Tilly from Sparkling Cleaners Clapham is here! Beautiful Kris gave me the word, and now I have the chance to talk about never-ending wardrobe clutter. Haven’t you noticed that even after a serious de-cluttering and spring cleaning, the storage in your wardrobe is just never enough?
No matter how many closets you use, they never seem to fit the amount of clothes, shoes and accessories you have. Well, there must be something wrong either with the laws of physics, or with your skills to organize. We doubt it is the first one, so here are some clever organizers to keep your wardrobe tidy.
Wardrobes can easily get messy and chaotic, even when it comes to people who are totally obsessed with order – as if this is somehow an intrinsic characteristic of closets and wardrobes. However, it is us who create the mess and it is us who can transform it into a neat and easy-to-use space. The first step to a clean and tidy wardrobe is making sure you get rid of all the clutter – loved, but really old clothes, fancy shoes that don’t fit you (and never will!), and tons of handbags, scarves and belts that you haven’t worn in the past few years. All these need to go away. Donate them, sell them, or use them for cleaning purposes. And now, armed with a few rags and a nice cleaner, rub and scrub the entire wardrobe. Sparkling cleaners clapham advice not to miss the dark corners and top shelves – usually this is where dust and dirt build up the most. Use a solution of lukewarm water and a mild dish soap, if you are concerned about the wood, or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, if you are thinking about the environment. Either way, clean up carefully and thoroughly the whole wardrobe. Make no mistake, it stores some of your favourite and most precious personal belongings.
After the deep cleaning is complete and the wardrobe sat for a few hours to dry well, you can start thinking of ways for better organizing it. There are different organizing systems people tend to employ such as colour and seasonal coordination, or outfits for every day of the week. You can also buy ready-made closet systems that will give you extra storage – for extra cash. Other alternatives are portable wardrobes that look more like suitcases, and are, to be honest, as convenient. Having more pants hangers, however, may prove much more useful. Besides using them for pants, jeans and skirts, you can also use them in a separate compartment to hang boots, or if you have more vertical space – to hook hangers on each other. In fact, the different storage units and compartments are designed to serve a specific need. Drawers are for folded clothing and bedding, hangers are for suits and pants, while more spacious shelves are for big items such as winter pullovers and pillows.
A good way to organize your wardrobe is to keep the most-used items on lower levels, while least-used things are up high. Get rid of winter coats and boots – they should be in an entirely separate closet. One of the best and easy to make wardrobe organizers are shoe boxes. Decorate them with nice wrapping paper and use them for storing socks, T-shirts, belts, or underwear. You can also arrange them in a way to create shelves of different sizes and colours (again with wrapping paper). Place them on top of each other in a more spacious area – where you used to hang your coats, for instance. Now you will have several shelves for storing different items. Food and other plastic containers could be used the same way.
Drawers from your old writing desk are also extremely useful as organizers. Clean them up, paint or polish them, and then you can fix them to the wardrobe with a hammer and a few nails. You can store shirts, underwear, or bed linen in them. Of course, if you are good with the hammer, you can easily create a few shelves out of wood or plywood boards. But if you need an easier solution, we recommend you find a few hanging shoe holders. They can be used not only for shoes, but for a wide range of items – towels, yoga mats, socks, underwear, T-shirts, jewelry, belts, and so on. They will save you a lot of storage space, and if in the right colour and design, they can be the perfect organizers for a tidy and elegant wardrobe.
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Photos by Kris Mejia
Do you have any clever closet tidying tips? Say that 5 times fast!