Pick a dresser-top tray just large enough for your perfume du jour, watch, rings, and night cream. Add a tiny bowl for post earrings.
Give Objets a Raison D’être
Draping jewelry on sculptural figures keeps it from getting lost or tangled. Resist piling on too much—you don’t want to turn David into Diddy. Mount or lean an upholstered bulletin board and poke in your top-five pairs of dangly earrings; use T-pins to hold necklaces and bracelets.
To buy: Burlap message board, $89, ballarddesigns.com.
Analyze and Customize
Measure drawer interiors and think through your needs before you shop. Linen or mesh inserts are great for most contents, but for bulky items (or extra-large drawers), you’ll want extendable plastic dividers.
To buy: Spring-loaded drawer dividers, $17 for two, bedbathandbeyond.com.
Divide by Four
If you’re unsure how best to split a small drawer, default to equal quadrants. Then sort by style or color—whichever makes it easier to spot, say, that one pair of undies you need for those white jeans.
Regiment Workout Gear
Create canals for various-shaped garments that share real estate, like gym clothes. Pack pairs together (say, a top and shorts) so you can grab and go. Use a shallow drawer so garments, like ties, are only one layer deep—no riffling required.
To buy: Three-section drawer organizer, $20, containerstore.com.
File Dresser-Top Clutter
Stash the odd items that normally mar the dresser landscape—sunglasses, occasional jewelry, nail polish, receipts, lotions—into a place-for-everything Lucite grid tucked in a top drawer.
To buy: Ava large acrylic organizer, $29.50, frontgate.com.
Store easy-to-miss essentials, like camisoles, hose, and your favorite socks, in individual compartments.
To buy: Eight-section linen drawer organizer, $15, containerstore.com.
For your good bras, copy the flat storage used by retailers with a neat rectangular box.
To buy: Narrow open drawer organizer, $15, containerstore.com.
Know When to Fold ’em, Know When to Roll ’em
It’s classic advice, but it bears repeating: Fold cotton tops; roll synthetic tees (they won’t wrinkle, and they take up less space rolled) and small items, like tanks and tights.