Wednesday, 18 May 2011

How To Organise Your Wardrobe

Organising your wardrobe may not be something that you consider doing, but if you put in the time you will definitely notice the rewards.  Not only will this make your wardrobe tidier, you may find items that you forgot that you had, find a new way to wear an item, find items to sell on EBay or give away and you may find some inspiration for a new style that you might like to try out.

Here is how to get started on cleaning, tidying and organising your wardrobe:

1:   Pull all of your clothes and other items out of your wardrobe.  They can just be placed in a big pile at this stage.

2:   Organise your items into piles, being, tops, skirts, shorts, jeans, pants, dresses, coats etc.

3:   If you find items that you no longer feel that you want or wear again, put them to the side for now.  Don't commit to throwing them away just yet as you may find a new way to wear your items.  Having pulled your clothing pieces out of the wardrobe they will appear fresher and you may be inspired to pair the piece with an item that you wouldn't have thought of before.

4:   Items that must be hung back up are evening dresses, coats and crease prone pieces.  You can now place your evening dresses and coats to the side of your hanging space.  These items shouldn't be places in the centre as they don't need as much attention and you will be wearing each of those less often.

5:   Lay your jeans out flat on your bedroom floor.  This way you can get an idea of how they look in an outfit.  Proceed to go through your tops and place them over the top of various jeans and see how they look with each pair.  If you have belts that you would usually wear, get them out as well have have a play around with the jeans and your tops.  This is useful to get a better understanding of how the new outfits look.  This is also an opportunity to try the pieces that you thought you were going to throw away moment ago and give them one last try.

6:   You can do all of this mix and matching with other bottom pieces now.  I always advise to start with jeans as they are the most common piece of clothing that you will wear and you want to find as many new ways to wear them as possible.

7:   If you have found that there is still items that you will no longer wear, they can now be put aside for EBay, a friend or the op-shop.

8:   Now to place your items back into your wardrobe.  Place all of your grouped items together.  Jeans with jeans etc.  We also want to organise them by colour.  Being from light blue through to black.  Do this with all of your items.  I like to have Jeans, then skirts and shorts, dressed (not evening) then tops and then jumpers, followed by jackets.  Having your items grouped like this will make it much easier to find outfits and will give you a better understanding of what items you have in your wardrobe.  Having your items in colour order makes it easier to find a piece that is most likely going to match your outfit.

Putting in the time now will really help you in the future.

You can also include shoes while you are going through your wardrobe and piecing new outfits together.

If you have 'fashion' jewellery (accessories) use these as well.  This will help you match colours, styles, shapes and sized jewellery with your new found outfits.

If  you need any help with suggestions on what items you should and shouldn't piece together, leave a comment at the bottom.

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