DIY Drawer Organizers for a Neat and Tidy Dresser

Learn how to neatly organize clothes and accessories with easy DIY drawer organizers you can make from materials found at home.

February 8, 2024
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Drawers are notorious for becoming chaotic messes of mismatched socks, loose smalls, and buried treasures you forgot you owned. But with some simple DIY drawer organizers made from materials around the house, you can wrangle even the most disheveled dresser contents into shape.

Why Dresser Drawer Organization Matters

Reduce Clutter

Custom drawer organizers instantly provide homes for all your wardrobe essentials rather than leaving them strewn about randomly. Designating spaces for specific items cuts down visible clutter.

Simplify Daily Routines

Smart storage sorting also streamlines getting ready when you know exactly where to find what you need. No more scrambling to get dressed and already late!

Make Mornings Easier

Prepping outfits the night before is easier when drawers remain neatly organized all week long. You’ll breeze through groggy AM wardrobe selection instead of grumbling sleepily.

Types of DIY Drawer Organizers

Effective drawer storage solutions come in endless shapes, sizes and styles:


Fabric wrapped compartments keep categories of clothing separated within each drawer for fast identification. Use stiff interlining to make custom dividers stand upright.

Storage Boxes

Collapsible tray-style containers house smaller goods such as undergarments, accessories, and self-care products neatly.

Trays and Compartments

Multi-sectioned motifs built right into the drawer itself keeps contents visible but sorted. Great for organizing by color or clothing type.

Fabrics and Materials to Use


Durable washable canvas works well for exterior divider fabric. Iron on interfacing stiffens the interior.


Softer felt fabric lines handmade storage boxes nicely. Choose light colors to easily spot contents.

Plywood and Basswood

1⁄4” thin sheets of wood craft painted trays and compartment inserts held in place by rails.

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Step-By-Step Tutorials

Fabric Divider with Storage Pockets

You’ll need:

  • 2 pieces canvas or upholstery fabric cut the width/depth of your drawer
  • Iron on heavy duty interfacing matching fabric rectangle size
  • Ruler and fabric marking chalk
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Hand needle or sewing machine


  1. Fuse interfacing to back side of one fabric piece
  2. Measure and mark pocket placement and divider width on fabric fronts
  3. Pin fabric pieces together inside out
  4. Sew around divider sections leaving top open and pockets sides unstitched
  5. Trim corners, turn right side out through open divider tops
  6. Press flat with iron, then stitch top edges closed
  7. Place in drawer compartmentalizing sections

Plywood Storage Box Tower

You’ll need:

  • 1⁄4” plywood cut into boxes of varying heights
  • Wood glue
  • Small finishing nails
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint and sealer finish of your choice


  1. Cut plywood pieces to size based on drawer dimensions
  2. Glue shorter boxes first then stack from largest on bottom to smallest, securing with finishing nails
  3. Sand edges smooth then finish boxes with paint/protective sealer
  4. Allow to dry fully before placing tower built from shorter stacked boxes inside dresser drawer

Felt Accessory Trays

You’ll need:

  • Stiff heavyweight felt fabric
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Ruler


  1. Measure drawer width and cut rectangular felt bottom piece to fit exactly
  2. Cut desired number of divider inserts the short width of drawer
  3. Cut two side panels, front and back pieces to desired tray height
  4. Arrange in tray shape and glue felt fabric pieces together along joints
  5. Let dry completely before stacking multiple trays inside dresser compartments

Extra Tips for Maintaining Organization

Building DIY organizers streamlines sorting dresser contents initially, but maintenance keeps order long term.

Edit Your Wardrobe

As seasons and sizes change, rehome anything not worn to free up precious real estate.

Assign Drawers by Clothing Category

Group similar garments together for faster outfit assembly no matter who accesses drawers.

Clean and Remove Items Seasonally

Rotate heavier bulkier sweaters and accessories out in summer for breezy pops of color.

Conclusion and Final Takeaways

With a bit of creativity, raw materials around the house transform into custom storage solutions bringing peace to your dresser drawers once and for all. Reclaim order through sewing handy fabric dividers, building wood storage towers, or using felt to add tray compartments keeping contents neatly compartmentalized. Say goodbye to messy drawers by incorporating these fundamental organizing principles:

✓ Sort like items together by category using bins and dividers
✓ Edit ruthlessly removing unused wardrobe items
✓ Maintain organization weekly with seasonal purge and re-sorts✓ Craft storage solutions precisely sized to your existing dresser footprint

Soon you’ll breeze through clothing selection ready to tackle busy days thanks to DIY drawer organizers tailored specifically for your needs!

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