HOW TO BETTER ORGANISE YOUR CLOSET
…so that you wear more of your clothes!
As I write this my closet no longer exists; I had planned to shoot some nice photos of my open plan wardrobe to share with you before we took it down, but unfortunately the madness of moving meant that it hasn’t looked very tidy or organised for a few weeks now and had been where we started to store our boxes. However, thanks to the lovely imagery on Pinterest, I can still impart some closet organisational tips on you, my readers.
Most women only wear a select amount of the clothes in their wardrobe; there are a few different reasons for this: we either buy clothes that don’t fit us properly in the hope that our diet will go really well, we own too much occasion wear and never go anywhere that justifies wearing something that fancy or our closet is just so poorly organised that we can’t see what we actually have in there. How many times have you done a closet clean out only to find something you’d completely forgotten you bought in a paper bag and the back of your wardrobe, never worn? Or, realised that you have three or four pieces in your closet that are so similar that you are only really wearing one of them? Better still, when was the last time that you properly cleared out and decluttered your wardrobe so that you can actually move the clothes comfortably along the railing to browse what you have, rather than everything being packed tightly and squeezed in? Any of this sounding familiar? Well then, keep on reading for some simple tips to get your clothes more organised.
CLEAR IT ALL OUT
The first step to a proper closet and wardrobe detox is to clear everything out; empty your wardrobe of everything, pile it all up on your bed and around your bedroom floor. Only the pieces you actually wear or think you will wear are going back in. Once your closet is completely empty it’s also a good idea to give it a clean inside to stop excess dust building up making your clothes musty, just remember to use a bleach free clearer.
INVEST IN GOOD HANGERS
YOUR WARDROBE SHOULDN’T LOOK LIKE PRIMARK’S SHOP FLOOR
I’ll admit that this is something that is on my to-do list for when we move, but there are so many reasons you should invest in hangers. First of all, your wardrobe will instantly look more tidy once all the hangers are uniform; things will hang together better and at the same height as the hangers will all be the same size. Wooden hangers won’t bend out of shape like plastic or metal ones and most importantly, they won’t bend your clothes out of shape either.
ROTATE BY SEASON
ONLY EVER HAVE OUT WHAT YOU REALLY NEED
Something that I’ve always done, because it’s the way my mother organised our clothes when we were children, was to only have out the clothes I need specifically to the season. Simply put, there is no point in having you jumpers and boots on hand in the summer, or to have a summer dress hanging in the cold of winter. Rotate your clothes twice a year so that warm clothes are out for AW and light clothes for SS. It’s important to think about how you store your off season clothes though, vacuum bags are great to prevent mustiness.
ORGANISE BY COLOUR
I CAN SEE A RAINBOW…
The natural instinct when hanging your clothes in your wardrobe his to hang trousers with trousers, dresses with dresses and so on. However, organising your clothes by colour not only makes your closet more aesthetically pleasing, but it also makes putting outfits together a lot easier. Another bonus is visually being able to see how much of a colour you have in your closet, no more double purchases or worse, buying something that matches nothing else you own.
THE 6 MONTHS RULE
KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO LET GO
When we moved into the flat we live in now three years ago, I decided that I really needed to cut down the amount of clothes I own and start to be more honest when it comes to clear outs about which clothes I actually do wear, and which are just taking up space. I follow the six months rule; if I don’t wear something for six months it’s time to pass it on to someone who will get better wear out of it. Try and work this in with you bi-anual clear out/season rotation.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE UTILISING ALL YOUR CLOTHES
If you find that you tend to wear the same few pieces Monday to Friday every week, then a capsule closet could be a good choice for you. Get a free standing rail and select a few pieces that can be mixed and matched to create outfits. After two weeks, rotate these pieces back into your wardrobe and select new ones. This will really insure you use everything in your closet and help you be more honest about the pieces that your actually not too keen on wearing.