You need an organised wardrobe in your life. When your clothes are neatly arranged you can see everything easily to plan outfits, your clothes will be better taken care of so they’ll last longer, and you’ll avoid turning your wardrobe into a floordrobe every time you get ready to go somewhere.
As with every organisational activity, start with a clean slate. Take all your clothes out and weed out anything you no longer need. If you haven’t worn it in two years donate it. If you have 17 odd socks chuck them. If something’s two sizes too big or too sizes to small it goes in the donation pile.
Next take all your clothes that you don’t fit the season and put them in storage bags or boxes to go in your storage space, out of sight on a high shelf, or in drawers under your bed if you have those. You don’t need them taking up valuable closet room.
If you’ve found pieces that you love, but need alterations/repairs take action on that now! Give yourself a deadline to get these things to the tailor or dry cleaner – until you do that they’re taking up valuable space.
Get the right equipment
We’re talking proper coat hangers. Crappy wire ones can leave your clothes misshapen, so make sure you have sturdy wooden hangers for coats and jackets, enough skirt hangers for your skirts, suit hangers to save room on trouser and jacket combos, and good quality slimline hangers for dresses, tops, and business shirts.
Use all available space
Look at the space you have available and see what’s not utilised, then take advantage.
- Inside of doors: mount a pegboard or hooks to hang belts, bags, and other accessories. Alternatively, fill the space with an over-the-door shoe rack.
- Bottom of the cupboard: add either shelves for shoes or low drawers for t-shirts and jumpers.
- High shelves: this space can be further split with vertical dividers or wire shelves to keep less-worn clothes organised and visible.
- Closet rod – if you find you need more folding space than you do hanging space, make use of your closet rod by investing in hanging shelves. These can hold folded jumpers and tops, or rolled jeans. If you need more shoe storage try hanging shoe shelves. If you need extra hanging space see if you have room for an additional rail half way down – this can be half the length of your top one to keep some room for long coats and dresses.
Arrange for your brain
Everyone likes their wardrobe arranged a different way. Find what works for you. Some ideas:
- Colour coded: hanging items with like colours from light to dark, folded items in shelves separated by colour, shoes arranged in a rainbow.
- By wear: most frequently worn items at eye level, sometimes pieces on the lower shelves, rarely worn/out-of-season at the top.
- By length: arranging hanging clothes by length gives you extra space below at the shorter end.
- By occasion: dressy clothes, work clothes, casual clothes, fitness clothes.