Organizing things at your home has a lot of advantages, including peace of mind and time-saving. For organizing your clothes, having a dresser is a great help for many good reasons. However, when there is a lack of a dresser or a need to get rid of it, it’s useful to know how to organize clothes without a dresser.
To Dresser or No Dresser?
Installing a dresser in your home or room is totally up to you. It’s by preference that people keep their dressers or get rid of them. Nevertheless, in both these situations, it’s good to explore other options through which you can still store your clothes safely and keep as much space as possible or desired.
One of the main reasons a person might want to get rid of their dresser is the amount of space it occupies. Some dressers are just too big, and sometimes it can be a sore in the eye. Dressers, although they usually come in a lot of styles and are mostly pretty, are almost always bulky.
Depending on the material, their weight can be pretty hard to deal with. It can be a hassle to move your dresser up and around your house, especially when it is composed of heavier materials. All in all, it’s really a matter of preference as purchasing and owning a dresser has both pros and cons.
The pros of owning a dresser
- When you own a dresser, you can make sure that your folded clothes are secure and safe, away from the dangers of getting accidentally wet or dirty. Most dressers are built with locks too, so you won’t have the risk of your kids pulling, scattering, or possibly damaging the fabrics.
- Another advantage of having a dresser is its contribution to the aesthetic you may be trying to achieve. You can purchase your dresser according to a certain “theme” you are trying to achieve, and it might just be the cherry on top of your interior design dreams.
The challenges of owning a dresser
- As some dressers can be large, they can take up too much of the room’s space. This can cause the room to look cramped and too crowded.
- Dressers can also be heavy and hard to move around. You can imagine dropping jewelry under your dresser, but the dresser is too heavy to be moved. The situation can be stressful. This is also true when moving from one house to another or transferring the dresser to another room.
Organizing Clothes Without A Dresser
Dressers can be a good addition to the house, but some would think it’s bland and boring. Worry not! Dressers are not the only way you can organize your clothes, you can also explore a lot of things and just think and step out of the box. Getting rid of a dresser or choosing not to own a dresser is your own statement. It is also an opportunity to showcase your creativity.
Installing clothing racks in your home is relatively easy and convenient. This way, you can create a space for pieces of clothes that can be hung. Hanging your clothes also looks neat and prevents your clothes from developing creases.
You can also unleash your creativity by installing your own clothing rack with pipes, which are cheaper. This way, you can save money and have the capability of cutting and forming your clothing rack to your own liking.
When you plan to purchase, there are a lot of clothing racks that range in size and height too. This way, you can diversify the clothing organizer you are trying to create.
Drawers of many types
There are many types of drawers available on the market. Speaking of space-saving and convenience, it’s best to choose lightweight drawers made with light materials. This way, you can move them easily to anywhere you want them to be.
Neat and pretty baskets
Baskets can provide a very neat and cute look to your room too. You can buy baskets that appeal to your taste and store them under your bed. This way, you can save more space and the gap under your bed is utilized.
Shelves, shelves, shelves
Shelves installed on walls are also good for space-saving. You can place folded clothes on them without compromising much of the ground space. It would be best to install them above other furniture or any space-occupying element.
Mixing and matching things in the house in terms of design can be very fun. You can utilize a combination of clothing racks and space-saving drawers that you can find anywhere on the market.
Things to Do When Organizing Clothes
When thinking of getting rid of your dresser, it’s good to have a plan and organize your activities for the day as you begin the process. This way, you prevent a messy set up that could lead to things ending up in the wrong place or slower progress. Here are some necessary steps in organizing your clothes.
Of course, before organizing, you have to re-organize your clothes. And this means, you have to get them out of the old dresser, all of them including the ones you don’t use anymore. This process allows you to save space in your transferring area.
You can also gather pieces of clothing that you do not use anymore. You can then opt to donate, sell, or give your clothes to people who need them more. You can have a checklist for the items you consider irredeemable like do they have stains? Are they ripped? Do they still fit you? This process will help you save more room.
Wash and Fold
Once you are done with decluttering and grouping your clothes, you can then wash them again if you want to. Some of these clothes may have accumulated dust by sitting in the dresser for a long time. You can opt to wash all of them before dividing them or only wash a certain group of clothes. Then, it’s time to fold them and transfer them to their new space.
After gathering all the clothes and preparing the space where they will be transferred to, you can proceed and have fun arranging and settling them into their new space. You can organize it depending on your criteria. For example, you might want to organize them by gender, by color, size, type of clothes, and so on. Be creative and save as much space as you can.
Folded Clothes and Drawers
Drawers are not only useful for organizing random things, but clothes too. In fact, in the absence of dressers, drawers are the closest competition to them. Storing clothes and keeping them intact and neat throughout the week can be a challenge.
This is especially hard when your drawers are see-through or have openings where people can sneak a peek and notice whether they are neat or messy. The manner or style of how you fold your clothes is very much up to you. However, who else to trust most in organizing than the great Mari Kondo? This being said, it would be helpful to check the KonMari method out.
The KonMari Method of Folding Tees
- Lay the shirt flat in front of you.
- Fold both sides in, sleeves flat.
- Fold the sleeves back halfway.
- Locate the neckline and fold an inch away from the hem.
- Fold halfway and do it again so it stands.
- Lay socks as a pair on top of each other.
- Gently fold the toe part of the socks inward for about an inch from the top.
- Fold in again into the center.
- And lastly, fold the whole thing in half to the point of a standing position.
- Lay the underwear flat in front of you.
- Fold the underwear in half lengthwise from the crotch to the waistband.
- Fold both sides in.
- Again, fold over the crotch in a way that it stands.
Tips on Organizing Clothes
With the absence of a dresser, you are exposed to more possibilities and creative freedom. Here are some tips to make the process more fun and productive.
You can go simple or go bold when choosing the colors for your new organizer. A lot of people opt for monochrome colors, some go for a colorful style, and others follow a certain theme inspired by a song, a movie, etc. You can think of your own and research some inspiration too.
Shop and save
Make sure to shop smartly. Be thrifty and do not give in to cheap stuff of low quality. Find something sturdy and nice at a reasonable price. You can also search for DIY videos if you want to further customize your elements.
Organizing and setting things into place is fun and, most of the time, requires effort and time. And so, knowing how to organize clothes without a dresser can save you time, extra work, and extra energy. Planning the steps and setting them into action will be easier and done effectively.
Jessica Oliver is a fashion enthusiast with more than ten years of experience in the industry. She previously managed her own clothing store in New York before becoming a mother of three. With a passion for sustainability and a desire to share clothing care and recycling tips.