Ways to Maximize Your Dresser in a Small Space

Smaller spaces can make for an incredibly cozy ambiance, but on the flipside you might find yourself short on storage space. When that happens, it's time to get creative. In addition to Pottery Barn's vast selection of small dressers for compact areas, here are a few tips to help you maximize your dresser's potential.

Drawer Dividers

Ever feel like there aren't enough drawers? Depending on how you organize your dresser, you might not be getting the most out of your drawer space. If you have separate drawers for socks and underwear, for example, a drawer divider is the solution. Occupy one drawer instead of two. Not only do you have a clutter-free way to keep your belongings neat and tidy, but you also free up another drawer. It's a win-win situation.

Storage on Top

Once you've installed your drawer, you'll have prime real estate surrounding it: namely, the wall behind and around it as well as the surface on top of your drawer. Leaving that available space empty or the walls bare is a waste of great potential. Think about accessorizing your home with fold-out shoe racks, stacking an open-shelf apparatus on top of your drawer or hanging hooks that you can use to hang clothes. Whatever you're able to organize effortlessly into creative, practical storage solutions will open up numerous possibilities around your bedroom.

Seasonal Drawer Organization

When it comes to slaying your storage potential, take a functional approach to your organizing. With limited dresser space, consider what you're storing. Drawer space is the most valuable and limited commodity you have at your disposal. For that reason, freeing up your drawers from idle occupation is paramount. If you live somewhere with monumental shifts in weather, really take a look at the wardrobe you'll need with each season. Instead of keeping a year-round supply of your clothes, a better practice might be to swap out bulky cold-weather wear and the lighter, summer outfits as needed. If you have other cabinets at home or suitcases stashed away somewhere, you can use that space to your benefit. That way, your dresser will be equipped for your immediate needs.

Drawer Organizing Systems

Drawer dividers are only the top of the iceberg when it comes to maximizing the space in your drawers. If you want to kick it up a notch, take a look at intelligent drawer organizing systems. These range from do-it-yourself home accessories like cutting PVC and making small circles that you place inside your drawers to organize each scarf, tie or other outfit accessories in sectional pods to drawer organizers that will aid you in keeping your underwear neat and orderly.

The Right Solution for You

There's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to how home organization. It all comes down to your home's specific existing features and how you like to approach your drawer. For some, that entails keeping as much as possible inside tidy drawers. For others, that means extending their storage space by crafting clever storage areas around their drawer. There are many tools at your disposal to find the best fit for you.

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