How to Organise Your Wardrobe Cabinet (Pro Tips & Storage)
A well-organised closet is simply a game-changer that makes your morning routine a breeze, with all the pieces being more noticeable. Looking for the favourite sweater you've been missing for months? Revamping your wardrobe might be your best solution.
If you're one of the many people who seem to go through endless decluttering and then end up fixing things again after a few days, it's time to up your organisation game. While maintaining a well-arranged closet is an ongoing process, we want to make sure the preceding ones are easier and more fulfilling.
Here are some simple, doable, and affordable tips for organising your wardrobe cabinet.
Why is it Important to Organise Your Wardrobe?
Sure, it's easy to stock clothes and just randomly add new items or freshly washed linens over time. But organising your wardrobe isn't just about its aesthetic appeal; it's also about the ease of its usage. By properly organising your clothes, linens, and accessories, you become a step closer to a more functional space full of the things you love.
Declutter by Category
Try decluttering your wardrobe first before adding new hangers or storage boxes. Sort your clothes based on what you want to keep, toss, and donate. To make it more efficient, sub-categorise your pants, suits, shirts, jackets, etc., to easily choose what you want to keep in your closet.
But what should stay in your closet? Professional organisers highly suggest leaving only the clothes that make you feel amazing—those that flatter your taste and give you comfort. If you're in a dilemma, you can have a separate box of things you're rethinking or retaining. You can always share your pre-loved clothes by donating them.
Clean the Empty Closet
Aside from removing the clothes from your wardrobe, make sure to also remove the shoes, linens, and accessories. After emptying and decluttering your closet, wipe the dust off your shelves and check if every corner is cleaned. Take out hangers, old storage boxes, stray safety pins, and accessories. Make your space clean and ready for a fresher wardrobe arrangement.
Assess Your Ideal Storage Layout
Before you bring your clothes back to the cabinet, rethink your layout first. Do you prefer to organise by category? By colour, perhaps? One thing you don't want to do is bring the items back to where they used to be, or you'll end up with the same mess in a few days.
When creating your ideal storage layout, look at your wardrobe's storage assets. Do you have more vertical space or plenty of shelves? Does your wardrobe come with pull-out drawers? You also need to understand the possible restrictions of your wardrobe's build. If you have a sliding door wardrobe, you won't have much access to the corners of the storage compared to an open door wardrobe. In that case, you will need to keep less used or seasonal items in the corners and dedicate the centre space to your favourite clothes. When your shelves are too big for your needs, use baskets or boxes to stock smaller items.
Hang Anything Delicate
If short on hanging space, prioritise delicate clothes or those easily wrinkled, like suits and lingerie, important items like dresses and special wear, and thick pieces like jackets and coats. Make sure your hangers are facing the same direction so you can easily pull them out when needed. You can also sort by category. If you want your hanging clothes to look neat and uniform, you can arrange your items by colour or length. The latter will help you dedicate more space to storage boxes underneath. For increased visual appeal, streamline your closet with matching hangers.
Add Some Drawers
Some wardrobe cabinets have more hanger space than shelves. This is a challenge if you have more items to keep, but you can use this as an opportunity to personalise your storage. You may add tiered storage underneath the hanger space or boxes beneath underutilised areas. Before adding some storage, assess your space and understand your needs to ensure your extra storage will work and not obstruct you further.
Stack Thick Items on Your Shelves
Save your hanger space for more delicate clothes and keep your jeans, sweaters, and linens on your shelves. Aside from taking up a lot of space because of their bulky structure, these items are thick enough to retain their shape even when stacked. This means you don't need to worry about these items getting wrinkled or losing shape when using them straight from your wardrobe.
Arrange Smaller Items in Boxes and Organisers
This method is perfect for shared closets or if you just don't have enough space to fit everything. Undergarments, socks, shorts, camisoles, leggings, and some shirts are thin enough to be rolled and arranged inside storage boxes or wardrobe organisers. You can stack bulkier clothes on shelves and move smaller items inside your drawers using boxes or cabinet dividers.
Allow ample and secure storage for your accessories. Give other small items like handkerchiefs, eyeglasses, and belts some space to prevent losing or breaking them.
Provide Your Shoes a Home
Instead of leaving your shoes on the floor, place them inside dedicated storage boxes to keep their quality. Shoe boxes are efficient solutions to prevent your shoes from accumulating dust. If you're willing to splurge on your shoe storage, consider an actual shoe cabinet with a ventilation hole to keep your shoes fresh and well-kept. For a smaller shoe collection, try a shoe rack.
Utilise Fabric Bins and Storage
Want a unique storage system? Try fabric bins and keep your smaller items in groups for easier access. Not only are these stylish, but they also provide ample ventilation and dust protection for your clothes and accessories. If you want a safe environment for kids, you can add tiered fabric storage beside your main wardrobe to give your little ones their own storage area.
How to Maintain an Organised Wardrobe
The key to keeping your wardrobe organised is tackling organisation regularly. You may do a quick weekly refresh, a monthly reorganisation, or decluttering twice a year. This is a repeating process since we continuously take out and bring back clothes daily. Arranging your items may be a trial-and-error process for the first few times since you're assessing what works for your lifestyle, but once you find a strategy and the right storage pieces that work for you, maintaining a clean and neat wardrobe cabinet will be easier and more fun.
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