I am very, very excited to share today’s post! Warning: My idea of a good time involves organizing the heck out of everything, so if you don’t like this kind of stuff, feel free to skip this. I have to tell you though, this will revolutionize the way people organize their t-shirts. (Yeah, I wish.) I had this idea a while ago, but due to time constraints we weren’t able to carry it through until this last weekend. Better late than never, though. So, what is it that we did? Basically, we designed a way to “file” my tank tops/t-shirts. Yes, file them. As in a paper filing cabinet. You’ll see what I mean in a bit.
See, I’ve always thought that storing t-shirts and tank tops in drawers was inefficient and messy – if you stack them on top of each other, you’ll end up with a huge, disorganized pile. Plus you can’t see them all at the same time and you always end up looking for the one at the bottom.
So then I thought: if I store my underwear vertically, why can’t I try the same with t-shirts? I wear a size small, so they would still fit in the drawer (we have an Hemnes dresser from Ikea and the drawers are quite deep). I tried that, but unfortunately, the mess was still there. I liked it better than the stack though, because I could see all my clothes. (Note: these pictures are from my skirts/shorts, because I forgot to take before pics of my t-shirt drawer. But it works the same way.)
That’s when it hit me: we could design some sort of filing system! It would basically be two long rods (acting as rails) and then shorter rods perpendicular to the longer ones, where the t-shirts would be folded over. Confused? Yeah, probably. But it’s really simple, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
You can see that the system consists of two towel rods screwed to the drawer sides and more metal rods perpendicular to the long ones. Like in a filing cabinet, you can shift the short rods along the long ones so you’re able to shift through your t-shirts. Doesn’t it look neat? I think I might be in love with this system! Now that we know it works, we just have to do the same with all the other drawers. Oh and although the initial design was my idea, it was my boyfriend who cut and gave form to all the rods. We make a good team!
Here’s how the drawer looks right now:
A close up from above: (you can see I’ve left two spare rods to the right. Also, although it looks a bit tight, I assure you I can shift through my t-shirts very easily and there’s definitely room for a few more!)
Doesn’t it look neat and organized?
And now, for the detailed how-to:
- Measure the inside of your drawer face (for the long towel rods)
- Decide the measurement of your short rods (the distance between the long towel rods); I decided I wanted to fit two tank tops on top of each rod, so I based my measurement on that)
- Buy towel rods of your desired measurement (if they don’t sell your exact measurements, you can cut them down to size with a hand saw) and install them inside the drawer using screws (I recommend you save one of the screws until after you insert the short rods – so screw three of them and leave one for later)
- Buy thinner metal rods (I think they sell them in rolls). You’ll need to add about an inch and a half or two on each side (so three-four inches) to the measure you obtained in 1. to obtain your total measure. Cut them to size. (So, to be clear: the distance between the two long rods + aprox. 3.5 inches = measurement at which to cut the short rods)
- Using heavy duty pliers, twist the edges of the short rods to give each edge sort of a ⊂ shape, so each rod will look something like this: ⊂－－⊃ (all joined together, obviously)
- Insert the short rods into place (you’ll need to maneuver them slightly!) and you’re ready to use your brand new t-shirt filing system.
I hope the instructions are clear enough and that you liked the project – and if they’re not, let me know of any questions you might have in the comments! I’ll answer them as best as I can.