Organising your wardrobe = organising your home.
Sometimes, it takes a desperate plunge to enter the labyrinth that is your wardrobe. Edging your way past shoebox skyscrapers, climbing the mountain of dirty shirts and clearing a path through long forgotten belts, handbags and scarfs can be a challenge, and more than a little off-putting.
Organising your wardrobe is a satisfying experience. Take the time to do it properly, and you may find it becomes the beginning of an entire home re-haul. Start the process now with a few of these quick tips.
REMOVE UNNECESSARY CLOTHES
Everyone knows the age old rule – if you haven’t worn something in six months, it’s time to go. Sticking to it however, is another thing entirely. It can be difficult to let go of some clothes, so use this simple closet trick to help you.
- Turn all your clothes hangers in your wardrobe so they are pointing towards you (the wrong way round).
- When you wear an item, return it to your wardrobe and face the coat hanger back the right way.
- Any clothing that is still facing the wrong way after six months mean you have not worn it, and it is time to donate or throw it away!
Organising your wardrobe also means rearranging the clothing you are going to keep.
If possible, hang all of your tops and t-shirts. You are more likely to wear it if you see it, and it makes for a neater, more organised space.
Heavy woollen jumpers and sweaters need to be folded so they don’t lose their shape. Try purchasing shelving or storage cubes like this Ikea shelving unit to store any items that are not hung up like scarfs, bags or odds and ends.
Hang your pants and skirts using clip coat hangers. Fold in the sides so the clothing is marked by the clips and to create a more consistent edge that makes your wardrobe look neater.
Jeans can be folded and organised by cut, colour or brand, which jackets should be hung. Dresses should also be on coat hangers, and organising by colour is a good way to find what you need quicker.
Many people keep their shoes in the original shoe boxes. Over time they can wear and tear though, so a good alternative is something like these Ikea fabric shoe boxes. You can even see what shoes are in the box through the mesh!
Store your most popular clothing or items at eye level, less-used items below and the least-used items up the top for convenience.
Stackable laundry baskets are perfect for sorting clothes and taking to the laundry. Designate a basket for dark, lights and colours, and stack them up to save space!
Hooks create extra storage space in your wardrobe for your handbags, scarfs and other bits and bobs.
Colour coding your entire wardrobe can make finding things much easier.