A recent study found that the average British woman has £300 worth of clothing sitting in their wardrobe that they haven’t worn. Only a couple of years ago, it was revealed that the UK as a whole has a staggering £30 billion of unused clothing in its wardrobes.
Every home will have its own version of a wardrobe; different types, different sizes, different shapes. If you’re constantly finding yourself having to cram clothes into any available space you can, it may be time to re-evaluate, de-clutter and re-arrange.
If you have a wardrobe that is bulging with clothes. Like, you literally cannot put another thing inside it, then you have to purge. It’s going to hurt. It’s going to test you. But it’s absolutely necessary if you want a sharp, clean and attractive wardrobe going forward. It can be done. Some people have gotten rid of up to 80% of their wardrobe and lived to tell the tale!
wardrobe is 10% clothes i wear, 90% clothes i don't wear but don't want to get rid of— mara milne (@maramilne_) 23 June 2012
There are three questions you should be asking yourself:
WHAT HAVE I WORN IN THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS?
If you’ve worn something a few times over the past year, then it’s safe to stay. Anything else is likely not to be worn in the upcoming future. So get rid.
Logically, if something no longer fits, it no longer belongs in your wardrobe. Make your clothes work for you by selling them on eBay or simply donate to charity.
IF I SAW THIS ON THE RACK, WOULD I BUY IT?
Hindsight is a very powerful tool. If there’s something that still catches your eye and you genuinely believe it can be worn again, then keep it. If you don’t have that feeling, chances are it’s not worth keeping.
Of course, people have very different ideas on what is essential and what can go.
Hoodies are the hardest part of your wardrobe to get rid of and I have like 50 so ya 😅— peighton (@peightyyy) 23 June 2014
Cleaning my wardrobe out and I don't quite want to get rid of my heels yet :( pic.twitter.com/oRhso4ntm0— Lauren Beech (@BeechJL) 22 June 2014
A female’s wardrobe is statistically going to be a larger one compared to a male’s. Their organisation will be a little different due to the sheer range of clothing and accessories that girls tend to accumulate. Now that you (hopefully) have curated your wardrobe, you’re left with a great selection of choices.
GROUP BY TYPE
Common sense but you’ll find that your wardrobe will look so much better by grouping similar clothing together in their own sections; dresses, skirts, tops, jeans etc. Having clothing arranged according to what you use the most will be better in the long run. Also, arranging by ‘sub-categories’ will enhance the appearance of your wardrobe; from light to dark, from long sleeve to short etc.
I really really need to sort my bedroom out and my wardrobe and draws everything's just stuffed everywhere
— Hollie (@__holliejo) June 17, 2014
MAXIMISE THE SPACE
Using what limited space you have means a little judicious tinkering with your clothing. Whilst most people pair their shoes together heel-to-heel, try swapping around to increase storage space like so:
Sandals are popular footwear right now. They are also quite easy to store. Simply slot them inside each other and you’ve got a bit more space there as well.
Just had a thought: if I'm Pinterest searching for 'handbag storage' ideas, I might possibly have too many handbags #nevertoomany— Michelle (@insaneheadspace) 23 June 2014
Speaking of bags. These are very space consuming. However, by buying a closet organiser, you can arrange your many bags in a way that is visually appealing, whilst still being practical. If you do have the space, try installing vacuum pack organisers to store your handbags and purses.
When it comes to t-shirts and tops, try rolling them instead of stacking them. This lets you fit more tops and t-shirts into drawers, leaving space for other accessories elsewhere.
"@_JMurdocco: I feel like going shopping and buying a whole new wardrobe..... Hmm".........said no male ever! Lol
— Dillon Shammo (@dshamm1618) June 21, 2014
Certainly this isn’t true today. The male wardrobe is something many men are particularly proud of. Keeping it organised can be done with a little perseverance and elbow grease…
MOVE THE SUITS
Odds are that almost every man has at least one suit in their wardrobe. These take up a lot of space and considering they are not worn as often as other clothes, it’s recommended to relocate them, perhaps to a spare room.
COMPRESS THE SPACE
It may hurt to do it, but keeping garments such as t-shirts, jumpers and other tops in neat, ironed condition will allow your wardrobe to look appealing and give you more space. An ironed top will be flatter than one which is crumpled. Air folding your tops correctly will also give you the maximum amount of space.
KEEP ACCESSORIES SEPARATE
Whilst men might not have as many accessories as women, they still have various items that need to be considered. For example, take ties. Many men will favour various different ties in a variety of shapes and sizes. Keeping these on their own rack will prevent them from being crushed and misshaped inside a packed wardrobe. The same for gloves and scarfs. These can be rolled up tightly and packed away in separate boxes to prevent damage.
As mentioned in the women’s section, arrangement is key. By keeping everything arranged in specific colours, styles and types, the clothing in your wardrobe can look more appealing, be reached quickly and easily, and give you more space for future items. Matching coat hangers are also recommended for a smooth, crisp aesthetic.
We can't even organise a wardrobe
— Matt (@Mattii_McD) June 22, 2014
Remember, it can be done if you put your mind to it and get a little OCD about how you present your clothing!
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