Now that we are all at home, it is the perfect time to do the things around the house you didn’t have the time for before. One of them being organizing your wardrobe. I’ve just switched out my seasonal items with my spring / summer wardrobe last weekend and thought this the perfect thing to do in the weekend. And that’s when the idea for this post & the wardrobe organizing tips came alive.
Why should you take the time to organize your closet? By following the wardrobe organizing tips mentioned in this post, you will decrease your stress levels because you can finally find everything easily. Two, you know what is in your wardrobe, what needs to be replaced & what you can donate when you leave the house. And also, once we can leave the house again, you will have an organized wardrobe where you can find all the items you have been dying to wear for the world to see.
Obviously everyone has their own wardrobe organizing tips to share and some may be a little on the nose. But these are the things that have made such a difference for me. There are a lot of things that give me stress nowadays but I know my wardrobe isn’t on that list. Let’s start organizing!
CLOTHING ORGANIZATION BASED ON WHAT YOU WEAR THE MOST
First step to organizing your wardrobe is to decide where to put what & how you will store it. If you filled out the curated wardrobe printable you know what items for which occasion(s) you are wearing the most. Maybe it’s your office wear or casual clothes — whatever it is, that is what you need to have in the most convenient place in your wardrobe. This way you can quickly get what you need to wear for the day.
If you have a stand alone clothing rack, you want to hang it at the front for example. Or if you have a big wardrobe, put the items at a height that you can easily get to.
In my wardrobe I have my tops — which I wear the most — in the middle of my small walk in closet and jeans folded under my tops next to my most worn bags. Since I have a very curated wardrobe anyway I wear all the items I have in my wardrobe. I do organize by items I wear the most out of my collection.
START ORGANIZING YOUR WARDROBE & CREATE YOUR OWN CURATED WARDROBE
Before you even start organizing your wardrobe, you need to know what your style is & what you need to prioritize in your wardrobe. To identify that, you can use my curated wardrobe printable. Click on the button below to open & save it for free!
There are no strings attached and you don’t need to fill out a form or give your email. Just happy to help people start curating their wardrobe.
WHAT TO HANG & FOLD
Now that you know what your priority pieces are, you can decide how to store them. Some items you can hang, others you can’t. For example, you should never hang knitwear. Some people might claim that you can but if you want to make your knitwear last, fold them.
If you have a lot of knitwear items like I do, you need a dedicated space to fold your knitwear. Do you have a lot of blazers? You need different hangers for coats and blazers to hold the fit of the jacket then you do for blouses or tops.
There are a couple of hangers that I prefer:
• METAL HANGERS: I use gold metal hangers in my closet to hang my tops, dresses & t-shirts. They’re all items that aren’t structured and can be hanged. Make sure you get sturdy metal hangers and not thin wired ones. By using metal hangers you can also hang a lot more pieces than when you use wooden hangers — organizing & creating more space at the same time. Another type of hanger you can use are velvet hangers. Velvet hangers do collect a lot more dust.
• WOOD HANGERS: For coats, blazers & anything else that is structured but can be hanged, I use wooden hangers from IKEA. If you want to keep everything in place, you can use ones with rubber ends that will secure your hanged items in place.
• WOODEN CLIPPED HANGERS: For skirts & shorts I use wooden clipped hangers, also from IKEA. You can use these for jeans or trousers as well.
• HANGING ORGANIZER: I have one hanging organizer in my wardrobe to organize my folded knits & sweaters. You can use these as well for jeans & trousers but I use a multi hanger for them or fold them on top of my dresser.
If you have a certain items that need a little more protection — a white blazer or something made from a delicate fabric — it’s handy to get a couple of clothing bags. I have a Balmain top from the H&M collection that is made of a thick silk that I keep in a clothing bag. Purely because I don’t want anything to happen to it. Because of it, it has secured the quality of the item.
THE WARDROBE ORGANIZING SYSTEM: ITEM – COLOR – LENGTH
One of my best wardrobe organizing tips is to organize your wardrobe first based on the type of item, then based on the color and lastly length. I know a lot of people organize their items just by color but honestly, that just creates more confusion. When you know where what item is hanging, you will find it a lot quicker. Even if you have a curated or capsule wardrobe with a limited amount of items, it’s still a good system to organize if you want to quickly find the items you need and see what you have or need in your wardrobe.
• ITEMS: This speaks for itself, hang the same type of items together. T-shirts with t-shirts, blouses with blouses, dresses with dresses, etc. I like to hang tops together and then organize per item. So I have cami tops first, then my t-shirts & finally my blouses.
• COLOR: If you have organized your wardrobe per item, the next step is to organize based on color. For me that is next logical step when I’m searching for something. I might want to wear one of my graphic tees, maybe the grey one from Anine Bing. I now know that I need to go to my t-shirt section in my mini walk in closet and go to the grey t-shirts. It helps that I only have three t-shirts — having only items you truly wear in your wardrobe is obviously the best way to keep it organized.
• LENGTH: Third layer of organizing is length. I have a lot of black items in my wardrobe — surprise, surprise — and some of the same type. I have multiple black t-shirts and dresses for example. To quickly find the specific item I’m looking for, I organize these by length.
ORGANIZING THE ACCESSORIES
I keep my accessories organized in a different manner than my clothing. Simply because I have more clothes than I do accessories.
The bags that I own are all stored in their original dust bags. The non-designer ones I try to keep in dust bags or I just keep them as they are. You can get dust or shoe bags to organize your bags in at a local home wear store or IKEA (I think they have them in stock as well).
My shoes are situated in a different closet. They’re the last item I will put on and I don’t want to walk around the house wearing them so I keep them by the door. I keep the shoes that I wear on the regular out and the rest in special shoe boxes. You can keep them in their original shoe boxes but I love the organized look of having the same sized shoe boxes.
PACKING UP THE SEASONAL CAPSULE WARDROBE
To keep your wardrobe organized, it is vital to only keep the items in there that you will wear. Anything seasonal can be put away and moved back into your wardrobe when you need it.
I personally switch out per two seasons — spring / summer & fall / winter — because I use all items per two seasons. Whatever I’m not wearing or need that season I will put into my two big clothing boxes I’ve gotten from IKEA. That way my seasonal items are not clogging up my curated wardrobe, I can find what I want to wear quicker that way & they are kept safe in the boxes.
If you don’t have space for extra boxes or you already have a storage system, you can also use vacuum bags. You can put the items in them, vacuum out the air & keep a lot more items in your storage space than you would by folding them.