If you know me, you'll know that I love to be organised, especially when it comes to my wardrobe. At least four times a year (seasonally) I like to clear out my wardrobe and give it a well needed clean and tidy. If you've already seen the video by VivannaDoesMakeup, I go through a similar process as she does.
I don't have a lot of space in my bedroom to have a massive wardrobe, however in my wardrobe I have a hanging rail and four shelf spaces where I actually keep my clothes. Then down below that I have three pull-out drawers where I keep all my skincare, haircare that I'm not using at the minute. I also keep my shoes at the bottom of my wardrobe and my bags at the top of my wardrobe.
Step 1: Take everything out
This step just requires you to remove absolutely everything that's in your wardrobe, clothes, hangers, shoes, accessories etc. Just take it all out and place it somewhere close by like on your bed or your floor so that you don't have to keep walking back and forth between rooms.
Step 2: Cleaning
Whilst your wardrobe is empty, why not give it a good clean? I have quite a small wardrobe so it doesn't take me too long, but all I do is give it a good hoover (especially in the corners) and clean it with some anti-bacterial wipes, especially the floor of the wardrobe where I keep my shoes.
Step 3: Getting sorted
This is when the real hard work begins, sorting out your clothes. I like to sort mine into three piles, a 'keep' pile, a 'keep but go into storage' pile and a 'charity' pile. The 'keep' pile are obviously clothes that I'm keeping and that I wear all the time, so they are definitely going back into my wardrobe. The 'keep but go into storage' pile are things that aren'y seasonal appropriate at the time. So right now it's beginning to creep toward Autumn, so I'm storing away my Summer dresses and bringing my jumpers etc. back in/
Step 4: Storage re-vamp
This part can be quite tricky, especially if you have limited space. Have a good look at all the clothes going back in and how you're going to store them. If you have limited hanging space like I do, I really recommend getting the thin, non-slip hanger from Primark, they come in a variety of lovely colours and I think they're only around £3 for a pack of 10. If you have lots of space where you can fold things, think about what you are going to store where. Also, bare in mind that it's best to place things here that don't wrinkle or crease easily, like jeans or vest tops. Anything you didn't mind if it's got a little fold in it really!
Step 5: Put it all back
About now I'd be feeling pretty tired and my arms would be feeling pretty dead, but I still like to take time to put things back into my wardrobe so that they can be found easily. Starting with the hanging rail, I put in my coats and any type of jacket (blazer, kimono) first, then all of my tops, t-shirts, shirts etc., then lastly, any dresses I have for that season. In my top shelf I have vest tops, normal t-shirts etc. and cardigans. In my second shelf I have jeans, leggings, skirts, shorts etc. In my third shelf I have put my jumpers and hoodies back in for Autumn. Then in my fourth drawer just has my bag that I'm currently using, my laptop, a notebook and a big box of nail polish.
Step 6: Treat yourself
After all that hard work and being good by throwing stuff away, I like to treat myself by making a big cup of tea and sitting down with my laptop, ready to browse through all my favourite clothing shops online to fill any gaps that I might have in my wardrobe. Any excuse to shop, am I right?
- Ikea will be your best friend if you need more storage.
- Wooden hangers will take up a lot of space so try thin, non-slip hangers if necessary.
- You know those little white packets you sometimes get with new shoes (silica gel)? Keep them in the back of your wardrobe to prevent any damp or mould that could be trying to form.
- Buy scented drawer liners or sachets to keep your wardrobe smelling fresh.
- Colour co-ordinating is another good way to keep your wardrobe organised.
- Anything that you don't need at the minute, put it in a storage box or vacuum bag and place it on top of your wardrobe, under your bed or in a spare room.
So, hopefully you're feeling inspired to get your own wardrobe organised and ready for Autumn! I'm so ready to wave goodbye to Summer and welcome hot chocolate, warm jumpers, scarves, crunchy leaves and berry shades into my life again. Do you have any tips for a tidy wardrobe or anything you like to do to prepare for Autumn? Let me know in the comments!