Last week we went through the process of decluttering your wardrobe in order to make it easier and more fun for you to get dressed. This week we are looking at how to organise your wardrobe properly and most efficiently. Having a tidy and clearly structured closet will not only save you heaps of time, it will also transform the process of getting dressed into something quite exciting. Give it a go, you’ll be surprised!
The Perfect Wardrobe – Organising Your Style
I have about 70% of my clothes hanging, simply because it so much easier to see and feel your clothes that way. If you are short on space, only hang the more special items and those that easily crinkle.
Here are four factors to consider when organising your clothes:
- LENGTH – Marie Kondo tells you to hang clothes rising up to the right. This is supposed to make you feel happier and I recommend giving it a go. It definitively makes your wardrobe look great and so much tidier. As I have two closets I keep all my shorter items in one and in the other I have all my dresses, longer jackets and coats.
- TYPE – I find that organising my clothes by type makes getting dressed much quicker. I start with jackets, blazers and cardigans on the right hand side before going over to long-sleeve tops and blouses. These heavier items are then followed by short-sleeve tops and blouses, pants and skirts. On the very left I have statement necklaces and other shortish pieces like a corset and a small sequin bolero.
- COLOUR – Sorting by colour is my ultimate tip, I have been doing this for over 20 years! Having everything of one colour together makes it easier to create colour combinations and minimises the search time for a matching piece.
- OCCASION – If you have clothes that you wear purely for work you might want to hang them separately or at least group them together. That way you don’t waste time sorting through all your clothes on a workday morning. Plus you won’t have to think about work when getting dressed on the weekend. Same goes for ball gowns.
Shelves and Drawers
I keep all my basics, comfy and casual clothes, as well as some of my handbags, on shelves. In my drawers I have pyjamas and scarves. My underwear, belts and smaller bags I keep in boxes. If you have very limited space, I highly recommend trying Marie Kondo’s folding and rolling technique. This saves space and time when looking for something. Stacking your clothes like bento boxes is not for everyone but it is a huge space saver!
At this stage I will not go into shoes and jewellery too much. I keep my shoes on a shoe rack under the stairs. Some people keep them in their closets. Whatever works in your house, just make sure that you can see them straight away. If kept in a shoebox, take a photo and stick it onto the box.
Most of my necklaces are hanging on fake antlers drilled to the wall (I love re-purposing quirky items). This not only looks good but is easily accessible when I add the finishing touches to an outfit. While I keep my good jewellery in a special box, all the fashion jewellery I keep in a transparent container with lots of compartments. This way I can see straight away what I am looking for and it takes up less space than keeping it in a drawer.
It Takes Time to Save Time
Going through the process of cleaning out your wardrobe and re-organising its interior can take a bit of time. Even getting used to a new structure is not as easy as it may seem. Our brain needs to rethink, we have to establish new routines but I promise that after a week or two you’ll enjoy your clothes and wardrobe way more than before.