5 top tips for wardrobe organisation

Arrange your clothes in categories: long-sleeved shirts, dresses, jackets and so on. Keep your shoes in pairs by placing ...
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Arrange your clothes in categories: long-sleeved shirts, dresses, jackets and so on. Keep your shoes in pairs by placing them in open boxes.

A well organised closet is immensely satisfying, but difficult to maintain. The answer is to establish good systems and commit to a few regular sessions of tidying and sorting.   

Here are five tips to get you started: 

1. DE-CLUTTER AND REVIEW: 

Professional organiser Natalie Jane from Be Organised says the first step to a properly organised closet is to de-clutter and review your clothing. 

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"Be honest with yourself. If you haven't worn something in a year or more, it's highly likely you won't wear it again." Jane says we wear 20 per cent of our wardrobe 80 per cent of the time. 

Closet trick: Turn all your coat hangers in the same direction. When you wear something turn the hanger the other way. After a couple of months you'll see what you wear and what you don't. 

2. KEEP IT ALL VISIBLE:

Jane suggests reorganising your clothing so everything is visible at a glance and easy to get to. If you can't see it, you're unlikely to wear it. 

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Make sure the clothes you wear often are in the most accessible space. Arrange these in categories and by sleeve length. 

Closet trick: Use the back of doors to store extra items like belts and scarves. 

3. STORAGE IS KEY:

"If you're short on space, or have a small wardrobe, store your off-season clothes on the highest shelves," says Jane. They can also be stored in boxes, or in a different room altogether. 

This will leave enough space in your closet for all your current season clothes. At the end of each season, swap them over. 

Closet trick: Maximise storage by having a mix of hanging space and open shelving up high. 

4. ONE IN, ONE OUT RULE:

Once you have organised your closet, you will know exactly what you have and what you need. The "one-in one-out" rule will help to keep your wardrobe balanced; every time you put something new in, another item has to go says Jane. 

5. PLAN IN ADVANCE:

"If you want a smooth morning routine, organise your clothes in advance. Prepare your outfits for the week and separate them using wardrobe dividers," she says. 

 - Stuff

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