There are few things more stress-inducing than a messy and cluttered wardrobe. Our clothes closets are often one of the first things we see in the morning, which means that many of us are feeling completely overwhelmed before we've even had our breakfast! But the good news is that, just as an untidy closet can make you feel frazzled, learning how to organise your wardrobe can lead to feelings of calm and achievement. Not to mention make your morning routine much easier!
The result will be a beautifully organised closet, full of clothes that you'll actually wear and that are easy to get to.
More good news? Learning how to organise your wardrobe doesn't have to be a chore. In fact, it can be done in under an hour. All it takes is some determination and an honest look at what's inside your closet. Discover simple tips below to help you figure out how to organise your wardrobe by nixing closet cloggers and employing savvy storage techniques. We've also got the scoop on which styles to wear this spring, which ones to keep for next season and which ones to ditch! The result will be a beautifully organised closet, full of clothes that you'll actually wear and that are easy to get to. No more digging around the back to find a clean top! The only hard part will be deciding what to do with all that extra space... shopping spree, anyone?
Wardrobe space-wasters to toss
Here's a simple way to decide which items in your wardrobe need to go. Try asking yourself these three questions: 'Does this piece of clothing make me feel great? Do I need it? Does it have sentimental value?' Now if you can't answer yes to at least one of those questions, then it has to go! For items that are still in good condition (that means no holes, permanent stains or loose threads that can't be fixed), donate them to your nearest second-hand shop or give them away to a similar-sized friend. Everything else goes into the bin!
But what about those items that you've rarely (or never) worn but that cost too much to chuck away? There are lots of websites that will buy your designer items and give them a new home, leaving you with more wardrobe space and a bit of extra cash. Genius!
Finally, ditch last year's trends that weren't particularly flattering or practical to begin with – they won't be coming back. That means it's time to toss out the harem pants, micro bags and bodycon dresses. Good riddance!
Savvy storage solutions
That sparkling evening gown may be gorgeous, but unless you get invited to galas on a regular basis then it's time to put the dress aside and save it for New Year's. Take an honest look at your wardrobe and decide which items you are likely to wear in the next couple of months. British weather can be unpredictable, but you're unlikely to need snow shoes in spring or summer (we hope!). That means putting the rest of the items from your newly slimmed-down wardrobe into storage.
When it comes to items that you need but that aren't in season (think winter coats, wooly jumpers and heavy boots), find a place that isn't your wardrobe to store them. Maximize the space underneath your bed with an under-bed storage box. Alternatively place out-of-season items in clearly labelled boxes on top of your closet. You'll have more space plus keep seasonal items together for easy access.
Want to know what's in style this season? Not all looks from the fashion runway translate to everyday life but happily, the Spring/Summer 2016 shows had more than just a few looks we can't wait to steal. When it comes to colour, it looks like orange really is the new black. Which means that you'll want to hold on to that bright orange top lurking in the bottom of your closet! The key to this trend is opting for just a touch of this vibrant colour, like a flattering orange cardigan or pretty crochet vest (otherwise you run the risk of looking a bit like an Oompa Loompa). Another colour designers went crazy for on the catwalk this season was gold. But if sporting shimmery trousers seems a bit over the top, stay bang on-trend with a stylish pair of golden shoes instead, something like metallic wedges that can easily go from work to bar.
When it comes to styles, the cold shoulder is the must-have item of the summer, thanks to its ultra flattering cut that allows you to cover up your arms but still sport a summery look. Keep your cold-shoulder top or cold-shoulder dress front and centre in your closet – you'll be using it a lot this summer!
Re-organise and revel in the tidiness
The way in which you store your clothes can have a serious impact on how streamlined your wardrobe is. Of course we all know that shoving things into a pile is not the best storage technique, but how you fold and hang your clothes is key to learning how to organise your wardrobe and save valuable closet space. Fold items that don't need to be hanged, such as jumpers, jeans and pyjamas. This will create space plus keep items in tip top shape, as hanging heavy items like sweaters could stretch and ruin the fabric.
To get really serious about folding, take a note from Marie Kondo's book, the Japanese organisational guru known for her space-saving folding method. Discover her revolutionary folding method here and see how much more room you can create in your own wardrobe. By ensuring that the threads you’ll wear now are easy to get to and highly visible, you’ll save so much time and effort each morning. And what could be better than that?
Looking for more organisational tips? Discover 5 ways to clear the clutter that you've been hoarding plus 7 clever hacks for crease-free clothes. For more decluttering help see the latest storage solutions from George Home here.