When you look good you feel good, right? So why not make life easier by allowing yourself to constantly look and feel great! For me, my wardrobe operates like a well timed machine, and once an item is out of place I feel uneasy. Crazy and all as it sounds, it drives me crazy!
So, where to begin? Well we're going to separate your wardrobe into sections, then go through those sections and divide them up again. It sounds like a mammoth task but will save you time, energy and stress within days.
There are folded items which should be stored on shelves or racks and then hanging items which belong in the wardrobe.
Let's begin... Start one section at a time, much and all as you'd love to rip out the whole wardrobe and see everything believe me you'll get sick of it after an hour and it will live on the floor for days! Take out the t-shirts, whether it's long sleeve, short sleeve or sleeveless. Then divide them further into their sections. From there put alike colours together, you may think this is mad, but believe me you'll thank me, when all your white t-shirts are in one place and you're not searching between colours of the rainbow for that one item to wear. Fold them 'the Benetton way' and place similar ones in a pile. When I say 'the Benetton way' I mean fold the arms of the garment in and then the bottom third into the middle and finally fold the top over so it's pretty much a square shape. This works well for cotton or polyester t-shirts. For anything silk, chiffon or linen I would definitely hang it up. This will prevent creases and keep it from sliding and toppling over a pile of t-shirts.
Next up, do the pants. Divide them into jeans, leggings/yoga pants, dress trousers and shorts. Just like the t-shirts separate them further into colour... darks, colours and lights. Fold them in half and then in half again. For dress trousers I would hang them on clip hangers (if the trousers have creases then hang them with the crease). Shorts should just be folded in half and laid flat.
For knits and sweaters I tend to group them as fine knits and chunky knits in colour coordination, that way they are easy to find and don't fall over in piles. Never hang a knit as it looses it shape and elasticity. With hoodies and fleeces, fold them as you would a knit and place the hood on top of the sweater, that way they will stack evenly.
Moving on to the hanging section! Again divide items up into categories:
- Jackets, blazers and coats
Put similar coloured items together in each section. Place them on hangers all facing the one direction over the rail. I love having all the same hangers. All one colour, or all wooden, it just makes it look uniform and neat. But this is something to build up to, you don't need to rush out and buy 50 wooden hangers just to look pretty!
With underwear, whether it's in drawers or boxes I think it goes without saying pair socks together (you'd be surprised the number of people who don't). Place bras one cup inside the other and stack them neatly. For pants, life is too short to be folding them nicely!
In my opinion shoes should be kept in a separate place to clothes. If like me you have 100's then divide them seasonly, summer shoes and winter shoes. Then separate them in categories:
- Runners and sports shoes
- Flats and casual shoes
- Sandels and flip flops
You can stack them one on top of the other, or place them in pairs next to each other. Again have them together, not thrown in a huge basket or box where you can find one and then spend 10 minutes looking for the second one. We're trying to reduce stress here and get out the door on time!
Here's a quick recap of how to start getting that unruly wardrobe under control:
- Pick a section.
- Take out all those items.
- Divide them up into categories.
- Colour coordinate the garments.
- Fold them neatly into squares.
- Stack the items in piles and place back on the shelves.
- For hanging items, categorise them and hang neatly, with all hangers facing the same way.
- Shoes - pair them together and stack them neatly.
Here are a few stores who have some cute organisation ideas and containers.
- The Container Store
- Hope Depot
- Home Goods
- TK Maxx
- Dunnes Stores
- The Range
- Zara Home
Once the wardrobe is organised and looking like something from a store we can begin on the Spring cleaning and organising the rest of the house! If you have any household hacks we'd love to hear them in the comment section.