Tips & Tricks for Organising Your Wardrobe

We sit down with Lauren Grace Harding to uncover the ultimate ways to achieve #wardrobegoals through a well organised wardrobe. There’s no better feeling than looking into cupboard and having all your pretty little things lined up neatly. We swear it creates a perfect canvas to creating a beautiful outfit as well! Block out a moment from your weekend to re-organise with these super easy wardrobe hacks.

17 June 2020

Have you ever looked inside your wardrobe and thought to yourself "I have nothing to wear"? I certainly have and I know I'm not the only one to have experienced this dreaded fashion dilemma! The good news is that there is a cure which involves only an hour or two of your time at home and a bit of organisation.

Now that spending more time than ever before at home and with a change of season fast approaching, it's the perfect opportunity to get your wardrobe organised. Not only will this neaten up your closet, it will also give you a clear idea on which pieces you need to invest in now and for upcoming season. So, let's put some music on, grab a cup of tea or coffee (or even a glass of champagne), and let's get ready to spark some joy back into our style with these tips and tricks on how to organise your wardrobe!

Take everything out of your wardrobeHow to Organise Your Wardrobe

The first step is to get everything out of your wardrobe, drawers and storage - and yes, I mean everything! This is especially important if you haven't organised your clothing in a while, and provides you with an opportunity to take a long and considered look at everything you own to see whether you truly still love each item. This is probably going to be the most time-consuming step, however, when it's done properly, it will create a solid foundation for your new wardrobe!

This is where you will need to create three separate piles:

1. Items to keep

2. Items you're not sure about

3. Items to donate, sell or giveaway to family and friends

For each item, take the time to try it on and really be honest with yourself on the following questions:

  • Do I truly love it?
  • Does it fit me properly?
  • Is it still in good condition?
  • Does the colour look great on me or does it make me feel dull or uninspired?
  • Is this still age-appropriate?
  • Does the item need repairing (e.g. a new zip, hems taken up or other alterations)

Another important question to ask is "when was the last time I wore this item?" If you haven't worn this in the last year or two, then seriously consider the reasons why and what are the chances you will actually wear it in the future? If you're only hanging onto it only for sentimental reasons, then remember it is taking up valuable real estate space in your closet!

Be ruthless with clothes which don't fit you properly anymore and don't keep items that are too big or small for your current size, unless you are willing to get them altered to fit your current size. Once you've gone through each item, you may have a few in the second "not sure" pile. This if your chance to then go back through each one with the aim of dividing these between the keep pile and the donate/sell/giveaway pile.

Divide your clothes into seasonsHow to Organise Your Wardrobe

Now you have identified the items you truly love and want to wear; the next step is to divide these between the Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer seasons. We're heading into winter here in Australia, so all my warmer weather clothes have been packed away in a suitcase. This keeps them safe and frees up space in my closet for items I want and need to wear now. It also makes deciding what I want to wear much easier, when I have less of a selection of clothes to sort through whilst creating an outfit!

Group your clothes by categoryHow to Organise Your Wardrobe

This is one of my favourite parts of organising my wardrobe, as it truly allows you to identify which items you may need to invest in and which pieces you definitely don't need any more of! Group your clothes into the following categories:
 
  • Coats, jackets & blazers
  • Dresses
  • Tops - blouses & shirts
  • Knitwear
  • Bottoms - skirts, pants & denim
  • Lounge wear and active wear
  • Accessories - scarves, gloves, hats, belts, handbags

The benefit of organising items by category is that this will make building your outfits simple and quicker; for example, you will be able to see all your coats or dresses in the one section.

 

Sort by coloursHow to Organise Your Wardrobe

Once you have divided your items by category, the fun part happens with sorting them out by colour! I tend to organize mine from dark to light shades and this is made easier because I tend to stick to a consistent colour palette with my clothing. For instance, with my tops, I would start the colour scheme with darker/bright colours such as black, navy and blues, then following on with lighter shades like pink and whites. Keeping the same colour sorting scheme for each category of clothes, will then allow you to see which colours you might want to stock up on for specific items.
 

Take care of your knitwearHow to Organise Your Wardrobe

When it comes to your knitwear, it's best not to store these in your wardrobe on coat-hangers as this will stretch the material. Coat-hangers can also create small tears in the fibres of delicate pieces like angora, wool and cashmere. The recommended way to store your knitwear is by folding them and placing on a shelf in your closet or packed safely away in a drawer, to help them maintain their shape. Remember to keep your delicate warm knitwear organised by colour, to help you locate those items more easily.

 

AccessoriesHow to Organise Your Wardrobe

Organising your accessories is the last step of the process and is more important than it may seem, because these goodies are like the icing on a cake in terms of outfits! They are undoubtedly some of the most important items in your wardrobe, which will help to take your style from alright to amazing. Sort your handbags, belts, hats, gloves and scarves into groups and find a special place in your wardrobe, shelves or drawers for each. Try to store handbags in their original dust-bags if possible, to protect the leather, while also being careful not to squash your hats so they maintain their original shape. 

Time to shop your new wardrobe!How to Organise Your Wardrobe

The benefits of following the above process is that it allows you to really know what's in your wardrobe, review where your style may have evolved and re-build your wardrobe with pieces which you genuinely love; ones which fit you and are easy to locate in a hurry. Your organised closet will help you to build outfits a whole lot easier. You will know exactly where to go to find that light coloured coat or cardigan you adore, which would match perfectly with a certain skirt or pair of pants. Finally, it enables you to see exactly which colours or types of clothing that you need to invest in for the current season and for the Review certainly have you covered!

I hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks on organising your wardrobe.

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How to Organise Your Wardrobe
How to Organise Your Wardrobe