Purge Day 3: Dresser Drawers

October 3, 2014

Day 3 Purge via A Bowl Full of Lemons

Today is day 3 of the 31 Day purge.   You may not notice much of a change in your house yet, but give it a few more days.  You will begin to see a difference in your mood & your surroundings.  Purging clutter is such a wonderful thing!  Keep sharing your progress on Instagram (use the hashtag #abfol31daypurge”) and join us over at my Homekeeping Facebook Group.  Remember our mantra, “Don’t organize clutter, purge it!”


Day 3 Purging Dresser Drawers via A Bowl Full of Lemons


Purge Day 3:  Dresser Drawers

Task:  Empty your dresser drawers completely.  You can choose just one dresser in your house or all, but please don’t feel pressured to purge them all in one day. It takes time and you can come back and revisit this task.  I don’t want you to get overwhelmed.  Do a little at a time.  As you purge, sort through each item & ask yourself these questions…

  1.  Have I worn this in the past year?
  2. Does it fit?
  3. Is it in good condition?  (stains, holes, etc)

If you answer no to any of these questions, its time to purge the item.

Organizing Tip:  Hang as many clothes as you can.  I only use my dresser drawers for under garments, socks, pajamas, and work out clothes.  Everything else goes on hangers.  Your clothes will be less wrinkled and you will be able to find things easier.


If you’re new to the purge, you can revisit all of the posts HERE.  I’ll see you tomorrow, for more decluttering.


27 comments on “Purge Day 3: Dresser Drawers

  1. Penni says:

    What are you suggestions if you don’t have the closet space to hang things? My husband and I have a small closet in our room. It is full of my clothes. He shares a closet with our boys, as they have 2 huge closets in their room. And even then, the closet in our room isn’t even nearly big enough to house all the clothes that I need hung up.

    • Rachel says:

      I would suggest doing a little bit more purging or consider any items that could be folded instead of hung

  2. Lisa (mom of 5) says:

    Thank you for an easy purge being that it is Friday and that I have some finishing up to do on the pantry purge. I use my dresser just like you only for socks, under garments, pj’s and workout clothes. I am only using 1 of the 2 dressers the other is sitting empty in my room. Thought of getting rid of it but it’s a set with the bed and other dresser. What are your thoughts or anyone elses on this. Also do we continue with the purge on weekends?

    • Your extra dresser might be a good place to store bed linens or extra towels. I like having the bed linens for each bed in the room that they belong in, and if I had the room I would do towels the same way.

  3. Paula says:

    So far, so good!!!

  4. Kristin Carlock says:

    I am loving the purging ideas. Do you hang your t-shirts, too? What about your sweaters and sweatshirts? I was always told that hanging my sweaters would stretch them out too much.

    • ilovethemso says:

      I fold my sweater and keep them on the top closet shelf. I keep my t-shirts in a drawer, but I hang the long-sleeved t-shirts/tops. So you could really hang everything but the sweaters and keep them in a chest at the foot of the bed, and put small things in baskets on shelves in a closet. I’ve wondered about doing that, but I like my dresser.

  5. Kathryn says:

    Love it! Will begin this tonight! Wondering where everyone keeps their swimsuits? My drawers are loaded with swimsuits.

    • ilovethemso says:

      I only have one right now and only ever have 2 at a time; so maybe I’m not the best to give you advice, but here goes! I keep mine at the top of the closet with folded sweaters. If I had more I’d keep them there too. I’ve kept them in my shorts drawer before. Maybe if I had a lot I’d put them in a basket atop the closet shelf or give them their own little drawer.

    • Jamie says:

      I have a dresser with 3 small drawers down the middle (one for bras, one for underwear and one for socks). I keep my swimsuits in my bra drawer as it’s the least full.

  6. Cara says:

    I am excited about this one. My drawers are a mess. When I get home from work I am going to do 2 rooms (kids and this disaster in the toy room). I am in a good mood for getting rid of things so I think it will be great to finally get it done.

  7. JessiBerry says:

    I did this to my dresser a few months ago and trashed a bunch of stuff, but I have nice new bras that I never wore. I feel bad just throwing them away. Any suggestions.

    • ilovethemso says:

      Just do it! You’ll be glad you did! (Ask me how I know. 😉 If they are brand new with tags, you can donate them!

  8. Jenifer says:

    Toni I’m having troubles getting rid of items in the drawers. I have the “what if” thing going on in my head. I haven’t worn something in a year but what if I do. How many workout t-shirts should I have or lounge pants?
    Toys…cleaners no problem.. but I keep going back to the drawers. Help please because I’m sure your going to go to closets and it will be the same there lol

    • Rachel says:

      What if you were to clear the space, allowing for something you will use or wear to come into it? If you haven’t worn it or used it by now; purge it. If, in a year, you need it you can always track one down at a store or online.

  9. Nicole says:

    Hi, this series is great but I’m also wondering what you do about sweaters? I have always thought if you hang them, they will get all stretched out.

    • ilovethemso says:

      I keep sweaters (in season which is short for me) folded on the top shelf of my closet. If you don’t have a shelf, maybe get someone to add one for you or hang up lighter shirts and put sweaters in a drawer. They just take up a lot of room in a drawer. Perhaps a chest at the foot of the bed? I agree that they’re not meant to hang up. I don’t usually rotate my clothes, but sometimes I put the freshly cleaned sweaters in a Rubbermaid type bin in the off season on the bottom of my closet to keep them from getting dusty since I only use them a few months of the year.

      • ilovethemso says:

        Just to add-as a last resort, I use underbed storage bins, but that’s just for in a pinch if you really don’t have any room elsewhere. It’s nice to have the underside of the bed clean, but it can be a useful space if needed.

  10. Suse says:

    Once you purge your dressers, you can have a clothing swap with girlfriends, coworkers, neighbors, church partners, etc.! I have gotten rid of all of my old clothes this way and gotten two new year’s worth of outfits!

    How do I see all of the comments? I am back here trying to figure out the source for the white, wall-mounted inboxes in Toni’s home office!


  11. Stephanie Tripp says:

    Hello! I’m joining this a little late, but what are you recommendations for sentimental items? I have several shirts from high school where my sports teams won State and National championships that I don’t want to get rid of, but never wear unless it’s laundry day. Any ideas?

    • Rachel says:

      frame it and display it in the hallway, walk-in closet or family/rec room!

    • Lindsey says:

      Or you could get them made into a quilt. I think I’ve even seen Living Social/Groupon deals for that. You send them 12 shirts and you get back a quilt. It’s kind of fun and much better than keeping them stuffed in a dresser never to be seen again!

  12. LG says:

    I also hang everything possible. I use those skinny hangers – made a huge difference! I have to change out summer and winter clothes into under-the-bed storage bins, but it is so nice to hang clothes out of the dryer instead of fold.

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