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    Greetings all,

    First post here. Happy to find this forum.

    I am struggling with organization and clutter in general and I had a question about labeling a number of Helmer Drawers (Ikea product).

    In my home office I has twelve Helmer draws and on my back wall I have 36 Helmer drawers. I really like the Helmer Drawers but I have so many of them I can't seem to find things because of a lack of labeling the drawers and possibly having an excessive amount of them.

    I think about alphabetizing the drawers and I have thought about numbering the drawers. 1-12 and 1-36.

    I thought a would them made a searchable PDF with each numbered drawer and the general contents of the the drawer. Eg. No. 23-has office products, etc.

    Does this make sense or is there a better way of organizing the drawers?

    Thank you for any input.

    Smorton

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    Hello and welcome!

    That's a lot of drawers!!! I looked up the drawers online and, personally, I would keep it simple and label the contents. i.e. bills, pens/pencils/paper, forms, etc. Whatever the specific items are in the drawer, just label the drawer to reflect what is inside.
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    This is an interesting question and it certainly points out the problem with drawers. On the one hand, they are so neat and tidy to have everything locked behind a drawer. On the other hand, you can’t see what’s in them.


    I don’t have an answer because I don’t have any drawer units myself that go more than four drawers.But in one closet in my condo I will be probably using baskets to hold things on the shelves so I will have to probably label those baskets?Now you got me thinking about that problem.

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    I would sort like items and see how many categories I have. Just because you have all those drawers, doesn't mean you have to use them all. Then label as Happystuff mentioned. Make it easy on yourself. When you are looking for a pen, do you really want to pull up a spreadsheet?

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    Thank you your thoughtful responses.

    My take a ways-
    keep it simple;
    find categories,
    Put like with like;
    Label.

    Thanks again.

    SM

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    And after a while you will have memorized your system and won't need the labels, so you could even use ones that can be easily pulled off.

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    I wonder if I have too many Helmers for one room. There are so many makes me dizzy.

    Thanks

    SM

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    I suppose there are the clear plastic drawers. Nope they are nothing fancy and plastic ugh, and I'm not saying you need all new drawers, but I have a bunch I got from the thrift, that I will keep as long as they are useful (they are) and donate back if they aren't. I also have clear plastic boxes.
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    I came up with an idea that may work.

    I currently have a set of 12 drawers of Helmers to the left of my office desk and 36 behind the desk on a well.

    I think I need to split these into units of 12. Categorize these. Looking at 36 drawers makes is too overwhelming.

    I will use plastic drawer drivers inside the Helmers and label these

    I use plastic totes for storage in other areas. I like the clean ones so you can see what is inside in addition to the Label.

    Thanks.

    SM

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    I'd be tempted to use simple graphics along with the labels, and group like objects together in clusters of drawers.

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