Christmas and New Year are over, Winter is on it’s way out, and Spring will be here before we know it! Traditionally, many see Spring as a chance for a fresh start and a chance for change, echoing the birth and life which starts happening all around us at that time of year.
This fresh start also extends to your wardrobe; as the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, our fashion needs change; we wear lighter fabrics, shorter lengths, brighter colours. The problem? Sometimes we can lose fab items of clothing, as they vanish forever into the abyss of a messy wardrobe! So take the time to get organised, and let your spring style run smoothly!
Here are my top tips for organising your wardrobe, and keeping on top of it.
1. Do your research
Before you go anywhere near your wardrobe, take the opportunity to have a think and be creative. What do you want your look to be? Does it need to fit a busy lifestyle, or be practical yet stylish to deal with a busy life raising children?
Do you want a more polished, preened look, or something low maintenance yet attractive? Which famous figures do you admire for their style? Gather some examples of your ideal look, so that you have an end goal in mind whilst organising. This will help you to more easily discard unwanted items, and give you a focus whilst sorting.
2. Get absolutely everything out
This may sound extreme, but it is 100% necessary. Get every single thing out of your wardrobe and drawers, and I mean everything; socks, underwear, coats, hats, scarves, bags…lay it all out somewhere where you can see it.
You will probably be surprised by how much there is!
3. Organise into sections
Be picky here; don’t simply start a pile of ‘tops.’ Heavy jumpers in one section, cotton t-shirts in another, smart work shirts in a third…you get the idea. Do the same for other items – jeans, smart trousers, work dresses, etc.
4. Be ruthless
Work on instinct, go through each section methodically, and discard anything you no longer want. Anything which is faded, stained, doesn’t fit or simply doesn’t meet your tastes anymore can go. Any single socks, or things which you keep “just in case” can be easily removed.
Listen to your gut, if your initial reaction is “ew!” or “what’s that?” it’s time to let it go. Bag up unwanted, good quality items ready to drop at a charity store or friends, and put the rest aside temporarily – you may be able to use them as cleaning rags.
5. Find things which work together
Once you have a pile of items which you know you like and which all fit, the fun can begin. Consider which items work well with each other, and which can be used to create a whole new outfit. You may be surprised how many new outfits you can develop out of what you have.
The aim is to make sure that everything goes with something else, to make sure you actually wear it. You can even photograph different combinations, to help you remember and inspire you when you are in a hurry.
6. Make sure your wardrobe is clean and fresh
If you are anything like me, very odd things can end up in your wardrobe (especially if it’s used as a nest by sleepy cats…). You wouldn’t clean your floor with a dirty brush, so make sure the space is clean, aired and fresh smelling before you put your clothes back in.
7. Come up with a system
Some people organise their clothes by colour, others by function. Decide which works best for you, and put all of your clothes neatly in the wardrobe. Hang jumpers, shirts, blouses and long sleeved tops on hangers, and make sure these all face the same way. Hang skirts and dresses on the appropriate type of hanger, and make sure they all sit neatly and have enough space.
This has a double bonus: you can instantly and easily see what you have, and it helps to stop clothes from getting wrinkled and creased, saving you time on the ironing! Neatly fold jeans, trousers and t-shirts, and store them carefully somewhere you can easily access and view them.
8. Don’t forget accessories!
Accessories can make or break an outfit, so don’t neglect them in your wardrobe organisation! Treat them in the same way you sort your clothes, discarding anything broken or that you no longer enjoy wearing. Make sure that necklaces are untangled, that earrings have pairs, that bracelets and watches have boxes where possible, and rings are clean and polished.
Make sure that every piece of jeweler has a home, and that you can quickly see at a glance what you have. It is also worth taking the time to wonder which pieces can go which different outfits, as a new accessory can transform an outfit easily!
We all have to wear clothes every day, so it is worth taking the time to make sure your wardrobe is organised and easy to access. Remove an unnecessary stress from your life, and enjoy the added bonus of discovering purchases you forgot you had or wearing something a different way to create a rocking new outfit!