The eternal problem of how and where to store clothes is a daily battle that most women (also, men) face. It’s simply not an option to throw things away – it may just be that they are not suitable for the current climate or they are currently out of fashion. Throwing or giving nice items of clothing away is always a last resort and should only be done if you are confident that you will never wear them again.
Instead, it’s time to start thinking outside the (clothes) box and coming up with some more novel ways of storing your clothes, shoes and accessories. Here are our ideas for creating a perfectly-organized wardrobe:
Have a Sort Out
Above: When A Collection Gets Carried Away – Jason McHenry from the San Francisco Bay Area, USA says, “This is evidence of my slight obsession with vintage shirts. I washed and dried every shirt I own in order to sort them out and get rid of the ones that I’ll never wear and I know it.” Photo Courtesy: Jason McHenry
First of all, start by having a good old sort out, keeping to one side anything that you know you will never wear again. When you are done, stand back and look at what you have to store (throw it all on your bed so the cupboards and drawers are empty). If you have a lot of coats, then consider putting up pegs in you utility room as they take up a lot of room in a closet. The same goes for boots and other bulky winter items.
Organize Your Closet
Next, you need to start making your closet work for you. Invest in a closet organizer which will allow you to store belts, bags and other accessories easily and neatly. Put up some shelving or a shoe rack somewhere in the closet so that you have plenty of space to store all of your footwear. Get a load of matching, good quality hangers and start hanging up your clothes one by one. Arrange them in an order that suits you; for example, a section for every season, or a section for every skirt, then every dress etc.
It’s a great idea to get sliding doors put on your closet so that even when it’s open it doesn’t take up too much space. Or you could even consider getting a walk-in closet. Either way, make sure there is suitable lighting inside so you can always find what you are looking for.
Get Into a Routine
Often, people find that they can restore order quite easily within their closet. However, within a matter of days, it is back to the usual chaos. You can easily fix that by being a bit more disciplined with yourself. Make sure you always hang everything up and put it back where it belongs straight away. Keep shoes in pairs and make sure that all belts and handbags are put back in the right place after use. Getting into a daily routine will mean that you can always make the most of your clothes, and nothing is likely to get lost or damaged.
These are just a few ideas on how to keep order in your wardrobe. There are many other storage solutions available, for examples boxes that you can stow under your bed, and vacuum-storage bags to keep heavy winter coats dry during the summer. What other ways can you find to keep order in your closet?
Mark Thomas is an active blogger who often writes for Room Idea, a company installing custom closets and cabinets in Toronto. His other hobbies include gaming and kart racing. Log on to www.roomidea.ca/ to know more about his work.