From clever zoning to colour coding, we look at how to arrange your wardrobe to get the most from your space…
A well arranged wardrobe not only looks great, it maximises the available space and helps you to find exactly what you need, when you need it.
If you find yourself always reaching for the same clothes, or you never seem to be able to find the right outfit, here are some top tips and inspiration for making your wardrobe work for you.
Have a place for everything
There are many different ways of arranging a wardrobe - including by type, occasion, colour or season - depending on your own habits and personal preference.
Whichever option you choose, the important thing is to have a place for everything, and make sure your things are both visible and accessible.
Having clearly defined zones for your clothes and accessories will look fabulous and will also make it easier to maintain.
While you’re organising your wardrobe, this is also a good time to go through your clothes and get rid of anything that doesn’t fit, is out of style, or you just don’t wear any more.
Organise your wardrobe by type
Dividing your wardrobe space into different zones and grouping your clothes according to their type - eg t-shirts, shirts, trousers, dresses, jackets etc - is a great way of storing things neatly and making them easy to find - and to put back in the right place at the end of the day!
Using colour coding
Ordering things by colour is another popular way of arranging a wardrobe. Colour coding makes it easy to see things at a glance and can help with putting together coordinating outfits and trying new combinations.
You may want to combine both type and colour coding in your approach - so once you’ve grouped your clothes into their types, you can then arrange the clothes within each section according to their colour.
Organise your wardrobe by occasion
If you tend to think in terms of different occasions, you may prefer to group your clothes according to their function.
So, you might have zones for work, casual or everyday clothes, going out clothes, and special occasions - such as suits and formal dresses.
Make things accessible
To make the most of your wardrobe, and to make the space work for you, it’s important to store the things you use the most at the front and in the most accessible drawers and shelves.
Lesser-worn items, such as formal wear or party shoes can be placed towards the back and on in the higher spaces.
It can also be helpful to organise things by season, by rotating the items in your wardrobe and placing out of season pieces to the back or upper areas of the wardrobe as the seasons change.
Storing your clothes
It’s also important to store your clothes in the right way. As a general rule, shirts, blouses, work trousers, skirts, lightweight dresses, jackets and anything else that’s easily creased should be hung on a rail. Using a set of matching clothes hangers will lend an instant sense of unity to your wardrobe.
When hanging items, make sure you don’t pack them too closely together, so the air can circulate and your clothes don’t get creased.
Meanwhile, heavy jumpers and woollens should be rolled and stacked in drawers or on open shelving, to avoid stretching or denting.
Cotton T-shirts, jeans and casual trousers or shorts can either be hung or folded and stacked, depending on your preference and the kind of space you have available.
Lingerie and socks can be rolled and placed in drawers; and stacking bras inside each other is a good way of saving space and helping them to stay in shape.
Storing accessories and shoes
When it comes to storing accessories and shoes, you can help to keep things tidy and make the most of the available space by using a combination of storage boxes, dividers and racks.
Accessories such as scarves, sunglasses, belts and jewellery can be stored in drawers, using dividers to keep them in their place.
Small linen baskets can be an attractive way of organising accessories such as handbags and hats, while also making use of the floor space and any vertical space between the rail and the ceiling of your wardrobe.
Shoes can be stored in shoe racks or in clear stackable boxes, allowing you to see what’s inside at a glance.
Meanwhile, putting some small hooks on the walls or doors of your wardrobe can provide useful additional storage for scarves, belts or key items of jewellery.
Once you’ve allocated spaces for your main collection, you can then dedicate a shelf or two to showcasing a few choice accessories, such as a favourite handbag, hat or pair of knock-out shoes.
Arranging your wardrobe in a way that works for you will make it easier for you to display and access your collection, and you may even discover some exciting new combinations!
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