We all know the saying of “Clean space, clear mind” or something of that ilk. Well, this is especially true when it comes to your bedroom and you’ve got a large storage hub in the form of a wardrobe at your disposal. The trick to utilising your wardrobe isn’t too complex but often overlooked, leaving you with an messy, uncoordinated space that can have a damaging effect on your wellbeing. Think of this as more a gentle nudge, giving you wardrobe ideas that could transform your bedroom into a cosy, clean space in which you know where everything is and love being in.
1. Gut It Out
The first step when you’re looking to organise your wardrobe is to empty or at least see everything that is stored inside. Getting rid of items that you will no longer wear or use is a perfect way to start on your journey towards an organised. You can take these to a charity shop, clothing bank, sell online, or research alternative methods that work best for you. Having an empty wardrobe and all the pieces you wish to keep apart temporarily allows you to effectively organise in a way that suits you best.
2. Carefully Categorise
When organising your goods to go into your wardrobe, dividing it into categories such as workwear, casual wear, and formal wear will make life a whole lot easier when getting ready. To further your organisation, you can sort by season, colour, and item type depending on what works best for you. Not only will this cut your time getting ready but you will be able to see what you have too much of and what you need to pick up, preventing you from running out of particular items or holding on too long to goods.
3. What To Store in Your Drawer
If you have them in your wardrobe, you should make the most of the drawers, storing items that won’t get creased or that won’t matter if they do. This includes socks, underwear, hats, belts, and other accessories. Similar to your regular clothes, these should be organised by item or and colour to help you easily grab you want without wasting time. If you have the room for it, you can store out of season items, such as Christmas jumpers in here to save clogging up your rail with items you won’t wear.
4. Socks in the Box
The perfect solution if you’re struggling on where to put your out of season garments, storage boxes provide a sturdy and reliable place to put those items that aren’t going to be worn for months. Leaving them in your wardrobe is fairly pointless as it’ll take up room that could be used for new items or giving your current, in-season clothes more space. To ensure you know what’s inside each box, it’s a good idea to label them so you can easily and efficiently grab whatever you need.
5. Capsule Wardrobe
Following on from storage boxes, a capsule wardrobe is a minimalist approach to organising your clothing by selecting a limited number of items that can be easily combined to create multiple outfits. This encourages a sustainable lifestyle as you will be more likely to buy high-quality items and take care of them allowing them to last for a long time. Use a clothes rail to hang your capsule wardrobe on with a range of options such as size and colour available allowing you to choose one that suits you and your home best.
6. Hangers Headache
An excellent option for any wardrobe, space saving hangers help you maximise the hanging space you have in your wardrobe. Multi-layer hangers are another brilliant way of using your wardrobe space to the fullest as you can have trousers and shirts on the same hanger. It helps the overall appearance of your wardrobe to have all your hangers the same, creating a consistent, smart look. Choosing the right type of hanger for your wardrobe shouldn’t be too tricky, just ensure you pick ones that don’t take up too much room and keep your clothing in a good condition.
7. Helpful Hooks
Hooks are a terrific way of hanging coats, dressing gowns, bags and other items but have you ever though about implementing them in your wardrobe? Hooks can be easily installed and be placed inside of your wardrobe door with this simple addition not only saving space but is also useful for keeping your items easily accessible and visible, making it easier to choose what to wear. If you don’t like the idea of hooks inside your wardrobe, the back of your door or spare walls can be a good place to position them, however they will be on show.
8. Shoe Stress
Footwear can be a difficult item for storing in your wardrobe, but there are a couple of methods than can preserve your shoes and still make full use of your storage potential. One way this is achieved is through placing your footwear in clear, plastic shoe boxes. These can be stackable and being able to see what’s inside is massively helpful. Another way you can store your shoes is via a hanging shoe organiser that can be hung on the back of the door or railing. This is especially ideal for sliders, flip flops, and flats.
9. Collapsible Wardrobe
A collapsible wardrobe is a great solution for small spaces or for those who frequently move. Collapsible wardrobes can come in a variety of designs, from simple canvas wardrobes to more elaborate wooden models. They usually come with multiple shelves and hanging rods which can be easily removed or folded down when not in use. This feature makes it easy to move the wardrobe around or to take it with you when you travel. This kind of wardrobe also allows you to have flexibility in designing your room as it doesn't take much space and can be easily hidden when not in use.
10. Get Better at Folding
You might not think it’s all that important but the folding method you choose can determine how much you can fit into your wardrobe. One tip is to nest caps and bras inside each other and get a special hanger to store ties and belts up, preventing these items from loosely living and taking up room in your drawers. In terms of your clothes that require folding, whether that’s sweatshirts or out of season apparel, learning the best folding technique can free up a great deal of space, allowing room for more items. Figuring out the best techniques only requires a bit of research, with video tutorials likely being the most effective way of learning.
11. Where’s the Wardrobe?
Don’t have an actual wardrobe and don’t fancy one? Or perhaps your bored of your box to put clothes in and want a switch up. An excellent alternative to a wardrobe is installing a wall-mounted clothes rail and then a chest of drawers below or near this. This would be an excellent addition to a generously sized alcove, helping you make full use of that space. Alternatively, a regular clothes rail could work well and with vast options out there to suit your needs. You can get a two-tier rail, ones on wheels, shelving options, and much more.
Proper wardrobe organisation can provide you with a more functional and efficient area, saving time, space, and money whilst providing a sense of control and peace in daily life. Using techniques such as folding, grouping similar items together, and taking stock of what you have, you are able to keep your clothes in good condition and make it easier to find what you need. Proper wardrobe organization can also help you make better use of your storage space and save you time when getting dressed. Keeping your wardrobe organized can also have a positive impact on your mental health, by reducing stress and making you feel more in control of your living space. It's not always easy, but it's definitely worth investing time and effort into organizing your wardrobe.