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Welcome to Frugal Homemade! This week, I want to share my favorite tip to optimize wardrobe functionality. This isn’t a traditional DIY project in that you are not making an item, but you can definitely do it yourself! Best of all, it is completely FREE.

All you do is stack your clothes with the edges facing up instead of in a pile. Usually, it takes just one or two additional folds beyond what we would typically do to make them fit. Instead of being able to see only the top item, you can see ALL of the items in the drawer. As you can see from the above pictures, it works with pretty much any type of clothing you would normally store in a drawer.

Update: Here is an example of folding for this type of drawer scheme.

shirt folding

When I discovered this technique, it truly changed my life. It is now so much easier to decide what to wear and be reminded of whether something I want is clean or dirty. As an added benefit, you can get in the habit of replacing things only in the front to help you realize which items don’t get worn.

two more tipsAnd here are three bonus tips:

  • Get your scarves under control. This is kind of a cheat on my part. I pinned a cool DIY scarf holder, but ended up buying the one you see above at IKEA because it was just inexpensive enough that it wasn’t worth the effort to me to make it (plus I didn’t have any shower curtain rings or cheap bangle bracelets just lying around). Whether you make it or buy it, this makes it easy to see your scarves while keeping them contained.
  • Hang your tall boots? The second is something I just decided to try because I am so frustrated with floppy boots in my limited shoe area. I just hung these and another pair today, so I can’t speak from much experience, but so far they are staying put and I really like having them in the same place as the rest of my shoes so I can easily try them with outfits.
  • Make money to declutter! Use sites like Twice and ThredUp to recoup some money and regain space at the same time. If something doesn’t fit or for some other reason does not get worn, keeping it in your closet just makes it harder for you to see the clothes you actually will wear.

Also I would LOVE to hear your favorite tips for getting the most out of your wardrobe storage space, so please share!


Be sure to check back each week for something new! I will be bringing you how-tos, advice, and articles on everything pertaining to easy frugal living: From DIY, to recipes, to practical tips and tricks. To help balance out the couponing and deal chasing we do a lot of here, I’ll talk about easy ways to incorporate frugality into everyday life and to do more from scratch.


Wednesday 24th of September 2014

It works great on dish towels and cloths in the kitchen too!


Wednesday 24th of September 2014

Oh, now look what you made me go do! ;)


Wednesday 24th of September 2014

I just wanted to say, I tried your drawer technique on my t-shirt drawers today and am impressed. My drawers look wonderful (organized by color), and I was able to fit a whole lot more in than previously. I also realized I have way too many shirts! Thanks for the great tips, Trish! I am enjoying your posts.


Wednesday 24th of September 2014

Thanks, and that is so great to hear! I just did one of my daughter's drawers this way and found the same thing. Her previously full drawer is now just 3/4 full.


Tuesday 23rd of September 2014

Another storage technique I recently started using and LOVE is for scarves -- I bought a super cheap over-the-door shoe storage 'thing''s one that has clear plastic pockets. I use it to store all my scarves, belts, and other miscellaneous things like winter hats. The little pockets hold the scarves perfectly, I can see everything at a quick glance, and it looks really cool. :)


Sunday 21st of September 2014

I like this idea a lot! Are there more wrinkles with more folds? Thanks for the resale links at the end, too---so helpful.


Sunday 21st of September 2014

I don't find there to be more wrinkles at all. There are probably fewer wrinkles overall because I am not digging through and making a mess of it! And good luck with resale. I love these options as it is SO much easier than eBay or consignment and you get more money than you would at a garage sale.