January is the time to refresh your wardrobe and storage in readiness for the new season. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that my wardrobe is perfectly organised (it’s the one place in the house that no one else is allowed to touch) I may be sad but wardrobe organisation just makes me happy. So here are my top tips and ideas to help you organise your wardrobe.
Sort into type
Think about everything that you need to store and group things together; longer coats and dresses, skirts and trousers, tops, blouses and short coats or blazers, knits, shoes and boots, handbags and scarves. I need to be able to see everything so that I don’t forget about an item and it makes it easy for me to pull an outfit together and accessorise it. Most of what I wear regularly is kept in one built in wardrobe in my bedroom which has a long single rail and a large shelf across the top. The second built in wardrobe contains pieces that I might want during the season, but that I don’t wear all the time. For example, during the winter it will contain evening wear and more summery pieces like silk sleeveless tops that I might wear for the evening or parties in the winter.
What kind of storage do you need to organise your wardrobe?
Once you have grouped things together you can see how much hanging space you need. How much shelving or drawer space you will need and whether you need to add to what you have.
Free standing rails can look attractive if you have the space.
If the rails inside your wardrobe are all one height, you can buy a second rail that hooks onto your existing rail. This gives you double height hanging space for your shorter items.
A word about hangers – wire coat hangers should be banished from the wardrobe! I have wooden hangers for most items and some padded hangers for more delicate pieces like my silk blouses. If you are really short of hanging space, look for hangers that have multiple bars and thinner hangers like the non slip ones below. For special items I love the personalised wooden ones below.
I also have hanging fabric shelves in my wardrobe to store my knitwear (on behalf of your knitwear I am asking you, please don’t hang your knits, you will stretch and ruin them) I store my knits in the shelves by colour, for example all reds together, all whites or light neutrals together.
You could also use a hanging shelf for additional space.
I have a large shelf above my hanging rail where I store my shoes in their boxes. I swap them out each season, so in the winter it will be day and evening shoes and in the summer it will be sandals and summer shoes. Boots stand in the bottom of the wardrobe – tip: if you don’t have tall shoe trees for your boots roll a magazine and put that in your boot, it will keep them upright in your wardrobe.
If you don’t have a shelf or enough space for your shoes there are plenty of options. You could pile them on the floor of your wardrobe in their boxes, or buy and label new boxes with a photo. An instant print Instax camera is perfect for this.
If you have the space there are plenty of cupboard or cabinet options.
If possible keep your handbags in dust bags to prevent them from getting scratched and damaged. If you don’t have a dust bag they can be bought pretty cheaply. A great idea so that you remember which bag is in each dust bag, is to add a luggage tag with a picture attached to it. Or you could just write on the tag which bag it is.
For scarves I have a couple of methods I use. Fine silk scarves are kept in a basket – make sure it has a lining though so that they don’t get snagged. Thicker wraps and ponchos are rolled, then they are stored on one of the fabric shelves and a few medium weight scarves that I wear a lot are on a hanger in the wardrobe.
I hop you have enjoyed my tips to help you organise your wardrobe, I know I find it so satisfying.
Once you have your beautifully prepared wardrobe you can go on to give it a Spring clean and sort. Then you will know exactly what you have in there and what you would like to add to it for the new season. For more tips on Spring cleaning your wardrobe, get my free ebook by clicking the button below. You will then be emailed a link to the booklet.