If you’re struggling with an overflowing, untidy wardrobe, we’re here to help. In this handy guide, we take you through our tips and advice to organise and streamline your wardrobe.
Start with a clear-out
The first step to an organised wardrobe is to have a clear-out. Getting rid of all the clothes and accessories that you no longer want means you’ll have more space for the items you do want, which can make it much easier to keep tidy.
Start by taking everything out of your wardrobe and go through everything one-by-one. Divide into groups to keep, donate to charity, sell, or recycle for items that are no longer wearable. You could also take this opportunity to clean your wardrobe, vacuuming and dusting those areas that may get neglected when it’s full of clothes.
Get the right equipment
You’ll need to have the right equipment to maintain an organised wardrobe. One of the best ways to keep your clothes tidy is with bespoke fitted wardrobes that are made for the room. These will maximise the space you have available, and you can usually pick the sort of storage you need, i.e., full-length spaces to hang longer items, shoe storage, and drawers.
Once you have the wardrobes sorted, and you know what clothes you’re keeping, you can get any extras you need for storage. These might be hangers – velvet hangers are great for keeping items from slipping and protecting the fabric.
You might also want storage boxes or baskets. Vacuum bags can be useful for storing items that you don’t use often, but you should try to avoid storing items for longer than six months, as this can cause them to misshape. It can be helpful to label our storage boxes and vacuum bags, so you can easily find items when you need them.
It’s especially important that your expensive items are stored correctly. Designer handbags or shoes should be kept in their boxes and dustbags to keep them pristine.
Order by category and colour
The easiest way to maintain an organised wardrobe is to keep your system simple. So, try ordering your clothes first by category, i.e., tops and bottoms, then by sub-category, i.e., shirts/blouses, T-shirts, skirts, trousers, and then by colour.
This will make it super easy to find what you’re looking for and to put outfits together. You could even add tags to your hanging rails and labels to your shelves so you know exactly what items are where.
Tuck away your least-worn
If you have recesses in your wardrobe, use these spaces for your least-worn items. If you don’t often dress up in cocktail dresses, put these out the way and let your day-to-day clothing stay front and centre.
If you have high shelves, use boxes or baskets here to store the items you wear least often. Keeping them out of the way will mean your wardrobe will be much more streamlined, and you’ll be able to see the clothes you want to wear more regularly.
Rotate by season
If you have the storage space, you should try to rotate your clothes by season. You might have some items that will cross over, but for those items that are specific to winter or summer – your shorts, vest tops, thick knitwear, etc., look to store these away when they’re out of season.
If you have spare space in your wardrobe, such as high shelving or recesses, you can put the items here in suitable bags or boxes. Alternatively, you can find space elsewhere, such as under the bed. This will help to keep your wardrobe focused on the items you’ll need at the time.
Use space effectively
When organising your wardrobe, think about the space you have and where your clothes might use the space most effectively. If you have full-length hanging space, make sure your longer items are stored here. If you have shelving, use these to fold items like knitwear and sweaters flat.
If you have drawers, use Marie Kondo’s “file folding” method. This involves folding and storing clothes in drawers vertically, so you can see everything when you open the drawer, rather than having everything on top of each other.
If you’re short on space, think about how you can maximise what’s available. Scarves and belts can be hung on specialised hangers and small bags can be stored inside bigger bags. You can also use hooks on the inside of wardrobe doors to store items like belts and necklaces.
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