Imagine a neat and orderly wardrobe where everything has its proper place and everything is easy to find. There is no need to shove an extra hanger in or lean against your heaving pile of clothes. You would probably consider that as wardrobe heaven, wouldn’t you?
Having a wardrobe like that is not impossible. All you need to do is allocate a day and time of the week or month to declutter. Your decluttering process will depend on the wardrobe space you have and your lifestyle. Here are some tips on how you can do it.
- Assemble your wardrobe organisation tools and supplies (tape measure, extra hangers, basket for tossing clothes, etc.).
- Clear your wardrobe with all its contents.
- Clean your wardrobe.
- Start decluttering by checking all clothes, shoes and accessories. Group them into piles on a basket and decide which basket is for donation, recycling or selling.
- For the rest of your clothes, shoes or accessories you want to keep, start organising them by category and use wardrobe storage solutions that will maximise your available space.
- Place your frequently used items on a space within your eye level.
- Think of a plan to keep your wardrobe organised and keep it from being cluttered again.
Design your Ideal Space
When it comes to designing your ideal wardrobe space, take the time to be creative. Do you want more open shelves? Do you want lots of vertical space? Do you prefer more horizontal space? Do you want drawers inside it? Do you prefer sliding doors over folding or hinged doors?
Take note of your built-in shelves, hanging rods and vertical storage and maximise these for storage. For areas that are hard to reach, such as the upper shelves, you can use it to store seasonal clothes.
If you do not have wardrobe shelves, you can purchase storage boxes that can fit right inside it. You can also use shoe organisers to store clothes or plastic bins to store your beach or holiday outfit. You can also use a small armoire or rolling dressers and take advantage of your open-plan wardrobe.
The great thing about open-plan spaces is you can add affordable closet organisers, wardrobe systems and storage solutions that will complement your storage space. These options will not create more space in your wardrobe however, these solutions will help create a more accessible storage space.
You do not need to buy expensive wardrobe systems. Just measure your available space, plan the organisation systems you will use and buy the affordable options we have mentioned earlier. Extra shelves can serve as storage space for your books, bags or other stuff.
Designing your ideal space has endless possibilities!
Hang, Stack or Roll?
Which one is a better choice? It actually depends. Clothes can be stored according to their category and how delicate or sturdy they are.
Aside from arranging your clothes by colour, which is a visually appealing choice, arranging them by category makes a better sense. Store similar items together. For instance, separate your home shirts from your workout shirts, hang your working dress beside your other working clothes, store your socks in one drawer and keep your pyjamas separate as well.
Having enough space to hang all your shirts is good but if you don’t have that privilege, just hang the fancy, delicate or sturdy ones instead. Hang your working clothes to protect them from creases. Hang your dresses and skirts to keep them in proper shape. Hang sturdy clothes like blazers, coats and suits as well.
Bring your organisation a notch higher by using coordinating hangers. To create a streamlined look, match your hangers with your clothes. Invest in plastic, velvet or wood hangers that are sturdy enough to carry suits and smooth enough for silk dresses and lingerie.
For bulky and stiff items like denim jeans and winter sweaters or clothes that you wear at home, stack them to save space. These items are great for stacking because they will not lose their shape, crinkle or slump. Stacking will help you find your clothes easier.
You can roll items like workout clothes, pyjamas, t-shirts, shorts and leggings because they are pliable and thin enough for this technique.
If you do it right, rolling your clothes into neat and little tubes can save you a lot of space. After rolling, you can tuck these clothes in clear storage bins, wire boxes or any box storage solution you currently have. Place these boxes in your wardrobe shelves.
Maximise the space you have
To make the most out of your available space, store your frequently used clothes within eye level. This storage tip place will put your clothes within easy reach and whenever you are in a hurry, you can easily find and grab it instead of scrambling and disarranging your clothes to find it. Clothes that are not often used can be placed directly above them while the least used ones can be stored at the top shelf.
Vertical space, when used properly, can bring you additional storage space. Think about space between the floor and the hems of your clothes, the wardrobe doors and the topmost shelves.
How can you take advantage of this subprime storage estate? You can hang a vertical shoe rack on the wall or the door. You can install do-it-yourself shelves that can hold light objects like boxes or showcase your handbag collection.
Add top shelves if you have a vertical advantage. To reach these shelves, you can use a small ladder or step stool. If you do not have enough hanging space, you can add hooks on the walls of the wardrobe. You can double hang stuff to maximise your horizontal wardrobe space. To further maximise your wardrobe, add a hanging shoe rack on your wardrobe door to store your shoes or other accessories.
If you live in the heart of Cotswolds or near it, talk to Superglide Sliding Wardrobe Doors to maximise your wardrobe space. They 20 years of experience in creating made-to-measure sliding wardrobe doors and various storage solutions. For them, there are no standard sizes: every set of sliding wardrobe doors are made to fit the width and height that you require!