As I continue minimizing my physical possessions and just sticking to what I actually need, I realized I should probably declutter my dresser. I watch Property Brothers all the time and other home renovation shows and think "next house we move to we need a bigger closet" or "how awesome would it be to convert a spare bedroom into a dreamy walk-in".
To be more earth friendly and have less stress in my mind, I have decided to only start buying better quality items. Clothes or shoes that last longer, human rights conscious and allowing me to reduce the chance of hundreds of items showing up in the landfill. Yes this means more expensive but realistically it's a better feeling knowing my favourite shirt could last years and it's better for the environment too!
The area that needed most organizing and downsizing was my dresser drawers. I always cram so much into them and never take the time to go through old clothes. I went from having drawers that barely shut and clothes being stored on the top, to everything being tucked away and I have space to spare!
The easiest way to free up space in your drawers is to not have more than you need to.
For Socks : Throw away ones that are missing the pair, even though you're pretty sure you saw the other one in the hamper (after a while, you probably realize It's most likely just the same sock). Socks with thinning spots, stretched ankles or just don't fit your feet, throw out. I always think about how often I wear socks on vacations and in between laundry cycles, I realistically don't need more than 14 pairs and that even seems like a lot, but I like knowing I have socks for 2 weeks travelling!
For Underwear : Chuck any underwear where seams are unravelling, underwear is thinning out, too tight or too loose and ones you don't find comfortable so therefore don't wear. I threw away 18 pairs! It has completely freed up space significantly. When you wear a good pair of comfy undergarments it makes your day just so much better.
For Bras : Throw away ones when the padding in the cup starts to become misshaped, ones where the sides are too tight, the clasps at the back are broken or the wire keeps poking you in the side! I have exactly what I need, a white one and neutral one, a strapless white one and then a couple of different colours. Make sure you have at least one for all kinds of clothing you own. I also am loving bralette's right now! Bonus : They take up no space. I have gone down to 9 bras from 16.
I also was able to clear enough space for all the "extra" items to be in this drawer. The spandex shapers, "chicken cutlet" bra and two pairs of tights.
The middle drawer is where you can keep all your shirts. Left side can be designated for work out tops (like I do), middle for tanks and shirts for layering and then the far right of the drawer you can allocate for regular T-shirts. Any shirt that has a hole, the graphics are peeling or fading (unless that's the look) or threads are pulling, throw it out. I realized I had 4 of the same type of black shirt, which is so unneccesary so I put the extra in a bag for donations.
The bottom drawer, store workout pants/leggings, sweatpants and pyjama's. I donated a few pairs that I no longer wear in each of these categories. I usually just wear t-shirts and sweats to bed but I have matching sleepwear sets for the colder months, they're a little thicker.
If you're looking for a rustic style dresser like this one, it's from Wayfair! Just this dresser alone automatically gets you to free shipping! I have already gotten a couple pieces from Wayfair and I am not disappointed! We love our new furniture.
You can find any kind of drawer organizers, if you don't want any that break the bank I have some from IKEA that work great.
I have been loving decluttering my closet and I am not done yet! There's always more. What do you prefer... A small closet with what you need and look great in, or a closet the size of your bedroom so you can keep adding to your wardrobe?