Let’s face it, you don’t need every single item in your wardrobe. Hell, you probably don’t even remember more than a quarter of what’s lurking in the back of your closet! If you find that getting dressed every morning is a huge hassle because the jumbled mess of clothes is too much to tackle, then a wardrobe detox is exactly what you need.
Read on for tips on how to purge and organise your wardrobe to maximise the space you have.
The first step to de-cluttering your wardrobe is, unfortunately, getting rid of old clothes. It might be difficult (I would know, I’m a major fashion hoarder), but donating or trashing clothes you don’t wear anymore is key to having an organised closet. Ask yourself this, “Have I worn this in the last one year?”, if your answer is no, get rid of it. Clothes that are too big or too small for you (due to weight gain/loss or impulse purchases) also have no place in your life.
Most of us don’t have the luxury of having a large walk-in closet (sobs…), but take a look at your current wardrobe situation and see how you can improve it. Swap out your current hangers for velvet non-slip ones. They’ll make sure your clothes won’t fall off and are much slimmer than normal wood or plastic hangers, which will save you more space in your wardrobe. Find a way to arrange your clothes and accessories so that everything is visible and accessible at a glance. Remember, if you can’t see it, you most likely won’t wear it, or, looking for it will be a hassle.
Before you get started, make a plan of which items are going where. Store your pyjamas and gym wear in drawers. For undergarments, tights and socks, arrange them in drawer organisers to keep everything neat and tidy (say good-bye to ugly jumbles of mismatched socks!). If you have enough space, hang all your tops, you’ll be able to see everything this way. For sweaters and other knit items, fold and stack them to prevent them from losing shape on hangers.
Choose to hang all your other clothing items by colour or length and separate your tops, dresses, skirts and trousers. If you wish, you can further divide your wardrobe into “work” clothes and “weekend” clothes to make getting dressed much easier!
If you don’t have sufficient hanging space for your jeans and shorts, fold them this way and “file” them from dark to light shades.
This way, you can see everything at one go as opposed to stacking them upwards. You’ll also find that it’s much easier to grab what you want without creating a mess in your drawers.
Make sure seasonal items like winter wear are kept out of sight but still organised neatly in clear boxes.
Once you’ve got your closet well organised, do a quick check every few weeks to see if everything is still in it’s rightful place and ensure things don’t turn into a big mess again!