When you love fashion, there’s always something new to add to your wardrobe. But when you find yourself standing in front of a bursting wardrobe like me a few weeks ago and still deciding you’ve got nothing to wear, it’s time for some organisation.
Revise Your Clothes Collection
Part of the key to an organised wardrobe is knowing what’s in there. Sorting and decluttering your wardrobe should ideally be an ongoing process rather than a once and done exercise. I’ve learnt the hard way, having to raid my wardrobes and chuck bag fulls away every three months! Discard items that are worn out or definitely the wrong size, and set aside favourites you know you’ll want in the future but not right now. There are some tips on how to store those ‘not in use’ items below.
A Good Way to Organise
Arranging the actual space available in a wardrobe is more practical than trying to sort things into colours or seasons, although you could do that too if that’s how you like to see your clothes arranged.
Depending on the size and shape of your closet you could:
- Put separates together, creating a larger space beneath shorter hanging garments. In the space created underneath separates, place a plastic drawer tower for shoes, accessories or an overflow for folded garments.
- Fix an additional rail to the inside of wardrobe doors for scarves, belts or necklaces. You could include hooks or a cork board with pins to hold smaller jewellery items like earrings. Including a mirror would complete your ‘accessorising station’ right there in your wardrobe.
- If there’s a shelf at the top of the wardrobe, fit hanging storage baskets for loose odds and ends, and put shelf dividers on the shelf itself to help separate folded or stacked items.
- Install a tension rod at the bottom of the wardrobe as a quick shoe rack. Hook shoe heels over them to keep shoes in place. Tension rods are normally used for net or voile curtains and are generally found at DIY stores with poles or curtain tracks.
Seasonal Storage Choices
If your clothes collection is sizeable, an easier way of organising things and making space is to take the seasonal route and pack away what you’re not using.
With this method, you decide which items you won’t wear again for several months. Seasonal changes between summer and winter are most obvious, but their other considerations too. You could also include sports clothing and equipment that’s either fallen out of favour or that you only use at certain times of the year.
When things are left untouched in the closet for months, they’re taking up space you could fill with clothes you wear more often. A popular storage option is renting a self-storage room which helps to keep out of season clothing in good condition. You’re allowed to install free-standing hanging rails or drawer units and choose the size of the space you need. You can have enough room to give clothes some breathing space, avoiding crushing them or creating deep creases where folds have been.
As well as seasonal items of clothing, other categories to consider for self-storage are items such as formal evening wear. Often elaborately decorated or made from fragile fabrics, these garments need special care and more room to breathe than you can provide in a standard day-to-day wardrobe. Other prime candidates are outfits with sentimental value, such as your wedding dress or an heirloom christening robe.
Organising a big fashion collection can seem a bit daunting at the beginning, so start with a small task and build on it. A good starting place is removing out of season items, then organising based on clothes in everyday use. Picking the perfect outfit is a whole lot easier and quicker when your collection is visible at a glance.