How to Organize Drawers in Your Bedroom

Finding tips on how to organize drawers in the bedroom can be just what you need to create a room that is neat and easy to keep that way. When you know where your things belong it is easy to keep the mess from coming back.

Use these ideas on how to organize dresser drawers from messy to neat and and streamline each drawer in your bedroom.

How to Organize drawers in the bedroom

If you’re like most people, your bedroom drawers are a mess. You can’t find anything when you need it, and everything is just crammed together. This can be really frustrating, especially when you’re in a hurry. But don’t worry – organizing your drawers doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it can be kind of fun! Here are a few tips that will help you get started.

an opened dresser with cluttered drawers

As a busy mom, I know how important it is to have a tidy bedroom. Not only does it help you feel more organized and in control, but it can also be a calming oasis at the end of a long day. If your bedroom drawers are cluttered and messy, though, getting them organized can seem like an impossible task. But don’t worry – with these simple tips, you can have neat and tidy bedroom drawers in no time.

How can I keep my dresser drawers organized?

This is a question I get asked all the time and with good reason. More often than not the clothes you have far outweigh the room in your dresser so it is only natural to look for organizing help to make things fit.

Unfortunately, that is not always going to work and that is why we are going to talk a little bit about decluttering your clothes.

Years ago our family moved into a new home and as we were adjusting the furniture in our bedroom we quickly realized there was no way to make a dresser fit. That meant only one thing, we needed to get rid of our dressers.

neat bedroom without dressers

Thank goodness we had enough room for nightstands and I was sure to find options with lots of storage in them.

In order for me to get rid of my dressers in our master bedroom, I needed to be ruthless with my decluttering. Here is how I did it:

  • I removed any pieces that I had not worn in over a year. This included socks, underwear, clothes, and accessories.
  • I removed any pieces that were out of season and put them in storage totes under my bed.
  • I removed any pieces that I wasn’t sure I was ready to remove but I know I didn’t love to wear them. These items I put into a box labeled MAYBE and set a reminder on my phone for 3 months to revisit them to make a final decision.
a cardboard box labeled maybe will with messy clothes

Once that was done I was able to pare down enough that I could fit all of my clothes inside our bedroom closet. Things were super tight at first so I had to keep decluttering a little each time I was in there until I finally got my wardrobe to where I wanted it.


I don’t usually share my story in a blog post, but I wanted to show you my steps in the hopes that you can try them as well. Knowing it worked for me might be the motivation you needed to get started and make it work for you.

How to Organize Drawers in the Bedroom

I find it is best to focus on one drawer at a time. Going all-in can be incredibly overwhelming so break it down into small steps (Declutter in Minutes formula) so you can finish a project in just minutes rather than days or weeks.

Step #1. Choose a drawer and remove each item one at a time.

Use your bed for organizing your clutter/keep piles or you can use clothes baskets if you find that is easier to do. Sort through everything being ruthless so you only keep the items you actually wear and love to have on.

white baskets labeled keep, give away, donate, maybe copy

Step #2. Group similar items together.

A few examples are socks, pajamas, sweat pants, or tops. If you can set up each drawer with a theme you will be better able to keep things where they belong.

Step #3. Keep drawers easy to reach.

If you have a very tall dresser you will want to set up the drawers (aka the groups you made in step 2) to hold the clothes you wear often where you can reach them the easiest.

This is always our goal when organizing. To make it easy to get to our things.

For example, if you wear sweatpants every day, then keeping them in the bottom drawer of your dresser may not be the best location. Prime real estate in a dresser is the drawers you can get to without bending over or reaching up high.

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Step #4. Oddly shaped drawers.

There is a time when the prime real estate approach to organizing will go out the window. That is when you have a dresser that has a shallow drawer at the very top and a deep drawer at the very bottom. In these cases, you will want to put items that make sense to the drawer’s size.

What to keep in a shallow dresser drawer.

  • Scarves
  • Undergarments
  • Pajamas
  • Jewelry

What to keep in a bottom dresser drawer.

  • Workout clothes
  • Sweatshirts
  • Heavy sweaters
  • Extra shoes

Step #5. Use dividers or organizers.

Once you have an idea of what you are going to keep in each drawer you may want to bring in a few tools that will help you to keep your drawers from getting messy going forward.

Drawer Dividers

These are great to use if you find it hard to keep folding clothes from getting balled up. The dividers will section off your drawer into 2-4 sections that you can fold and place your pieces in quickly and easily.

Drawer Organizers

These are great to use if you have small items or misc items all in one drawer. The sections will help you to keep like pieces together and keep the overall organized look of the drawer intact.

Step #6. Keep it that way.

This is the one step that matters. If you only adopt one clutter-free habit I hope it will be this one.

Put your things all the way away.

This is the tip that can transform the state of every single area in your home. When you are using or wearing something you want to put it all the way away.

What this looks like.

  • If it is dirty – put it in the hamper.
  • If it is clean – put it in the drawer.

By always being aware of where you put items when you are done using them you will become more intentional about keeping them where they belong. The more you put away the less you have out and just like that, you are removing the visual clutter without realizing it.

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By following this simple step-by-step guide, you can have perfectly organized dresser drawers in no time. And if you need help along the way, stop back here to find step-by-step help for every room in your home.

Start organizing your dresser drawers in the bedroom today and create a space that you love to sleep in.

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