We live busy lives, every morning trying to get everyone out of the door, school run, commuting … and we all have felt at some point or another that organising and tidying up gets sent down to the bottom of our to do list. Then, one day you come to a point when the clutter is so out of control that you feel trapped, and this can lead to high levels of stress and even weight gain. There are numerous studies that show how getting organised can help you reverse the symptoms of both.
In an ideal world we would all have very few items in our homes, so tidying up and cleaning would not entail a full-on military operation. The truth is that clearing clutter doesn’t have to mean getting rid of everything we own.
In this blog, I would like to particularly focus on how to organise your wardrobe, so there’s a place for everything and everything in its place, and thus help you get ready quickly in the morning, so you can start the day in a stress-free mode.
We all wish we could have a massive walk-in wardrobe, but the fact is that most of us have to make do with a small one. Oh well…Never mind, here is Isabel to the rescue!
If your space is limited, having a system of rotation using your loft or garage is the best way. I use this system myself and it is quite simple but effective. Buy a few transparent storage boxes and put away the clothes that are not in season. Right now, all my spring/summer clothes are up in the loft and I only have in my tiny closet my winter garments.
Have a double rail. Now, this is a God-send. I have one bar at the top for jackets, skirts and trousers (fold your trousers in half) and another one at the bottom with tops. They are fairly easy to install. Measure the height of the inside of your closet, and divide by two depending on the length of your clothes. The top bar can be added quite close to the top of the wardrobe so you get plenty of length. Also, there’s no need to invest in an expensive system to bring down your clothes from the top bar. I have a pole with a hook at the end that does a fabulous job.
Invest in a good set of slim flocked hangers. Now, I cannot rave enough about these. They not only help you maximise your space, but also as they are flocked, they stop your clothes from sliding off the hangers. No more wasting time tying the top button of your shirts or hunting for those tops that have fallen at the back of the closet in a messy pile.
Shelf organisers and draw dividers are also of great help, and they will also allow you to maximise your space and make it a breeze keeping things like socks and underwear tidy and easy to find.
Now that you have all the necessary bits and pieces, it is time to declutter and organise your clothes.
Start by taking everything out. Yes, I said everything! You need to see how much you have. Then, clean the walls inside the wardrobe. Now you are ready for step two. Distribute the clothes in 5 piles:
- Keep – These are the clothes you are wearing for the current season. They all fit you and suit your current lifestyle. Make sure they are ready to use before you put them back. A good system is to use the top bar for dresses, jackets, trousers and skirts and the bottom bar for tops.
- Repairs/Alterations – If you cannot do the repair/alteration yourself, take them to your local dry-cleaners, as most of them offer an alteration service.
- Store – These are the garments not in season, so use the transparent boxes mentioned above, label them with the season, and put them in the garage or loft. As the new season arrives, all you have to do is take the clothes out of storage and get them ready to use. Then, put away the previous season.
- Donate – These are those clothes you haven’t used because they are no longer serving your purpose. It is time to find them a good home.
- Not sure – We all have a few items, we aren’t sure whether we want to keep them or not. I suggest you put these away for six months and, if by the end of the six months you haven’t even thought about them, then perhaps you may want to donate them.
And this is it for this time. I do hope you have found this blog helpful. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. If you would like me to help you with your wardrobe, I currently have a very good offer for my Wardrobe Assessment service.
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Until next time,