Dresser Drawer Storage Solution

Dresser Drawer Storage Solution

Ever since reading Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I’ve been on an organizing mission around the house: mostly getting rid of all the junk cluttering up my life.

One of Marie Kondo’s techniques completely changed how I store shirts. Like most of us, I always stored them in a dresser drawer, one folded on top of another. If you store shirts this way, what happens? You end up wearing the same shirts over and over because the ones at the bottom get buried and forgotten. The solution Ms. Kondo offers is to store all folded clothes on their edges, vertically. I’ve been doing this for months now, and it is seriously game changing! I can see every shirt I own and pick out one without digging through a pile.

Shirts stored vertically: every shirt is visible.
Shirts stored vertically: every shirt is visible.

However, the problem is that this system works great at the beginning of the week when my drawer is filled, but t-shirts are so floppy and flimsy that they don’t stand up vertically as well as the week goes by. So I decided to make some sort of mechanism to hold them upright, sort of like bookends.

As the week goes by, the remaining shirts tend to fall over and get messy.
As the week goes by, the remaining shirts tend to fall over and get messy.

I made my slider out of 1/4″ (6mm) and 1/2″ (12mm) plywood. I cut the thinner material to the width of my drawer and cut two thicker strips to create a runner. I used a temporary spacer between them to ensure they would be parallel. After gluing and taking the strips to the base, I removed the spacer.

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Next, I glued on a couple of strips of plywood to the top, creating a T-slot.

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I cut out the sliding side piece using my bandsaw. It took some finessing to get the T-shape part of the board to fit into the slot.

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After a test fit, I decided the sliding side should be much shorter to make it easier to slide. I also rounded over the corners and sanded everything smooth.

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Finally, I applied some paste wax on all the surfaces…especially inside the track to help the side to slide easier.

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I am really surprised how well this works! Now I need to make some for other drawers.

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Storing shirts vertically is a game-changer. None of them get buried: now I can see them all. This simple sliding mechanism keeps them upright.
Storing shirts vertically is a game-changer. None of them get buried: now I can see them all. This simple sliding mechanism keeps them upright.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Really like this!

    What do you think about routing a t-slot down most of the length, then screwing in a t-slot bolt. If the bolt is wide enough to not turn, I think it would save wood. I have those Snap-loc storage container, the container stack nicely, but the lids scream for this. Of course will make one for my shirts. Great idea.

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