Don’t know about you, but my wardrobe is not organised at all.
It’s a jumble, a mish-mash of bargain buys and one or two classic faves that may or may not have exceeded the household budget.
Time to follow some tips for an organised closet
Anyway, we will be moving soon, so I need to get more organised and I’ve been thinking about easy ways to to do it.
It has to be easy for me, this much I know is true, so I’m passing on my thoughts to you today but as always I’m assuming you have some fab tips too – please share them with us in the comments, won’t you?
I hate that feeling of “I have nothing, absolutely nothing suitable to wear today.” Of course I have plenty, it’s just not organised properly and I couldn’t find it if I wanted to!
Knowing, and being able to easily see what you have to wear is key to dressing quickly and well. Don’t you hate those times when a whole lot of garments end up on the bed and you wonder why in hell’s carnation you bought them in the first place?
So to begin …
Step 1 means sifting through your clothes and what better time to do it than right now?
Go on, chuck them ALL on the bed.
If you can’t see what’s in your wardrobe because it’s all tumbled together in drawers and scrunched up on the rail, then you’re probably not going to wear it.
I shove hangers closer together to get to hidden garments. I know. I know. Not recommended.
I’ve scrunched too hard … And the whole rail fell down once.
Here’s what I’m going to do.
Toss out anything that doesn’t fit, hasn’t been worn in 12 months, or that’s damaged.
Right now this looks like 75% of my wardrobe, because generally we gravitate to the clothes we love the most, and we mostly find that these are the garments we wear most of the time.
Yes or No?
So … go on … have a clear out.
- Ask yourself: If I saw this in a shop today, would I still buy it?
- Does this piece of clothing still make me feel GREAT?
- If an item doesn’t fit, was expensive, isn’t soiled and isn’t damaged – then sell it.
- If an item is clean, was perhaps a bargain buy, just doesn’t suit you anymore and looks nearly new – then give it to Salvos
- If an item is soiled or marked, if it’s underwear, or if it’s a garment that looks out of shape – then toss it or use it as a rag.
Need more tips on Wardrobe Editing – Try this post 13 Wardrobe editing tips at Styling You
Organising your closet
- Try to hang your pants, tops, T’s, cardigans in batches and colour – ie put white T’s together, blue jeans, black pants etc.
- If you can, hang as many of your clothes as possible – the more you can see, the more you’ll wear.
- Fold, don’t hang heavy woollen items like jumpers and cardigans – or they’ll lose their shape.
- Scarves – fold them neatly in a drawer. Your could separate them using cheap napkin rings. It’s easier than having them take up space on hangers, and sliding off.
- Shoes – buy a shoe rack (preferably two layered) to sit under your shorter clothes – as in tops and short jackets.
I think if you have an outfit that works, then keep it as an ensemble – as in a pair of pants, a top, a scarf, a jacket or cardi. If you ‘borrow’ an item from the ensemble then put it back once you’ve worn and washed it. Take quick selfies of yourself wearing various outfits that work so that you’ll remember what goes with what. (Very Kate Middleton, don’t you think 😉
I need you help
Which of the following ‘almost made it’ outfits should I chuck?
Number 1 or 2 in each picture? Or all of them?
You’d really be doing me a favour if you can help.
For more wardrobe and style tips you might also like: Super Wardrobe and Style Tips for women over 45
Do you have any wardrobe or style tips you’d like to share? Please leave a comment if you do 🙂
Oh and don’t forget to help me with what I should chuck out above.