Spring is finally here! Synonymous with good weather and rebirth, spring invites us to put away the jackets and sweaters. It’s time for light, bright garments—now’s your chance to revisit the layout of your wardrobe or walk-in closet. Even if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like spring (because of all the pollen and allergies it brings),this is still an ideal time to review your storage space from top to bottom.
Here are 10 simple steps to tidy up your wardrobe…
1) Empty the wardrobe: toss all the clothes on the bed…
This first step consists of completely gutting the wardrobe and putting all of your clothes on the bed. This is a time-consuming task but it will save you time later on. It’s a good idea to sort your belongings into two groups:
- Warm clothes that you won’t need during the summer (coats, puffer jackets, jackets, wool sweaters, polo necks, fleeces, etc).
- In the second group, put clothes that you can use all year round:.jeans, cardigans, leggings, shirts, t-shirts, etc.
2) Clean and arrange your storage space
With your wardrobe empty, now is the ideal time to spring clean. Let it air for at least 10 minutes, then dust with a cloth. Depending on what your wardrobe is made of, use an appropriate cleaning product: if it’s made of melamine, use a cloth soaked in soapy water. Then dry everything with a clean towel and you’re done.
Take the opportunity to check that the shelves and /or rails are secure. If you like DIY, you can also take some time to update the overall layout of your dressing room/ walk-in wardrobe/ closet (start with the DIY then move on to the cleaning).
3) Put some clothes aside
Now that you’ve got all of your clothes in front of you, it’s a good opportunity to check the state of each garment. It’s normal to find clothes with missing buttons, frayed hemlines, holes in the pockets, fabric that has shrunk or stretched… It’s time to make:
- a third pile of clothes with all the things that need to be repaired.
- a fourth pile with the clothes that you won’t wear again but can give away
- a fifth pile with relics that will go directly in the bin or that can be used as a rag (yes, old t-shirts that have lost their shape and original colour make excellent dust cloths!)
Give some items to local charities or NGOs—anything that can still be used but that you haven’t worn for over a year.
4) Hang up the clothes that can be worn all year round…
We’ve spoken before about timeless clothes. Once you have identified all of these items—whether you’ve submitted them to the Marie Kondo test to see if you’ll keep them, or not—you will have a slightly smaller pile than you had to start with.
Before moving on to the summer clothes, put these clothes away into your wardrobe: clothes that are used in both summer and winter should be grouped on one or two shelves.
5) Get the summer clothes out
It’s time to unzip the suitcase that contains all of your summer clothes and sort these by category: shirts, t-shirts, shorts, swimsuits, light evening wear, sportswear, workwear, etc.
To optimise storage, hang up or put away your clothes according to type. For purists, you can also arrange them in colour order… The idea is to bring logic to your wardrobe, making it easier to find things and saving time.
Storage tip: a 4 in 1 hanger lets you hang items together and save space. For example: keep a jacket, trousers, shirt and tie together.
6) Save space thanks to vacuum packing
With vacuum storage covers, it is now possible to save up to 75% extra space in your wardrobe or storage areas. Vacuum bags can accommodate all of your winter items: heavy duvets, coats, sweaters, etc. Using their built-in non-return valve and your vacuum cleaner, you can suction out all of the air trapped in the fabric. The covers become completely airtight, protecting your belongings from damp, bad smells and dust….perfect for storing clothes until next season.
You can also store ski suits, gloves, hats and scarves.
7) Tidy away your shoes
To protect and tidy away your winter footwear, we recommend using a storage case and shoe trees for your most delicate pairs.
As for summer shoes and trainers, why not use a shoe rack?
Read our article on footwear storage solutions.
8) Use covers to store delicate textiles
If you have evening dresses or suits that you’d like to protect and keep separate from the rest of your wardrobe, go for zipped clothes covers: these protect the garment from dust.
9) Scent your wardrobe
Wardrobes often smell bad due to damp. In such cases, you will need to ventilate it from time to time. The benefit of vacuum storage covers is that they prevent moisture from penetrating the fabric (which leads to bad smells and deteriorates the item of clothing).
If you want to protect your belongings from moths, we recommend cedarwood, a natural remedy to scent and protect your linens. These magic wooden blocks are designed to be hung with a hook, just like clothes hangers.
10) Fold your clothes to save space
The ‘KonMari’ method can help your to pack in much more to your wardrobe. Whatever the type of clothing, this storage method—popularised by Marie Kondo—is suitable for all textiles, even sheets and tablecloths! It involves simply rolling the items up on themselves. Traditional clothes storage consists of folding into ‘squares’. Here, you roll things up (much simpler!).
The advantage of vertical storage is that you don’t have to lift up the whole pile to see what’s underneath…giving you direct access to the garment of your choice.