How to Organise Your Wardrobe in 10 Simple Steps
by RJ Living | August 18, 2021
Do you look into your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear, even though it’s overflowing with clothes? Are your clothes piled into a laundry basket instead of neatly hung?
The problem isn’t what’s hanging in your closet but how it’s arranged. RJ Living has plenty of wardrobe storage tips for how to organise your wardrobe.
Where to Start?
Wardrobe organisation can be a daunting task. If you find yourself staring at your closet, not knowing what to do first, begin by removing everything. Pile everything on your bed or the floor.
Step 1: Clean the Closet
Once your closet is empty, vacuum it and wipe it down to remove any dust. Sort through your clothes hangers, removing any broken ones.
Add some luxurious new hangers in either wood or velvet or padded versions to add a touch of luxury. Having matching hangers in your closet gives it a streamlined look.
Step 2: Sort Your Clothing
Don’t organise things that don’t fit, are worn out, or out of style. The KonMari method of professional wardrobe organiser and author Marie Kondo advises keeping only the things that “spark joy”.
Toss that outfit that you need to lose 10 pounds to wear. If you have a jumper that you bought on sale in an unflattering colour, then it probably should go. Likewise, it’s best not to hang onto a shirt with frayed cuffs.
Make three piles of clothing—one for clothing in good condition that you want to donate to a charity or give to friends, one for clothes worn that you want to get rid of, and one for the clothing you love and want to keep. The goal is to make sure your wardrobe is filled with clothing that makes you feel great every time you put them on.
Step 3: Design Your Wardrobe
Now that your wardrobe is decluttered and your closet is empty, you can take a look at your space. Are there enough shelves? Are there areas you can’t reach? If you have the budget for a wardrobe renovation, great! Otherwise, adding organisers in your closet can add needed structure and wall space.
Step 4: Add Organisers For Extra Space
Think outside the box. Another way to organise wardrobe contents is through a hanging shoe divider can be used to store accessories or rolled T-shirts instead of or in addition to shoes. Scarves can be stored draped on hangers.
Adding an extra rod to your wardrobe can double the amount of space for shorter items such as shirts, slacks, and blouses. This is a great space-saving idea if you don’t have many longer items such as long coats and dresses.
Baskets and boxes can keep shelf space in your wardrobe neat and attractive. Plastic bins can store out-of-season clothing. Plastic armoires are inexpensive and can add drawer space to walk-in wardrobes.
Step 5: Hang Coats, Dresses, and Expensive Items
Some clothing should be stored hung on hangers. For instance, dresses, formal wear, suits, coats, and expensive items need special attention to be wrinkle-free and at their best. Hanging your clothes can keep these items in top condition whenever you reach for them.
Step 6: Fold and Stack Bulky or Thick Clothes
A thick jumper or your collection of denim jeans can be stored folded in a drawer or stacked on shelves. They’re thick enough to not wrinkle and keep their shapes better when folded instead of hung.
Step 7: Roll Lightweight Clothes
Bonus Tip: The 80/20 Rule
In business, the 80/20 rule holds that 80 percent of sales come from 20 percent of customers. When it comes to your wardrobe, this concept might mean that you wear a smaller amount of your clothing 80 per cent of the time and 80 percent of your clothes 20 percent of the time.
By following this rule, you can put what you wear the most in easy reach. For most people, a tuxedo or evening gown doesn’t need to be front and centre. The business suit or black pencil skirt you wear to work at least once a week should be at your fingertips on a Monday morning, though.
Capsule wardrobes, designed to take a few items of clothing and create multiple looks, can be found inside your current closet. Put those often-worn items—basics such as trousers, cardigans, a crisp white shirt, and a trusty pair of blue jeans—close at hand.
Sorting colours may make getting dressed easier. If you find locating a red dress or purple blouse difficult, group like colours.
Another option is to choose a few colours you love plus neutral pieces in taupe, black, navy, or grey, and make them easily accessible whether you’re dressing for the office or a weekend brunch.
Step 8: Don’t Forget Your Underwear
Next, go through your underwear, swimsuits, and pyjamas. Toss any underwear with rips, holes, or tears. Replace worn items with new ones. Open boxes or dividers can make rolled undergarments easy to find.
Step 9: Keep Shoes and Boots
A hanging shoe organiser or a shoe rack can keep all your shoes neatly stored and tidy. Another option is putting shoes on shelves, separated with dividers.
Bonus Tip: One In, One Out
After you’re done reordering your wardrobe, you can keep it well-structured by having the “one in, one out” rule. If you purchase new clothing, go through your existing clothes to purge old ones to make room. A fun way to do this is to invite friends to bring cast-offs over for a clothing swap.
Step 10: Always Put Things Away in Proper Storage
Once your wardrobe is organised, you can keep it that way by putting clothes away promptly after washing.
Now Back To You To Organise Your Wardrobe At Home
Nothing makes your home a more lovely place to be than having a well-organised wardrobe. Getting dressed each day becomes a pleasure, and every outfit you own makes you feel you’re at your best.
Not only that, but the clothes you reach for will always be in top condition. You’ll also spend less time dressing and less money on clothes since your current wardrobe will make you happier.
An organised wardrobe is also a pleasure to see that will also make your bedroom more attractive and more functional. With these wardrobe storage solutions, you can become the perfect clothes organiser.