Organization Tips for Your Rental Dresser

By Danni White on December 31, 2016
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If you’re like me, at one point or another, almost everything has had its place on top of or in the dresser: clothes, books, towels, bed sheets, beauty supplies, and even food. When you’re in college, organizing the dressers are the least of your concerns.

Dressers can get extremely messy real fast if you have no solid organization system for keeping things in their rightful place. Some students are pretty good at time management, but when it comes to managing and keeping their room or apartment in order, they need all the help they can get.

There are several ways that you can organize your rental dresser in order to get the most use out of its space. These tips aren’t difficult at all and most take only a short amount of time on a Saturday morning to help get things cleaned up and easy to use.

On top of that, just because you’re renting a dresser or other furniture, does not mean that you can’t customize it and fix it to fit your taste and style. Pinterest is filled with over a thousand ideas on how to organize a dresser to neatly hold more items than you originally thought possible.

Develop some boundaries.

Pick a tray for the top of your dresser that is small enough to hold items such as everyday jewelry, watches, face cream, and perfume, but is large enough not to have all your items seem thrown into one place. You could pick a small tabletop stand with compartments to hold these types of items.

Measure before you buy.

If you’re renting a dresser, you can go to the furniture rental company and measure the drawer interiors to make sure the dresser you choose will fit your needs. Let’s say you have underclothes to fill two drawers but then a lot of little clothing items that don’t go in any certain category. In that case, you can get the dresser but also get extendable dividers or mesh inserts to help organize those other items.

Categorize by color.

Perhaps your mother or older sibling taught you how to divide and conquer (er, organize) by color when you were growing up. If you have a small dresser with small drawers and you’re not sure how to split it up, sort your clothing by color or style so that everything is easy to spot. Plus, you can label each section of a drawer so when you take all your clothes out to be washed, you can easily place them back in their prescribed place.

Organize your workout gear.

Create wooden dividers in your dresser for the same or similar clothing. For example, if you head to the gym every morning six days a week, you may want to pair yoga pants to tank tops or shorts and t-shirts for all six days and place them by pairs in the drawer so you can pull them out each morning without searching for what to wear.

Use plastic grid-like organizers for odd items.

Odd items normally fill the dresser top and when there are so many of them, there is a chance something might get lost or simply overlooked while rushing out the door for class. A plastic grid-like organizer on top of the dresser can hold items such as sunglasses, lotions, keys, wallet and even a small purse. It’s basically the all-in-one place for everything.

Fold, fold, fold. Roll, roll, roll.

It’s age-old advice, but sometimes we need to be reminded. Cotton material clothes get folded while synthetic or polyester material clothes get rolled because they rarely wrinkle. You can even save one drawer for all things folded and use a second drawer for all things rolled. This includes very small items like stockings, socks, leggings, and tank tops.

The important thing to keep in mind when organizing your dresser top and drawers is that similar things must be categorized together. It wouldn’t really mean much if you just threw all t-shirts into the top drawer because they were t-shirts or all bras into the middle drawer because they were bras. Living by this rule can help you tremendously especially when you’re near late for class and have to get ready in a jiffy.

Also, don’t clutter the top of your dresser with items that are used every now and then. For example, if you only use some toiletries once a month, place them in the bottom drawer or in another place in your apartment. If you only use nail polish every two weeks or when going out on a date, place the nail polish in the bottom drawer or another place where it will be available to you later. Leave the top of your dresser mostly for things like placing pictures of family and friends, hanging your jewelry or putting a flower vase or other decorative item.

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If you have a three drawer dresser, create a plan for organizing your essentials. If you have a lot of things such as 60 t-shirts or 14 pairs of gym clothes, you may want to rent two dressers just to keep things organized. Circular containers for small items like hair accessories, acrylic deep grid-like organizers for mid-size items such as perfume bottles, and shallow fabric organizers for larger items such as your hair dryer can work well for helping you to organize your things and remember where they belong each time you use them.

If you don’t have a hamper for dirty clothing, you can also use the bottom drawer for placing such items. Line the floor of the drawer with a deodorizer pouch to cut down on odors until you wash.

Organizing your dresser shouldn’t have to be a chore and you don’t have to waste time looking for things you need. Rental or not, your dresser offers you the opportunity to customize and organize as much and as often as you want.

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Danni White is a developmental psychology graduate student at Liberty University. She works in the digital publishing, media, and technology industries. After this degree, she will go on to work on a PhD in social psychology in which she hopes to do research on perception and social cognition’s impact on human behavior. She hopes to apply this research in corporate HR departments and community-based organizations. In her otherwise limited spare time, she blogs, writes and reads. She loves coffee, sports, music, cooking, meeting new people, and binge watching Netflix.

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