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How to get your wardrobe organised – Part 3

Welcome to the third and final part of the “How to Organise your Wardrobe” series of posts. In the first part we looked at the ASSESS and DECLUTTER stages of the A.D.O.R.E process, in the second we looked at the ORGANISE stage, and now it’s time to tackle REAL LIFE and EVALUATING  – so let’s get started shall we!

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R REAL LIFE

STEP NINE – Live with it for a while!

Now you have sorted your clothes out, created space for them, and found the best way to store them so that they will be easy to find as and when required.

Next step is to live with the system, and to work with it as you go day to day.

Clothes are constantly needed, and so need to be constantly looked after to stay organised otherwise they will very quickly get messed up and cluttered again.

To try and stay on top of your clothes while living you life, create some new habits:-

  • Work on a one in one out policy for future purposes so that you don’t become overwhelmed ever again.
  • When you are shopping for new items, it’s always best to know what you need, and what it will go with – when you are at home spend a little time working out what items go with what, and what you need to complete an outfit – that way you are only ever getting more value out of what you already have, and not wasting time and money on buying items that you won’t wear because you don’t need it and/or you haven’t got anything to wear it with.
  • Rotate your clothes as the seasons change – add a date to your diary to change your clothes over, and maybe some shopping time too! Also think about rotating clothes if you have lots – so that you get to wear them all!
  • Treat your clothes with respect and look after them – an organised wardrobe means you will get more wear and value from every piece of clothing that you have – saving you time and money.
  • Take photos of you wearing the clothes, and add them to the wardrobe door on the inside – that way you can see at a glance what you look like in things, what goes together, and what you want to wear. This makes it even easier to put outfits together quickly, and easy to see what isn’t used.
  • Plan your outfit the night before – if you want to be really organised think ahead – if you know what clothes you need for the following day you can hang them out ready so that you don’t need to rush around in the morning ironing or having lost a vital accessory (although the more organised you become the less likely this is to happen!)

 

E EVALUATE

STEP TEN – Make any tweaks that are necessary

When it comes to evaluating the system you have put in place, you want to be able to tweak anything that doesn’t work for you very well.

Are you finding it hard to find items quickly still, can you hang them in a different order?, do you still feel that you have too many clothes? – there are many ways that you may need to evaluate, and getting into the habit of upkeep will make life so easy – especially if you have a life change that means a wardrobe change (new job, losing weight etc..)

  • If you are unsure what you do actually wear, get into the habit of having all coat hangers hooks facing the same way when they are put into the wardrobe, and then when an outfit has been worn, put the hanger back but turned around. This is a really quick way of seeing at a glance what you have actually worn, and what you thought you needed on the first sort through may actually not be realistic and you may be able to get rid of more than you thought!
  • On a yearly basis go through your wardrobe and ensure that you have all the staples for your look, and that they are in good condition – if not, replace them! Items that can be considered staples are things like a good pair of jeans, a white shirt, a little black dress, knee length boots, strappy shoes, trainers, a good gym kit etc…. whatever you need that works for your look. It is also worth considering getting items that are purely for that season, to give you a fresh look.

You will find that tweaking the system will eventually create the perfect method for you personally.

 

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Well done on getting this far! – I truly hope that you are feeling the benefits of an organised wardrobe now, and I hope that this process has made it more simple for you to get your wardrobe organised once and for all.

As an added extra, please CLICK HERE to be taken to a FREE PRINTABLE on the entire process that you are welcome to print out and use as a quick reference.

 

 

 

Do you have any wardrobe organising tips to share? Please leave a comment below as I’d love to hear what has helped you get your clothes under control!

 

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  • Ana

    Chris thank you for how to organise your wardrobe blog it’s easy to follow love it

    • Chrissy Halton

      Hi Ana – really pleased you found the posts useful! – Hope your wardrobe is all organised now x

  • Those are great tips! Spring is usually when I empty my wardrobe and do it all over again and clean it all!
    Have you heard of the ‘switcheroo’? You basically hang all the hangers looking the same way and once you have used it you turn it the other way round. The hangers that are still looking the same way as the beginning are the ones you haven’t used and therefore should think to throw away or give away.

    I have friends that do this every year, but it didn’t work for me.. I couldn’t have hangers that weren’t all looking the same way..!

    • Chrissy Halton

      Hi Alex – I have heard of this idea, but as with yourself I find it didn’t work well for me -but it is a great tip so thanks for sharing! x

  • Mandy

    this is the only website that actually lists an order to put your clothes on hangers in a wardrobe! thankyou! We had a walk-in wardrobe built 2 years ago giving me 3 rails to hang my clothes plus shelves. Unfortunately I just bought new clothes without making space for them, so now have loads of squashed clothes that I cant see! I am determined to go through it all but was at a loss to think of the best way to organise it all! You have given me some great help and now I just need a free day to go through it all. I need to try some clothes on to see if they still fit so think I will be very upset with myself if after all that I still ‘CAN’T FIND ANYTHING’ !! Mandy x

    • Chrissy Halton

      Hi Mandy – so pleased that this article has helped – good luck with your organising and I’d love to know how you get on! x

  • Glad to help Vicky – hope it goes/went well! I’d love to know how it went x

  • Anita

    I just feel so motivated today after reading this article as my wardrobe is in a right mess I don’t know where to start from. Thank you so much for the great ideas. God bless x

    • Anita – I am so pleased this has motivated you to tackle your wardrobe – I’d love to know how you get on! Good luck x


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