It’s said that our clothes speak volumes, that they define us and convey our moods. There are ‘casual’ clothes for everyday wear, sports clothes (specific to each type of sport, from yoga tops to vests for jogging), winter clothes, evening wear, suits and outfits for work, DIY clothes, beachwear….in short, almost as many different types as there are people to wear them. And then there are the ‘sentimental’ clothes, which hold special meaning for you…in fact when it comes down to it, you only use 30% of your clothes on a regular basis. Some people may even use as little as 10% or even 5% of their wardrobe.
With such a variety of clothes, how can you get your wardrobe and storage space tidy? Here are 4 tricks to help you tidy up your belongings:
Trick 1: classify your clothes
Rank your belongings according to how often they are used. Put everything on the bed and ask yourself this: which garments spend weeks or even months without seeing the light of day?
This first stage consists of decluttering the most frequently used storage areas of items that haven’t been used this week, nor the last. Imagine how annoying it would be to have a piece of furniture in the middle of the hallway, one that you have to dodge every time you want to get past. It’s the same with your unused clothes—such garments ‘blight’ the available space and waste your time…
Photo: rigid vacuum storage case
All out-of-season items or those only used on special occasions should be stored at the top of the wardrobe, under the bed, or in the basement/ loft. To protect them and improve storage, why not use a vacuum storage cover ? By suctioning out air trapped in the fabric, this type of cover saves you up to 75% extra space.
Trick 2: make the most of the available space
Once you’ve sorted through everything, you can start to optimise your storage space. There are multiple configurations possible for a wardrobe: crates, drawers, shelves, hangers, shoe racks….However you choose to organise your wardrobe, there are many modular solutions available to upgrade your storage capacity and efficiency.
If you have a small wardrobe, then try 4 in 1 hangers. If your clothes don’t fit in the drawers, use drawer organisers. If the piles of clothes on the shelves look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, get yourself some storage boxes….you’ll find a variety of storage accessories on the site compactor.uk.
Trick 3: tidy up your drawers!
The paradox of drawers is that they’re often messy, even though they’re supposed to help you to maintain order. They tend to be used as a dumping ground for mismatched socks, tangled underwear, and a whole host of objects or accessories that you’ve been trying in vain to tidy up…the problem with drawers is that they don’t have compartments.
Photo: Compactor drawer divider
There are many solutions: storage boxes or baskets, rigid dividers, modular organisers, and so on. No matter which you choose, you’ll suddenly find it much easier to keep things tidy as opposed to the mess everywhere…
Trick 4: get yourself a shoe rack!
Due to their shape, it’s not really possible to stack shoes on top of each other to a fabulous storage tower… that’s why—depending on the space you have available—we recommend you get yourself a shoe rack.
See our article on the subject: What shoe storage solutions can I use?
Photo: shoe storage cover
From canvas hanging shoe shelves to modular furniture, there are plenty of storage solutions to choose from. Just pick the one that fits your wardrobe the best.