I’m going to be really transparent here… I saw this meme recently that hit me right in the chest.
But first I procrastinated (as you do) and looked at pictures on Pinterest of dressing rooms and walk-in-wardrobes bigger than my entire flat, imagining just how much easier my life would be if I had more wardrobe space. Then I came back to reality and remembered I live in London, where a separate room for your clothes is a luxury that most people, myself included, can’t afford. Whilst I now have a clutter free wardrobe that I’m satisfied with, I thought I’d share a few tips on how to handle your wardrobe when it runneth over.
Lay It All Out
The first step I’d say is to take absolutely everything out of the wardrobe and lay it out in an open space. Mine was the middle of my living room floor. This allows you to see exactly what you have in there and reminds you of the clothes you’d even forgotten you owned! You can then be brutal about the clothes you no longer wear/need and give them away to charity. My rule is, if I haven’t worn it in the last year, I probably don’t need it.
My clothes were hung up on chunky plastic and wire hangers I’d amassed over the years, which made my wardrobe look really cluttered and took up a lot of space. Side Note: Who remembers the days when shops used to give away the hangers with any clothes you bought? I decided to purchase these non-slip velvet hangers from Homesense. I got a pack of 25 for around £7 I believe, which was really great value. They are really slim so they allow you to fit more clothes in, but most of all they give a clean, uniform look to your wardrobe.
For those who don’t live around a Homesense, I’ve seen similar hangers in Matalan, TK Maxx and even Primark! Otherwise Amazon also have a wide range which you can find here.
Store Clothes According to Season
Even after my brutal break-up with about 30% of the clothes in my wardrobe, there still wasn’t enough space! I bought this amazing Habitat clothes storage bag (link here) to store any clothes I knew I wouldn’t wear within the next 3 months. The bag is extremely sturdy and was surprisingly large and roomy enough to hold almost all of my summer clothes. This allowed me to make more room in my wardrobe for my chunky winter jumpers. The bag can then be stored under your bed if you have space, in a different room in the house or at the top of your wardrobe like I did.
Organise Your Wardrobe by Type
This step is optional, but I found it really helps to keep track of what you have and also makes putting together outfits a lot easier. Keep all your jackets together, followed by blazers, jumpers then long sleeved tops, and so on and so forth. Then do the same with your bottoms, so trousers, jeans, skirts then dresses. You can also split it out by casual vs dressy clothes and colour coordinate them too if you’ve got the patience! It’ll make your wardrobe look like every item was placed there intentionally.