January – time to rethink, refresh and kick-start the year. With that in mind, here’s our step-by-step guide on how to organise your wardrobe like a pro.
We feel that ‘organisation’ is our middle name – so much so that we have a section dedicated to it on our home page, featuring everything from the best space-saving hangers to the breathable boxes you need to store your seasonal clothes. Read on for our top organisational tips.
You may think you don’t need a folding board in your life, but we guarantee it will instantly change the look of your wardrobe, and it makes folding a lot easier! Plus you will become addicted to how neat all your clothes look. If you don’t iron your clothes it’s also a great way to smooth out any creases from T-shirts.
For the super-organised among you we suggest taking a picture of your precious shoes, storing them in boxes in your wardrobe and then sticking the photos to the front of the boxes. It saves heaps of time when you are looking for a specific pair in a rush. It also makes putting them away more methodical as you don’t waste energy looking for the empty box. You can also do this for coats and dresses that aren’t on display.
For our tailored trousers we love men’s open hangers: they don’t damage fabric and are so easy to access. We would advise against clip-on or press-down ones, as they can leave marks (especially on leather and silk). Plus, these ones have a short ‘neck’ that takes up little space lengthwise, thus making the most of your trouser slot. Every centimetre counts!
We’ve learnt that a big no-go when it comes to stains on leather bags is at-home remedies like baby wipes, as they have damaging and oil-stripping chemicals. Consider sending bags to be professionally cleaned and always store them in their original dust bags where possible.
The smalls drawer is usually where people’s organisation falls apart, but actually it’s the easiest place to keep tidy. Find drawer separators or shallow boxes anywhere from Ikea to Muji, and divide your bras, pants, socks and tights. It makes it easier to find the right thing when you need it. If your drawer is wide enough, consider separating colours too. We like to add natural lavender pouches to ours as they are a great moth-deterrent and smell amazing too.
Part of having a well-curated wardrobe is putting some of it on display. It gives us great joy to see pieces we might not necessarily reach for every day but that we enjoy looking at none the less.
We’re a huge fan of Stackers trays, as it’s so easy to forget which jewellery you have and seeing them all in one go means you will make the most of wearing different pieces. The trays come in varying sizes and have different compartments so everything has its place. They also stack on top of one another so you can fit quite a lot in a small space.
This tip came from Racil Chalhoub and we thought it was pure genius. She organises her tights by thickness, so when she’s looking for a specific pair she at least knows which side to start from. She also keeps the original packaging so they stay as separated as possible.
I keep all my jumpers neatly folded on shelves at eye level as it makes for the most convenient dressing. We’ve learnt never to hang or tumble-dry our cashmere pieces. When it comes to hand-washing, we advise turning your cashmere inside out, using tepid water (never hot) and swishing your piece gently with your hands and a good cashmere wash. Lay your knit flat to dry and steam it to remove wrinkles. We have found the Rolls-Royce of travel streamers at Fridja – it heats up super-quickly and never leaks.
Beach baskets are often neglected and end up being used as storage for the best part of the year, but carving a space for them in your wardrobe is key, especially as raffia is quite delicate. Being bulky items, you can always store them nested inside one another, which will also help in keeping their shape.
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