Our Top 10 Tips for Organising Your Wardrobe
Organising your wardrobe has some obvious benefits: clearing clutter and getting rid of your floordrobe, making it easier to find your favourite outfits, and taking care of your clothes so that they last longer.
You also get the satisfaction of completing a tidying-up task that makes your life all-around easier and more relaxing. In the morning, it’s effortless to choose what to wear for the day when all your options are laid out neatly in your closet. In the evening, you can relax, secure in the knowledge that everything is in its right place and you won’t have to worry about a cluttered mind due to a cluttered bedroom.
But what is the best method of organising your wardrobe? Starting with a plan will help you clear out and rearrange your closet logically and painlessly, so read on for our best wardrobe organisation ideas and top tips for a clean and uncluttered closet!
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1. Empty it all
If you have a messy wardrobe, chances are you have a habit of just shoving things in there haphazardly, so the first step to organising your wardrobe is to take everything out.
You need to find those shirts and scarves and shoes that you’ve completely forgotten about since accidentally hiding them behind other items. You also need to get an idea of the space you have to work with, whether your closet includes shelves, drawers, or hanging rails.
This is also a great time to clean the space — hoover or sweep the floor, wipe down the shelves, and dust anything that needs it.
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2. Time to declutter
This is probably going to be the most difficult step if you’ve embraced your full and messy closet, but it’s the most important element of organising your wardrobe. Make sure you have a good full-length mirror so you can see your whole body when you try on clothes, and use baskets or shopping bags to organise your belongings into keep, toss, and donate piles.
Style Curator suggests going through each clothing type separately (e.g. first tops, then pants, etc.) so that you are comparing similar clothes at once.
When you’re deciding which clothes to hold onto and which to let go of, stylists agree that the best thing to remember is: dress for the person you are today. It can be hard to say goodbye to an item of clothing that was expensive or that used to fit, but focus on keeping the clothes that you still love and are excited to wear.
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3. Choose your storage solutions
You’re almost ready to start properly organising your wardrobe and filling it back up, but first determine whether you require any extra storage for the items you’re keeping. Maybe you need a whole new wardrobe — upgrading from a single to a double wardrobe, for example, or opting for a wardrobe with drawers to offer an array of organisational options.
And if the wardrobe you’ve chosen suits your space but needs a bit of extra help to keep it tidy, you can also consider adding boxes or baskets as additional storage solutions inside.
A combi wardrobe like our Francisco, with drawers and a hanging rail, is great for storing a mix of belongings.
4. Separate by season or style
When you’re organising your wardrobe, it makes no sense to put your airiest summer sundress next to your bulkiest winter coat. If you’re tight on space, you can take out next season’s styles and store them elsewhere in your home, but even if you have room for all your clothes in your wardrobe, separating them into warm and cold-weather clothes allows for easier organisation and outfit creation.
We also recommend organising your wardrobe by category or purpose. Putting all your dresses together, for example, helps you choose between them, or keeping all your work clothes in one section makes it simple to grab an outfit for the office.
There are many other ways to organise your wardrobe as well, such as by colour or fabric. Any of these options can be a good way to keep your closet looking clean and tidy, as long as you stick to the organisation theme you choose.
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5. Utilise prime real estate
Organising your wardrobe with some sort of logic is important, but even if you’re separating clothes by colour, category, or another method, it’s also a good idea to put your most-loved clothing items at the forefront of your closet. Not only does this mean that they will be close at hand whenever you want to wear them, but the rest of your wardrobe will stay tidier as you will not be frequently digging through it looking for a favourite pair of trousers or skirt.
On the flip side, you may have items of clothing that you rarely wear — not the type you should toss or donate, but special occasion wear that sees infrequent use but is still well worth keeping. Tuck these away and out of easy reach; they’ll often be fancy and formal items, so you’ll still remember they’re there, but since you won’t need them often you can organise your wardrobe to keep them away from your main closet view.
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6. Keep curating
Congratulations, your wardrobe is fabulously organised and under control! Now here comes the hard part: keeping it clean and tidy. Try creating a method for learning which clothes you do and don’t wear over time. For example, flip your hangers so the hooks are facing the back of your wardrobe. Then, each time you wear an item of clothing, turn the hanger back around. After six months or a year, you’ll know which clothes have never been worn.
Furthermore, when you’re buying new clothes, think about how they’ll fit in with the pieces you already own. Now that you’ve finished organising your wardrobe, you should have a good idea of what you have, so you can decide if your new purchases match the vibe.
You can also choose a specific day each week to go through your wardrobe and keep on top of any built-up clutter. For example, if you do your weekly tidy on a Sunday, then you’re off to a fresh start for the week ahead!
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Bonus: a few extra wardrobe organisation ideas
7. Put a box or basket on the floor of your wardrobe marked for donation. If you find yourself looking through your closet and noticing an item of clothing you realise you have no interest in wearing again, drop it into the box. Then, next time you’re doing a closet clearout, you’ll already have these pieces separated out.
8. Speaking of donations, choosing where you’ll give your unwanted-but-still-wearable clothes can make it easier to say goodbye. Sure, you can just donate to your nearest charity shop, but with so many options around Ireland for stores supporting various organisations, picking one that benefits a cause near to your heart can turn tough decisions into feel-good choices.
9. Good Housekeeping recommends a ‘holiday box’ of clothes you’ll only wear when you’re heading off on a sunny getaway. Your strappy sandals and bold bikinis probably aren’t well-suited for everyday Irish weather, so store them away in a different box and get an extra thrill of excitement every time you take it out to prepare for a trip away.
10. Use sliding doors to save space. If you’re working within a small bedroom, a sliding door wardrobe lets you choose a larger closet option without taking up too much additional floor space, because you don’t need room for the doors to open outward.
The stunning Abigail sliding wardrobe comes in a variety of sizes and colours, ideal for organising your wardrobe in any type of room.
Organising your wardrobe with Corcoran’s
Corcoran’s has a gorgeous array of wardrobes to suit any bedroom size or decor style, and a variety of other storage options to help you clean and organise your space. Shop online now or visit our Kerry and Limerick stores to see our wardrobes in person, and you can always get in touch with our team to learn more about our range and help you find the best picks for organising your wardrobe.