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Organising Your Wardrobe for Winter

08/11/12

It’s that time of year again when all your summer clothes are out and the winter ones are back in. This changeover provides the perfect opportunity to reorganise your wardrobe and ensure you aren’t holding on to any old clothes or other clutter that you don’t need. It’s important to keep your wardrobe interior neat and tidy to make life easier when you go to get something out of it.

Stage One

The first thing to do is to just take everything out of your wardrobe and place it in a designated area. If you’ve got a large bed this can be a great place to start organising your items and you might want to hang some of your clothes on a collapsible rack so you can see exactly what you’re dealing with.

Stage Two

Start to organise items into categories. Depending on how you want to organise your wardrobe you can start to put things into piles or plastic boxes and use labels to stay on top of what is what. You could keep a pile of things to throw away and a pile of things to donate as you are sure to have some things that you no longer need or want.

Stage Three

Remove anything that doesn’t belong in the wardrobe. It’s all too common for wardrobes to get filled with clutter from areas of the home that simply doesn’t belong there. If it’s been sat in there collecting dust for months, chances are you don’t need it anymore. Consider donating items to charity or relocate them elsewhere in your home if you want to keep hold of them. If you organise other storage areas in your home as well as you are your wardrobe there will be plenty of space.

Stage Four

Possibly the hardest but most important stage of the clear out is to get rid of anything that you don’t need. How many shirts or pairs of trousers do you have that you haven’t worn in years? Or pairs of socks that you pick up, decide or too scruffy and throw back in? There’s really no point hanging on to these things. Be brutally honest with yourself and get rid of anything you’re never likely to wear.

Step Five

Finally, you need to put everything back. You could sort your hanging items by type or even colour to make them easier to find. Use plastic boxes to keep loose items like socks and underwear organised and consider investing in purpose made racks for things like shoes and ties.

If you have seasonal clothes that you want to keep in your wardrobe but not for easy access then you could use vacuum bags to condense them down into a smaller space for hanging or top shelf storage. You’ll find that if you organise your own wardrobe interiors often enough, the job will become easier and easier. What are you waiting for?