TIt’s the imagination of opening your wardrobe and finding stylish rows of color-coded shirts, jackets and pants is pretty universal. In fact, in two separate fashion jobs, she was paid by a supervisor to organize her job.
The process usually begins with cleaning, as any kind of organization is helped by space. The following may be more complex.
This week we got some expert advice on what to hang, what to fold, and the best arrangement for storing things inside.
Vision is the key
A well-organized wardrobe should make getting dressed easier. According to Kirsty Farrugia, a professional organizer and owner of Art of Decluttering, being able to see each item individually helps when deciding what to wear.
She advises, “If you end up not being able to see everything, it can make you forget you have some pieces because you can’t see them.”
Elinor McInnes, creative director of lazy fashion label Joslin, recommends putting shelves in your closet so you can see what you’ve folded next to what you’ve folded and mentally assemble your clothes without having to pull anything. To increase visibility, she organizes everything by category, and then by color and tone.
Arrange how you dress
Make sure any high-revolving items you have are easily accessible (meaning you wear them at least once a week). The focus should be on “easy access to frequently worn items such as T-shirts, blouses, T-shirts and jackets,” says Harrolds general manager Marie Polakis.
Likewise, McInnes has a section for her favorite and often-worn “mix and match clothes”. She says make sure the piece is in the most accessible part of your wardrobe and advises, “If you regularly wear an outfit together, always keep it together.”
Finally, Polakis recommends “sorting the clothes you get ready in the morning.” So you can get to your underwear and underwear first, then T-shirts or T-shirts, pants or skirts, then jackets or jackets, then coats and accessories.
Of course, getting dressed is a personal thing. So when you wear an outfit from the shoe, the way you arrange your wardrobe can be different from someone who wears top-down clothes.
You have an erosion area
Another thing that can make getting dressed easier is having some hooks in your closet so that you have a place to hang worn clothes that don’t need to be washed right away. “It keeps dirt off the floor and reduces the amount of weekly washing” and can help with furnishing decisions, says McInnes.
She also recommends storing the pajamas and clothes you wear at home in a sink on a shelf in your closet. This means that they are “easy to access and store every night” without folding.
The most important thing to consider when deciding what to hang or what to fold is whether or not it will lose its shape when hanging. Because knitwear can be heavy and stretchy, John Roberts, managing director of Woolmark, says a general rule of thumb is “knits that are pleated and hung.”
According to Roberts, woven clothing such as work shirts, jackets, and suits designed specifically for work should be hung “in such a way that it is wrinkle-free.” Says Poulakis, “Slouchy pants and special evening wear are essential to cut down on ironing and dry cleaning time.”
Finally, be careful hanging long dresses if they are especially heavy, as the weight of the dress can compromise the shape of the shoulders. Instead, McInnes suggests using a thin hanger and folding the bottom of the dress over the second hanger to support the weight of the bottom of the dress.
“All knitted clothing should be folded flat or rolled up in a drawer with good mothball protection,” Polakis says. McInnes cautions that hanging knits can “permanently destroy the garment” by pulling on it over time.
Poulakis also says to prioritize larger items over delicate pieces. “For example, your favorite denim can be easily folded without affecting the structure of the item or harming its fabrication.” The same goes for leather pants and skirts.
Organize folded drawers
To get a better view of the items in your drawers, both McInnes and Farrugia recommend the folding method by Japanese author Marie Kondo. Says McInnes, “You fold things ‘standing up’ in your drawers/storage units… and save twice as much space.”
Farrugia describes it as “nude braids.” The principle is that each item is folded so that it can be stored vertically and not stacked, so when you open each drawer you can see what’s inside. There is a more detailed guide here.