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Last Updated on October 1, 2017 by Ellen Christian
Organizing drawers was not high on my list of things to do this past weekend. When I couldn’t fit all my clean clothes in the drawer, I knew it needed to be done. I admit that I love shopping. When I worked outside of the home in an office, I tended to have too many professional outfits. Now that I work at home, I seem to be collecting too many t-shirts. I went through and did a quick count of all my t-shirts and it was 62. I’m not sure exactly what the right amount of t-shirts is but I’m fairly certain 62 isn’t it. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
Organizing Drawers and Too Many Clothes
The problem I have with t-shirts is that there are so many different types. There are the standard graphic t-shirts with sayings or picture on the front of them. This is what I tend to wear most days. Then there are the dressier t-shirts that I wear to events, church, etc. Of course, there are also tank tops and camisole shirts that I wear underneath other shirts. I even have a few breathable t-shirts that I wear exclusively for exercising.
The hardest part about organizing drawers is figuring out what you need. This is the process that I tried to use.
- Start with one drawer at a time. Removing everything from every drawer would be too much for me.
- Get rid of anything that does not fit or is stained or torn.
- Remove anything that you cannot see yourself wearing. Be ruthless. If you have not worn it in a year, chances are you will not wear it.
- Separate remaining t-shirts into styles – graphic, tank top, dressy, etc. Use whatever works for you. Some people choose to separate by color.
- Think about how often you do laundry and how often you wear the type of t-shirts you have. If you do laundry 3x a week and wear a graphic t-shirt every day, do you need more than 5 or 10 graphic t-shirts? Even if you went on vacation for a week and wanted one to wear every single day, you probably would not need more than 10.
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Once you have gotten your t-shirt collection down to a reasonable size, decide how you want to store them. For my drawer, I can fit three piles of t-shirts across if I lay them flat. The problem with this way of organizing drawers is that you really only see the t-shirt on top. I found myself wearing the same three or four t-shirts all the time. If you fold them smaller or roll them, you can line them up and see every shirt you own when you open the drawer. This is by far the easiest way for me to store my shirts. Add a lavender sachet to keep your clothes smelling fresh are you are done organizing drawers for today.
I mentioned that I started with 62 t-shirts. I tossed 8 of them as stained/torn/too small. That brought the number down to 54. I gave 4 of them to my daughter because I didn’t see myself wearing them again. That brought me down to 50. While I realize that 50 is probably still too many t-shirts, I honestly didn’t want to get rid of anymore. The way they are stored now, they fit easily into my drawer. If I do purchase one in the future, I will make sure that I get rid of one.
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.