Cut the clutter with a closet clear-out

Cut the clutter with these expert storage tips to help you get more from your wardrobe.

Get organised

If your mornings are spent frantically searching through shelves and ducking from cascading shoes, it’s time to take a step back and get organised.

An ordered wardrobe is an absolute game changer when it comes to maximising your outfits and minimising expenses,” says interior designer Liz Hayward. “Don’t fall into the trap of thinking, “I have nothing to wear and making a panicked purchase when all that’s needed is simple planning and storage solutions.”

1. Make a plan

Before you hit the shops, work out what you need to get out of your storage. “It may sound laborious, but cleaning out any unworn or old clothes will save you time and money,” says Liz. You don’t need to go full-on Marie Kondo, but be honest with yourself about why you want to keep specific things. “Once you have your final selection of pieces, count how many long coats, short coats, shoes, handbags, tops and pants you have. This will quickly set the wardrobe requirements you need and take out any guesswork.”

2. Smart solutions

Most wardrobes aren’t initially designed with a focus on functionality, so once you know exactly what you need to store, you can create useful solutions to suit your requirements based on the existing layout of your wardrobe. “If you have ample hanging space but no place for items that don’t hang, place a set of low drawers below the hanging rack,” says professional organiser Amy Revell. “This way, they’re hidden but usable.”

wardrobe solutions

3. Hang in there

Another common wardrobe failing is loads of full-height shelves. “Clothes just get lost and never stay folded on high shelves,” says Amy. “Instead, place open baskets on the shelves to contain your items”.

"Separate everything into different containers and just pull out when you need something.” Contain smaller items like socks and underwear inside drawer dividers, and utilise inside wardrobe doors for scarves, belts and ties. “Hanging hooks keep accessories organised and visible,” adds Amy.

4. Best foot forward

Are shoes overtaking your space? Put them into categories – everyday wear, weekend wear and special occasions – and store them accordingly. Store everyday shoes at the top of the shoe rack, less frequently worn shoes at the bottom and rarely worn shoes in boxes at the top of your wardrobe. Flats and sandals can be hung in an over-the-door organiser, leaving floor space for bulky items.

Tip: Use what space you have for hanging clothes, then add a hanging shelf organiser to store your shoes, bags and other accessories.

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