This is my wardrobe. A horrible fake plastic wood thing left behind by the flat’s previous owners but fairly big – it fit both their clothes when we viewed the flat. But now it’s all mine and Dave has his own two door one. I have abused this situation of relative abundance of space and the poor thing was stuffed full of stuff in a random order. Despite cutting back a lot on my charity shopping (I never bought much in the way of new stuff in the first place), clothes seemed to be unfolding themselves and actually multiplying in there.
So drastic action was necessary. I filled two massive bin bags, and in return I have a place for everything for the first time in forever. To show off the fruits of my labour, here’s some photos, followed by some top tips in case you feel inspired!
First up, the boxes on top of the wardrobe. These are where all the stuff in the ‘random’ category ended up in previously. In the new shiny world order though, the boxes contain:
green – pyjamas and gym clothes
white – vintage stuff that is not regularly worn and some stuff that my mum’s stuff from the 1960s and 1970s which either doesn’t fit me and I hope to pass on to my (future) daughters or that are just too weird for regular wear.
multi-coloured – scarves and hats, my crinoline and my wigs.
see through – coats and jackets
The door on the right shows the top shelf with my fascinators and the dresses that are too dressy for day wear. The hanger has the rest of the dresses, with casual ones on the left and work ones on the right. Underneath the dresses there is a shoe box with my silk scarves.
What do you think? Pretty good isn’t it? Everything in its right place!
Top tips for getting rid of stuff:
* If you haven’t worn it in years, you probably won’t. Get rid of it!
* Try things on. If it doesn’t fit you, it probably wont anytime soon.
* If it’s extremely worn it can go.
* If its nice but not you, pass it on. It’s good karma!
* If in doubt, be ruthless. The fact that you have a wardrobe full of random shit probably means that you’re the kind of person who has no problem finding things. If at any point in the future you suddenly feel the urge to wear something similar after all, you’ll probably find something similar in the charity shops, and if not there, the actual shops.
* The exception to this is good quality vintage. I tend to err on the side of caution with these kinds of items since they are impossible to replace. Hence the white box of not quite right vintage.
Top tips for organising:
* I find that by clothing type works best.
* Some people will recommend organising by colour as well, but I find that that only works when you have a lot of stuff.
* Similarly, some people will recommend having separate sections for business, casual, evening and, sometimes, holiday wear. I don’t really segment my clothes like that, the boundaries are much more fluid. The only place where I divided work and play was for the trousers and dresses, but even then, that was within the overall clothing type category.
* And really, anyone who has a separate holiday wardrobe is probably not the kind of person to organise their own wardrobe!
* In the UK climate, I don’t see much of a point in swapping things round by season, although I’ll put my winter coats away once it gets warm and replace with lighter jackets.
* drawers and boxes need to be super organised. If you don’t know what box/drawer something is in, you’ll end up rifling though everything, and messing it all up. Trust me, I know from experience!
* Flat drawers are better for folded up things, deep drawers can be used for stuff that can be jumbled up like tights. I used to keep my tshirts in the deep drawer that now holds my underwear and within two minutes all my careful folding would be destroyed.
That’s all I can think of!