Porfessional Oganiser Brook Townsends says “I love going to my wardrobe to see all my pretties hanging, folded, and organised, ready to take on the day.”
All my tops are hanging in colours with subcategories of long sleeve, short sleeve, and jumpers. My pants, jackets, and dresses are all colour coded and are either hung or folded. Shoes, scarves, underwear, bras, and socks are all lined up neatly folded waiting to be worn. So, when I need to find an outfit or a particular piece, I know exactly where to look.
When organising your wardrobe, think about the lifestyle you lead and the clothing you need to get through the day, week, or month. Does your wardrobe contents currently support that?
We all have different fashion needs as we go through different stages in our lives. I have gone through many phases and clothing styles in my time.
Once you have decluttered and organised your wardrobe, you will know if you have any gaps and if you actually need to go shopping to fix the gap. Otherwise you might be buying a top that already has five near identical sisters waiting patiently for your attention somewhere in the jumble of fibres that is your wardrobe, possibly with their tags still attached.
I once had a client who owned eight near identical cream lace tops. We donated five and kept the other three.
SAVE MONEY, SAVE TIME
By organising your wardrobe, you will find that the missing piece you have been searching for is likely tucked away in the back of your wardrobe or on your floor. Then all that time and money you were spending shopping for the perfect outfit could have been avoided.
The money you will save on buying clothes can go towards your mortgage, paying off that credit card, that dream overseas holiday or in your hot little hand. Plus the time you will save is yours to do what you please. Remember when decluttering your wardrobe, the money and time is already spent.
Own that mistake, dust yourself off and move on. Declutter the item and keep only the pieces that bring you true joy.
SORT YOUR WARDROBE
Do you spend way too much time moving items around, to find the one you’re looking for?
Could you use some dividers or baskets to help section off particular parts of your clothing?
Are your socks always going haywire in your drawer?
Drawer dividers are one of my favourite organising hacks. Once in place they are a gamechanger. Trust me. Also having identical good quality coat hangers is aesthetically pleasing and practical. Slimline felt hangers enable your clothes to stay on the hanger, help keep the shape of the garment and take up much less space.
Do a little experiment on yourself. Spend the day in your favourite outfit. Whether it be an over-the-top number that you wore out to the opera or something less formal, wear in around the house. If you’re lucky enough not to be in lockdown, wear it wherever you go. Take note of how you are feeling throughout the day and what you get up to.
The next day wear your least favourite outfit. Note how productive you are and how your mood and wellbeing is. There will be a stark comparison. Trust me, you will notice how much some clothing is holding you back and how other clothing is giving you an extra edge to tackle the day.
Finally, you will realise what clothing you want to surround yourself with.
IF YOU LOVE IT, KEEP IT
No-one wants to see a miserable you. The beautiful, bubbly, and bright person we all know hidden inside behind the bulging wardrobe just needs a bit of love, time, and TLC.
Love what you have. Declutter what you don’t. Respect each piece and take care of it accordingly. Only make space for a new item if you truly need it.
There is no magical number of items that you must have to have a decluttered, organised, and rocking outfit-ready wardrobe we all aspire to have.
It all depends on your space, your budget and how minimal you want to go. As a professional organiser, we are experts at deciphering your body language towards your pieces of clothing and everything in between.
Creating your dream wardrobe really is possible with what you already have.
One of the brilliant things about decluttering and organising your wardrobe is that once you have invested the time and effort, you will have created a wardrobe you love. Plus you will have more time to do what you really want, whatever that may be.