It's so easy to make a mess in our dressing rooms and wardrobes, the best way to make sure it stays as neat as possible is by having a good organisation system in place. After years of obsessively organising and with many different sized wardrobes under my belt, I feel like I have wardrobe organisation down to a T. Here is the routine that I follow whenever my space needs a refresh.
STEP ONE: DECLUTTER
If you've made the decision to organise your wardrobe then now is the perfect time to sort through everything. I usually throw all of my clothes onto the floor and go through them piece-by-piece, sectioning them into the following categories:
Clothing that you love and wear often or that you have worn in the last couple of months.
Special occasion clothing; evening wear, weddings, gym wear and so on.
Clothing that you wear regularly but are currently out of season.
Clothing that is in good condition that you just don't wear anymore. Give to friends & family or to a charity.
Clothing that is in good condition that you have barely worn. Sell on eBay or Depop.
Clothing that is broken, ripped or stained beyond repair. Look out for material recycle boxes.
Once you've finished this step, grab yourself some bin liners for the clothes that you'll be throwing away. Label them accordingly ('give away'/'sell'/'rubbish') and move them out of the room for the time being.
STEP TWO: ARRANGE
Now that you have your pieces in their correct categories, it's time to arrange them into the sections that you want to see as you enter your dressing room or open your wardrobe doors. There isn't a correct or incorrect way of doing this, it's completely personal to you and the specific pieces in your collection. Here's an example to help you:
Shirts, tees, vests, bodysuits, jumpers, hoodies, etc.
Jeans, trousers, shorts, skirts, joggers, leggings, etc.
Cropped, longline, denim, coats, etc.
Trainers, heels, sandals, boots, sliders, etc.
Bags, belts, hats, scarfs, jewellery, etc.
STEP THREE: WORK OUT WHERE TO PUT EVERYTHING
If you're anything like me, this stage will have taken forever to get to so congratulations on making it this far! You've done all the hard work and now its time to put everything in its rightful place. Have a look at the space you have and think about what will be the best way for your wardrobe to work.
- You may like to work clockwise, choosing your top first, then your bottoms, your jacket, shoes, then accessories. If this sounds like it would work for you then go ahead and hang your pieces in that order.
- If your space isn't as simple as that you may need to compromise. You might have shelving to the left of your rail that you feel is perfect for housing your folded trousers, or you might like to display your bag collection on these shelves.
As long as it works well for you - thats all that matters!
TIPS, TRICKS AND IDEAS
I didn't want to leave this post without some inspiration and ideas on different ways to store your items. Here are a couple of ideas that are not only practical but aesthetically pleasing, too.
- Use a mix of shelving, rails, drawers and boxes to add interest and to section your pieces accordingly.
- These glass-fronted drawers from Ikea are perfect for being able to find your favourite items quickly, along with the pull out trays and dividers for accessories.
Hopefully you're now sitting by your fresh, revamped wardrobe feeling super happy with everything you've done. I know that when I spend some time organising my collection it makes me feel so differently about my clothes and helps me to wear those pieces that I neglected so many times.