space for clothing, accessories, and other personal items. They also serve as a surface to display decorative items or hold everyday essentials like jewelry and keys.

Answer #2, No

Years ago, we decided not to have a dresser in our master bedroom. By organizing our closet space, we are able to keep this large furniture item out of the bedroom, giving a more open space and organized look. This approach forces you to pare down on the clothes you wear, keeping fewer items in your bedroom overall. This is a great game changer to try out, especially if you want to have a more streamlined and inviting space to sleep in. We loved the look so much that we removed the dressers in two more rooms.

A bedroom with no dressers giving a more organized look to the space

If you decide to have dressers in your bedroom, remember they can easily become cluttered if not organized properly. That’s why decluttering the dresser top is an important task to keep your bedroom looking neat and organized.

fix a messy dresser top

Now, let’s look at this step-by-step approach to decluttering the top of the dresser in your bedroom.

Step #1. Set up Sorting Bins

Before you start any decluttering project, it is important to have the tools you need ready. This will help to keep you focused so you are more apt to finish this project all the way to done.

The sorting bins you will need are:

  1. Trash – Anything that is broken or obvious trash or recyclables.
  2. Donate – Anything that is in good shape, but you no longer need or use.
  3. Put away – Anything that belongs in another room.
  4. Keep – Anything that will stay.
3 sorting bins for decluttering the top of a dresser

Step #2. Start Sorting

Remove one item at a time, putting it into the container where it belongs. The trick here is to ensure that every item goes into a  container. Do not pick up another item until you have made a decision on what you are holding in your hands. By giving yourself an answer to the question of where this item belongs, you will make the sorting process less overwhelming.

Step #3. Clean

Once you have sorted and removed every item from the top of your dresser, take a few minutes to wipe things down. Without any clutter in the way, this should only take a few minutes. Wipe down the top of your dresser, the front, the sides, and even the back. Do a thorough job now so you know this piece of furniture is a clean slate ready to be organized.

Step #4. Organize

After everything is decluttered and cleaned, it’s time to organize the items you have decided to keep.

Some useful tips for organizing your dresser top include:

  • Utilize trays or small bins to group similar items together.
  • Place frequently used items within easy reach.
  • Consider using drawer dividers or organizers for smaller items like jewelry or accessories.
  • Use decorative boxes or baskets to hide less frequently used items.

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While organizing, keep in mind the following:

  • Place the items you use most often on top of the dresser.
  • Think about how you can arrange items to save space and make everything easy to access.
  • Group similar items together for a more organized look. For example, put all your beauty products in one area and all your accessories in another.
  • Use labels or tags to easily identify what is inside a specific container or drawer.

Remember, the goal is to create a functional and clutter-free space that makes getting ready in the morning a breeze. With these tips, you can transform your dresser top from a messy catch-all to an organized space.

Step #5. Sorting Bins

Before we can call this project complete, you will need to take care of your sorting bins. Put the trash in the trash can and any recyclables in your recycling area, and put any donatable items into a box or a bag, label it, seal it, and put it in the back of your car. The next time you are out running errands, be sure to drop this box off.

a woman putting donation boxes into the back of her car

Finally, walk your home and put away any items that are inside your bin.

Congratulations, you have now successfully organized your dresser top and decluttered another space in your home! Remember to maintain this organization by regularly sorting through items and putting them back in their designated place. This will not only keep your dresser top tidy but also help you save time in the long run.

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