Is there anything that feels more adult than organizing your drawers? Sure, taxes probably rank higher, but still—I dread tackling the junk drawer more than filing quarterly. Unfortunately, a well-organized drawer tends to stay cleaner for longer—and it’ll probably cut out your weekly “where’s-my-favorite-lipstick”-induced panic.
Luckily, all you need is an empty afternoon, a few key products, and a bit of motivation. Ahead, how to organize your drawers in three simple steps—plus some serious organization inspo to help you visualize it.
The first step to organizing any drawer is to empty it completely and wipe it down. Along with our All-Purpose Cleaner, use a dish towel or microfiber cloth to clean the insides of your drawers before organizing them, as well as on anything you’re placing inside the drawer. (A Q-Tip can get inside the hard-to-clean corners and edges.)
If you’re organizing a dresser and it’s made of wood, you can condition it with our leather cleaner for a shiny finish. Just spray it on, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth.
Now it’s time to get to it: Whether you’re dealing with clothes, makeup, or tchotchkes, it’s important to separate your drawer into zones so things don’t end up all over the place. For clothes, this can mean one zone for t-shirts, one for tank-tops, and one for undershirts. For makeup, think about separating it into categories like lipsticks, eyeliners, and brow pencils.
For the latter, start by lining the bottom of the drawer in bubble wrap or a rug gripper so things don’t move around too much when you open it, then separate these zones with containers that make the most sense, like shallow cups, vanity trays, or proper drawer organizers.
If your drawer is full of small items like beauty products or utensils, dust them off once a week or as needed. Plus, a well-organized drawer means nothing if dust bunnies are sneaking out from underneath. Make sure you’re dusting underneath your dresser or armoire too.
Think about doing one or two rooms every weekend, and you’ll be finished in no time. Plus, once you’re done, they’re a cinch to maintain! I just bought some shallow drawer organizers for my sunglasses, and they’re a cinch to find when I’m running late and trying to get out the door. I also keep Glass Cleaner and a polishing cloth in there, to remove old makeup and smudges marks right when I put them on. Ah...heaven.