11.22.2010

DIY: Organizing Your Tight Drawer

So the other night I was laying in bed and began to think about all the tights I have. They are scattered about   in drawers and in two different closets. They need to all be in one place and I need to be able to find the pair I need quickly - without having to put my arm into a leg to see what pattern is on the pair or if it's opaque or sheer (it's kind of hard to tell sometimes, with black tights especially). And this idea was born. I hope you all find it useful!

And just for the record - I have tried the hanger method. It works well, but not for me. I eventually got tired of knotting them for hanging and unknotting them to wear. They eventually ended up in drawers and on closet floors.


Need:
Cardstock/Scapbook paper of choice
Labels*
Scissors 
Clear tape
Empty paper-towel tubes


{follow the pictures above}
1. Line the end of the tube with the end of the paper. Cut paper paper to fit length of tube (if necessary). 
2. Roll paper up tube and tape. To make it secure, tape all the way across and leave some extra tape on the end to wrap around and tuck inside the tube.
3. Roll up the tube so that it is entirely covered. Cut off excess paper.
4. Tape the other end of the paper onto the tube. Again, tape all the way across and have some extra tape on the end to wrap around and tuck inside the tube. 


 5. Write color of the tights on the label or name of pattern (e.g., polka dot) and place label on center of tube. (If you have both sheer and opaque tights in the same color place a (O) or (S) on the label.)
6. Lastly, stuff the corresponding pair of tights into the tube. 


7. I also have a few of the We Love Color knee high socks and they fit perfectly into empty toilet paper tubes. 


8. Arrange them how you would like in your drawer.

It's really a great time of year to start this organizational system because presents are being wrapped and empty tubes are abundant (you can cut these to appropriate paper towel tube length). Be sure to ask your friends and family members to keep empty paper towel tubes and wrapping paper tubes for you. 

*I think the floral paper and labels are pretty, but ff you don't want to use the labels, you can always purchase solid colored cardstock to correspond with the color of the tights.  If you have patterned tights, you can do the same thing - polka dot cardstock for polka dot tights, floral cardstock for floral tights, and so on. This may make things easier when looking for the tights you want. 

Let me know if you like this DIY and if you try it out yourself! Happy DIY-ing!

22 comments:

Morgan said...

GENIUS! My drawer is a disaster zone but I think I might try this!

missvinylahoy said...

I have the BIGGEST drawer full of tights. I mean HUGE. It's the same size as my sock drawer (which is really big too). Right now my tights are just folded up and stacked, but this seems like a much nicer way to organize them. I need to collect some toliet paper tubes now...

Brooke said...

This is such a great idea! Thanks :D

Pixie in Pumps said...

such a good idea!

L A C E Y said...

great idea! i need to try this!

Julia said...

this is such an adorable idea! how clever! I definitely might be trying this one out...

Natasha said...

that is brilliant! I'll have to get saving my rolls!

kelseychristiansonwilliams said...

i only have a few pairs as of right now, but this is seriously genius. thanks for sharing!

Kinsey said...

That's such a good idea! I need to keep my cardboard tubes!

Cara-Mia said...

Wow!! GREAT idea! I will start collecting tubes now. :)

Lydia Marie said...

This is such a good idea! I'm definitely going to try this once I get enough tubes.

kimmie said...

That is genius. And SO much cuter than a bunch of tights wadded in my sock drawer. :) I'm going to start saving up my paper towel tubes!

Frances Joy said...

Genius! I am so going to do this because it beats my current method (stuffing all my tights in a Target bag and rummaging through the bag when I need a pair, in case you were wondering how much better your method is than mine.)

Mandy said...

This is such an awesome idea! My tights are always scattered to the four corners of my room, and I can never find the ones I'm looking for. I am saving this fun idea for a rainy day!

PILAR said...

that is such a great idea! i'm going to have to try it out!!

heidi said...

I just have to echo what everyone else has said - this is such a GREAT idea! we obviously all struggle with this, and I really think this method will work for me. I am so excited to get going on this! Thanks for sharing your idea!

Ashley J said...

My tights are exploding out of the thing I have them in so thanks for this post!!!

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NoGuiltFashion said...

Considering the number of tights I have for both recreational wear and for dance classes this should be and absolute lifesaver. I can't believe I haven't seen or thought of this before.
No Guilt Fashion

Molly said...

Now this is brilliant! I love it.

On the "to do" list fo' sho.

Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

sparklesness said...

Awesome idea!

It just takes dedication to keep them in the right tubes.

sparklesness said...

Awesome idea!

It just takes dedication to keep them in the right tubes.

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