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A guide to organising your wardrobe [Infographic]

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Do you find yourself spending every morning rummaging through your wardrobe trying to figure out what to wear and where everything is? If so, it’s time to organise your wardrobe and make the most of your clothes.

This infographic was created in partnership with ApartmentGeeks.net and the infographic design agency – Neo Mammalian Studios.

Do you find yourself spending every morning rummaging through your wardrobe trying to figure out what to wear and where everything is? If so, it’s time to organise your wardrobe and make the most of your clothes.

Find your system

A recognisable system means your clothes will always be in reach.

 

Hang: trousers, skirts, shirts, suits, coats, and jackets

Fold: knitwear, t-shirts loungewear, and denim

 

Organise these by

  1. By item
  2. By colour

Hangers

Wooden and padded hangers are the best for maintaining the shape of a garment. Gain extra space in small wardrobes by using slim hangers.

 

SUITS SKIRTS SMALL SPACES

Source: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/closets/hangers-every-wardrob-need-00000000011095/page9.html

TIP: Remove garments from plastic dry cleaner bags, as they don’t allow the fabric to breathe.

Shoes

Clear shoeboxes will protect your shoes whilst letting you see them at a glance.  Otherwise, invest in a shoe rack and keep it at the base of your wardrobe. You can fit more pairs in by alternating the way they’re facing.

Drawers

Customizable wire drawers are perfect for keeping fiddly things such as socks at bay. Drawer dividers will help keep things even neater. Keep hosiery and socks manageable by folding them together.

 

Source: http://issuu.com/rylandpetersandsmall/docs/practical_princess_perfect_wardrobe

 

Doors

Maximise your wardrobe real estate and use a door rack to hang your belts, scarves and ties.

Storage

Use a suitcase to store out of season garments, or use boxes and keep them on the top shelf.

 

TIP: Save on space by placing smaller handbags inside larger ones.

Reduce

Remember, out of sight means out of mind. Keeping things visible will help remind you to wear them and those unworn items will have nowhere to hide.

 

According to The Pocket Stylist all you really need are:

 

2 x dark trousers

2 x jeans

3 x skirts

3 x sweaters

2 x jackets

3 x coats

 

A white button front shirt, a few t-shirts and a nice dress.

 

(Perhaps illustrate as a pyramid, dress at the top, t-shirts/casual items at the bottom?)

 

Donating garments that you never wear will not only free up space but also give you reason to invest in more timeless items.

 

TIP: Hang all your clothes facing away from you. When you use them and place them back, hang them the right way. By the end of the season you can tell what needs to go.

Best fictional wardrobes

All too much? Here are some wardrobes to keep you inspired.

 

Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

The iconic walk-in-wardrobe filled with designer shoes and couture dresses is neat as it is vast.

 

Turtle, Entourage

With a wall for sneakers and a wall for caps, everything is in clear, enviable view.

 

Cher Horowitz, Clueless

A computerized outfit coordinator and conveyer belt rack full of colour-coordinated clothes is Cher’s idea of a recognisable system.

 

The Wardrobe, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Perfect for those living in small spaces, this wardrobe will not only allow you to have infinite room for your clothes but also gives you plenty of time to get ready.

Outro

Once you’ve established a method for yourself, stick to it. Take the few extra seconds to put things back in their rightful place. You will be rewarded a sense of calm the next day.

 

 

 

Sources:

http://issuu.com/rylandpetersandsmall/docs/practical_princess_perfect_wardrobe

 

The Pocket Stylist: Behind the scenes expertise from a fashion pro on creating your own look, Kendall Farr, Gotham 2004