Apparently my idea of “nesting” involves lots of mundane but effective little household tricks. Why this one took until I was about an hour away from delivery is beyond me…
This is Eleanor and Oliver’s shared dresser. The kids’ controversial, potentially ruined midcentury dresser. I was cool with the color palette, but I was NOT okay with the wrestling match that was involved every time I needed to open one of the wooden drawers. Not to mention that neither of the kids could get in there without help so that sort of put a kibosh on my whole ‘let them be independent’ thing.
But not anymore, folks. We now have some smooth drawer action up in that joint. Wanna know how?! Simple. First step is to pull out the drawers (avert your eyes on the offhand chance that they are a picture of disarray and disorganization) and remove all the clothing.
This was my moment when I discovered that my daughter has enough underwear to last until New Years.
Flip over the drawer and give the bottom edges a quick sand.
Grab some wax. I happened to have this stuff on hand, but any furniture wax will suffice. (I’ve heard that even a candle would do the trick).
Rub the wax along the bottom of the drawers as well as the inside portions that make contact with the drawer. Yeah… it’s that simple.
Replace the clothing in whatever methodically labeled or color coordinated manner your heart desires. Or just stuff things back in place per my technique.
Now I can open these drawers with a single finger rather than bracing my foot against the frame and using all of my pregnancy weight to get them open. I’m thinking tomorrow both kids can happily and easily pick out whatever ensemble their heart desires without any help whatsoever. Cue the choir of angels.
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