Organise Your Wardrobe Like a Pro with These Tips
Whether you’re shopping around for new wardrobes in Perth or are simply looking to tidy up the the clothes in an existing one, getting organised is a major undertaking. Challenging or not, this task is well worth it. With your clothing well-organised, you’ll be able to find the clothes and accessories you need faster and with significantly less hassle.
We’ve written in the past about the benefits of maximising wardrobe space or even remodelling your wardrobe. In this post, we’re going to focus on the details of how to actually reorganise your wardrobe from the ground up. To simplify matters, we’ve organised all of this information into a step by step checklist.
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Use this Checklist to Organise Your Wardrobe and Clothing
- Begin with a thorough purge of your current wardrobe. Go through and eliminate anything that you no longer need. Some articles of clothing may have worn out. Others may not fit anymore. Regardless, if you aren’t likely to wear it, then it doesn’t belong in your wardrobe.
Pro Tip: Peter Walsh offers a fantastic strategy for culling un-needed clothing from your wardrobe (published here on Oprah.com). He recommends hanging all of your clothes up in the wardrobe so that the hangers face backwards. When you wear a particular article of clothing, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the opposite direction. After a few months, the direction of hangers in your wardrobe will reveal which clothes you simply do not wear anymore.
- After you’ve removed those items that you no longer wear, it’s time to go through the clothing that remains and take measurements. You’ll be measuring the hanging space required on a single rod needed to accommodate the clothing. This figure is expressed in linear centimetres – or the number of centimetres along the rod occupied by hanging a particular group of clothes.
- Measure Separates – Take all of the garments that are selected and worn separately from others, line them up on a hanging rod and measure the linear centimetres required.
- Measure Medium- and Long-Hang Clothes – Medium-hang clothes are knee-length and would include some dresses and skirts. Long-hang clothes are trousers and anything else that’s calf- or floor-length. You’ll also need to measure from the top of the hanging rod to the bottom to determine this group’s vertical hanging requirements.
- Count Handbags and Hats – These will require flat shelf space for storage.
- Count Pairs of Shoes – Accessories will include neckties, belts, scarves, etc.
- Count Stacks of Folded Items – A typical stack is around 30 cm wide and 30 cm tall.
- Now it’s time to begin organising your wardrobe. Allocate all of your separates to a double-hang section of your closet or wardrobe. This is the best way to maximise your storage space. In fact, if you don’t have a double-hang area, consider installing an extra rod.
- Medium-hang clothing requires its own dedicated hanging section, preferably with shelves above for extra storage. The height of this rod will depend on the vertical measurements you took earlier. Depending on how low this section hangs, you may be able to fit shoes or handbags below it.
- In most cases, long-hang clothing occupies a space all to itself – especially if you’re at or above average height.
- Within sections, arrange clothing by colour. It’s common to go from light to dark, though this is ultimately up to you. You’ll also want to have the clothes that you wear most often positioned so they’re more accessible.
- Consider using shelves (rather than drawers) for folded clothing. Shelving ultimately makes better use of space, and it’s generally cheaper than drawers. In most wardrobes, the shelves can also be moved around as needed.
- Shelves can also be used for shoes. A guiding rule for women’s shoes is that each requires about 18 cm of space, with about as much between pairs. If you have a lot of shoes, consider investing in a rotating shoe rack, which makes outstanding use of space in your closet. Generally speaking, a rack of this sort will take up 100 cm x 100 cm of space.
- Use shelf dividers to tidy up and separate the array of clothing on your shelves.
- Drawers are most useful for small items and delicates such as lingerie. As mentioned above, drawers are more expensive to build and install than shelving, but they also end up saving you money by eliminating the need to buy freestanding chests of drawers and other furniture.
- Purchase matching, high-quality hangers. It doesn’t matter how well your closet is organised; if the hangers don’t match, it’s going to look messy. Matching hangers, on the other hand, add a masterful finishing touch.
Make Your Life Easier with a Custom Wardrobe
Organising your wardrobe is a major undertaking, and keeping it organised requires just as much work – albeit spread out over a period of time. Having a clearly laid-out strategy is half the battle, and the above checklist will help you come up with a plan of attack. Once you’re thoroughly familiar with that system, keeping your closet organised will become easier.
The best wardrobes are those that have been specifically designed to accommodate your clothing and accessories. You’ll get much more use and enjoyment out of a wardrobe that has been specifically designed to accommodate your clothing. This is where lifestyle wardrobes can step in and help.
Once you’ve taken inventory and jotted down the measurements acquired through this checklist, we can go about designing a custom wardrobe that is perfectly equipped with the shelves, drawers and hanging space needed to accommodate your clothes. Once you’ve had the pleasure of owning a custom, well-organised wardrobe, you’ll wonder how you ever made do without such a luxury.
Have a look at our gallery page for an overview of the types of wardrobes we regularly install for our clients, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or to arrange a free measure and quote.