The Wardrobe Edition

The Wardrobe Edition

Over time the top of your wardrobe becomes a place to dump your items to get them out of sight or 'put them away'. If it has been a while since you last tidied up your wardrobe, there is no better time than now.

If you have been avoiding clearing your wardrobe because you feel like it is a massive task, take these steps one by one and you will achieve the results you want. Avoiding tasks because they are stressful does not do you any favours. Once you have followed all the steps, I have listed for you, you will wonder why you have not done this sooner.

It is completely normal for us to avoid things that will trigger stress. I see clients that want their wardrobes tidy, but they struggle to get started. I can assure you that once you start you will get on a roll and maybe you will even end up enjoying yourself. The result will leave you feeling like you have accomplished something great. Set aside time to do this. There will always be things to do at home, so do not worry if you do not get everything done, just start by making this a priority knowing it will look and make you feel amazing.

One | Empty

Take all your stuff out of your wardrobe... I mean everything!

Yay now you are fully committed.

Do not hold on to old clothes that you no longer fit into, make a donation pile. This will help you knowing that your clothes are going to someone in need rather than throwing them away. Remember to only donate good items of clothes. If they have holes or are not in good condition throw them away. Everything that you are keeping can be put to the side to be stored, labelled, and put away correctly.

Two | Storage

Invest in superior quality, smart storage items. I am a bit OCD when it comes to clothes hangers and like them to be all the same material (wood/plastic/metal). Buy a shoe rack to avoid keeping your shoes on the ground. I have added some useful wardrobe storage items you can buy from Ikea to help you with this. The point of clearing out your wardrobe is to not overload it when you are putting things back. Work with the space you have, if you are starting to cram things in or you are storing your clothes in other rooms in the house I would ask "do you really need everything or is it just clutter?"

Three | Label

I recommend using baskets for the top section of your wardrobe as it contains your items making it easier to maintain and finishes the look.

It is important to label the baskets otherwise you end up putting anything into them and over time it's easy for it to becomes a mess again. There's something about labelling each section of a space that goes a long way, after all the hard work you put it, you don't want to skip this step and end up back at square one in six in months time. There are companies that can make custom labels for your project.

Pretty Little Designs allows you to customise your labels by choosing a range of fonts to suit your style. I strongly suggest ordering labels as it creates a more polished look to your wardrobe and it's something you only have to purchase as a once of so you might as well do it right.

Four | Order

Only put the things you are keeping back into your wardrobe. Make sure the coat hangers and shirts are all facing the same way. I know this seems a bit over the top, but it makes it so much easier to find what you are looking for and looks more visually appealing.

Place all your items back by grouping them together. Organise seasonal items by grouping all coats and jumpers, keep work clothes together and organise shirts by long and short sleeve sorting by colour to make it easy for you to see what you want to wear next time.

Five | Rubbish Removal

Take all donations to your local op-shop during their operating hours or drop your items into a clothes bin. all rubbish can be collected through the council collection if you own your home. All you need to do is jump onto your local council website and call to book in a curb collection. The council usually has two free a year however they can arrange a pickup and it is a lot cheaper than hiring a rubbish removal or ordering a skip. The last council collection I ordered was about $60 but may vary for your area.

Six | Enjoy

Voilà you are done! I hope this blog has given you the inspiration you needed to get the ball rolling and organise your wardrobe. Enjoy the sense of accomplishment and crack open the wine.

Thanks for reading,

Ann Edwards

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Shop everything you need to start your new project with Ikea.

My top favourites recommendations are listed below.

SKUBB Box, set of 6, white $9

BUMERANG Hanger, natural $7/ 8 pack

MACKAPÄR Shoe rack, white78x32x40 cm



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