Wardrobes, no matter how big and full most of us still have ‘nothing to wear’. It might be because we haven’t dared looked through or sorted our wardrobe for a long time and there are pieces of clothing there you just aren’t ready to get rid of. Well… let’s set aside a few hours because we are going to tackle it and save you the burden of sifting through and trying to find something for work each morning.
#1 Take everything out of your wardrobe and create 3 piles: 1. Keep, 2. Maybe, 3. Donate.
Keep all items you REGULARLY wear. Anything you haven’t worn in 6 months DONATE! If you’re holding onto the memories, you have pictures for that but what you don’t have is space. All the ‘maybe’ pile, try on and make sure they still fit. If they are timeless pieces like a black blazer, leather laptop bag or a good pair of trousers, keep them, but if you haven’t worn them after 6 months, donate!
If it is something you find yourself asking ‘where would I wear this’, donate it and let someone else enjoy it. Okay now you’ve sorted your piles. Well done!
#2 Time to arrange them in your wardrobe
If space allows you, hang everything if you can – if you see it you will wear it more. All ties, belts and scarfs can be hung. How exactly you organise your wardrobe will depend on space. You can organise based on season, occasion or colour.
Season: In order to keep your wardrobe as efficient as possible make it seasonal. In summer put the winter clothes into storage or in the spare room wardrobe.
Occasion: work your clothes until you have three C’s: corporate, casual and cocktail. Keep all suits together with matching pants or skirts hung inside the jacket and hang all work shirts next to them. Then progress to casual and cocktail.
Colour: This is best done with clothes of the same type, i.e. white tops, black tops, blue tops, white bottoms, black bottoms etc. For shoes, display one shoe facing forward and one shoe facing backwards so you can see them properly without getting them out.
A useful tip for keeping on top of your wardrobe if you don’t have a lot of space is to donate something each time you buy something new & remember, the bottom ¾ of a folded pile rarely gets worn!
Written by Chloe Heselden