Sometimes, just getting your wardrobe and clothes decluttered isn’t enough to feel that organised. Once you get into it, you want to feel as organised as you can , and thats where some carefully chosen products can really help.
I only advocate purchasing organising products when they will actually help and not hinder your organising and decluttering efforts – and definately only when you know what you need to store and how you need it to work best for you. You only want to buy things that genuinely help with you staying more organised, so choose carefully!
I often get asked what products are out there that can really help, so here are my favourite wardrobe and clothing organising products, that I really do find help keep things to hand.
Let me know how you get on, and if you have an item that you can’t live without and it isn’t listed here I would love to hear from you and I may just add it!
1. The right hanger
This may sound like a very inconspicuous and un-life changing place to start, but believe me when I say that if you get this right, you will LOVE your wardrobe, and choosing clotheseach day will be a pleasure!
I have reviewed my favourite hanger in detail in another post – CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.
What wouldn’t I get?….
I don’t like hanging shelves such as those shown here very much – a personal choice, but they seem to bend too easily and not take weight very well. They also take up valuable hanging space, when you could easily store things your would put on these shelves in a chest of drawers, or a set of wicker lidded boxes if space is tight.
2. What about below the hanging space?
There is a lot of dead space below the hanging space, and if you organise your hanging there can be even more. Think about it, if you have all your shorter items of clothing on one side of the wardrobe then you get a LOT of extra space below this – crying out to be utilised in some way (shoes, accessories, fitness clothes etc…).
Boxes, baskets and shoe storage products can really help to make the most of this space. I like lidded items so that they can be stacked (and you can put the most used items in the top one of course!) – you may want to label the front of any baskets or boxes so you can see at a glance whats there as well. The interlocking shoe storage shown below is fantastic as you can make it fit the shape of your wardrobe, and you can put anything in them really – doesn’t have to be shoes! – think outside the box!:-
3. Storage for the top of the wardrobe
Making the most of all available space is key. If you have space above your wardrobe then don’t leave it as a dumping ground for bulky items like suitcases and plastic bags filled with “stuff” (we’ve all been there!). Do you really want to be looking at this every day?
Instead, think about decluttering and making room for some boxes that are great to look at, and that serve a purpose – STORAGE! Here are a few of my favourites – much nicer on the eye!
I usually look for something that isn’t see through, that goes with the room scheme, that has an easy to pull handle so its safe to get down from height, is sturdy, but that doesn’t weigh too much in itself (as it will be filled with things and you don’t want to make it difficult to get down!)
4. Complete Wardrobe Systems
There is no reason why you shouldn’t start from scratch with your wardrobe either, especially if you have decluttered and still don’t have space for your clothes.
New systems can maximise the space and personalise for your needs, so may be a cost worth considering.
Some of my favourites are linked to here -
- ELFA Range of Fitted Storage Systems – now I could go on about these all day – they fit to the wall on just two screws so are easy to take with you if you move, you can have great fun customising them to your own requirements, you could have them open for very funky storage (wallpaper behind looks amazing!), or have doors on the front to keep to a more standard look. The scope is endless! Take a look at the website for inspiration, and if you need a system for your own home, please do not hesitate to contact me as I have direct links to the UK distributor and can help spec a system perfect for you!
- IKEA Wardrobe Systems – These are great, and great value too. You can again add in loads of specific storage for your needs.
- Other companies that could be looked at are Sliderobes (see below), Hammonds, Sharps, and of course your local tradesman who could build you your requirements from scratch!
5. Clothes Storage for Inside Drawers
It makes life SO much easier in the morning to be able to find the exact underwear we need when its all visible, and when everything has its place!
I tend to use these for socks, underwear, tights etc… – such an easy solution!
6. Shoe Storage Ideas
I have chosen both a hidden away storage solution, and one that can be out and still keep things tidy – it purely depends on how much space you have and the style of your home.
Having an expandable rack inside a hall cupboard works brilliantly well as you don’t need to waste loads of time finding one that fits! and you maximise the available space while you are at it!. They also keep your shoes in view so you can easily find what you need.
The other, more expensive option is to have a beautiful cupboard on show. It is very narrow and therefore can even be put at the bottom of stairs if space is tight (think of the space of a radiator cover and you’ll be about right!), it also gives you a little shelf to put things, and houses a decent amount of shoes very easily (although boots wouldn’t fit…)
Other great options would be clear shoe boxes that can be stacked so you can still see exactly whats in them (or you could have non clear boxes and take a photo of the shoes to attach to the outside to get the same effect)
7. Storing Accessories
Accessories are always a difficult thing to store.
We have so many different types (scarves, jewellery, belts, hair accessories, gloves, hats etc…), and being able to see and access them all when required is paramount to them being utilised!
I have got some ideas here which may help.
Its hidden away out of sight, but creates perfect storage for all those little items we all have.
Its also a great accessory for a childrens room, and comes in some great colours that can match any scheme.
Take a look at some of the options by clicking on the picture. Pick one with different shaped compartments if you have items of differing size requirements.
Tie holders, my husband will agree, are a key part of any mans wardrobe. They keep much better, are easier to access, and make all the ties visible quickly and easily.
You could also use the in drawer storage already looked at for ties as well as underwear – depending on what you prefer.
8. Hidden and Deeper Clothes Storage
You also need to look at how to store clothes that you don’t need to access every day.
Keeping stored clothes well will ensure that when they are required they will be perfect! – no moths, damp, mouse nibbled etc…. – who wants that to deal with?
Vacuum sealed bags are great as they make the clothes storage required to be much smaller, and taking the air out also keeps the clothes better and fresher.
If you have any questions or comments please reply below and we’ll get back to you always. As ever, we love to hear from you!.