I have two words for you today my friends…
I shall just give you a moment to absorb them.
*kicks back with a jaffa cake*
I know what you’re thinking now, you’re thinking ‘Hang on there a cotton pickin’ minute, wardrobe maintenance? What are we talking here? Am I going to need a dipstick?’
No, you do not. We’re going under the metaphorical bonnet, but there are no fluids involved, not at this stage in our relationship at least. I’m talking about organising your wardrobe to keep your clothes looking nice, save you time in the morning and generally make you feel like the kind of grown up who always knows where their shoes are. This is not only good for your clothes but makes you feel good about yourself too. Check out this article from Betta Living for more about why a good wardrobe mainentance routine is important.
First off though, before I share my wardrobe words of wisdom, I’m going to give you a peek into mine:
My wardrobe is a work in progress organisationally, so there is plenty to learn from it:
Time for a stock take
Each item is on its own hanger so I can see what it is, and things are nicely spaced out so they don’t get all crinkled. This is important, so if you find you just don’t have enough room then perhaps it’s time to visit the hospice shop with some bin bags. You can probably dump anything that:
- You haven’t worn in the last year
- You have only ever worn once
- Makes your children raise their eyebrows and refuse to leave the house with you
- You literally cannot squeeze your Kim Kardashian style bottom into
I have some hanging compartments for shoes and bags to maximise the space, which is a good start, and I use the floor and shelf space. If you’re not careful you can end up with a lot of wasted space in a wardrobe – try taking a picture and identifying the blank spaces. How could you fill these? Could you add some shelving or storage boxes?
Image – Pinterest
Get your pants in order
All of my underwear is mixed up in a random washing basket. This started about four years ago when I moved to a house where I had a bedroom in the attic and couldn’t get any big furniture up the stairs and I haven’t quite got round to doing anything about it. This is not a stylish storage solution.
Make a rainbow
None of my clothes are in a proper order; skirts and dresses of all colours are all mixed up with all of the things that are too small for me but I can’t bring myself to throw away. Far more sensible a way to organise things would be by garment type – tops together, bottoms together – or, more fun, by colour. You could even think about grouping items into ready made outfits to really save time and thought in the morning.
So there you have it, everything you need for a happy and healthy wardrobe. One final tip though, from Twitter, just in case all else fails…
@mummyblogger Close the door.
— Sarah Stimson (@GoooRooo) January 20, 2015
Do you have a super-organised wardrobe or is a more of a closet of shame? What top wardrobe maintenance tips can you share?