I love the term “shop your wardrobe”. The idea of taking what you have and mixing it up in new and creative ways. Whether you are inspired by a magazine, a pin, an Instagram pic or someone’s awesome street style, it’s refreshing to find a new outfit and not spend a cent.
So if your wardrobe was a shop, what kind of shop would it be? A well-designed, easy to navigate boutique? Or a trash and treasure sale? I must admit my wardrobe goes to trash and treasure pretty quickly if I don’t keep on top of it. But if I want to effectively shop my own wardrobe,things need to be well organised.
Here are my tips for a beautifully organised wardrobe, worthy of shopping in.
Things must be visible
I think visibility is absolutely key. You won’t wear it if you don’t see it. So that means no over-crowding. Don’t put more than one thing on a hanger. Make sure your folded items can be seen. Hang your jewellery and scarves in easy to see places.
Things must be accessible
This is a pretty close relation to visibility. Make sure you can reach everything easily and that taking one thing out doesn’t result in a complete mess. Again, no over-crowding! If you have high shelves, keep a small ladder or sturdy chair nearby so you can easily access that storage.
Know your stock (ie have a system)
How frustrating is it when you can’t find that favourite dress because it’s hiding way back in the wardrobe? By having an organised system, it should be immediately apparent where a thing is. I like to sort by type of clothing and then colour.
Keep it seasonal
Store away the things you won’t wear and review your wardrobe every six months. I live in Brisbane, which means I can safely store my winter things over summer but need to keep a few summer things on standby during the cooler months. Because the sunshine can never keep away for long. Think about what works for you. Make sure the things you place into storage are still accessible. I like shallow plastic boxes on wheels that can be stored under the bed.
Allow for inspiration
Wardrobes are fairly utilitarian places but that doesn’t mean they can’t be pretty. If you have space, pop up a mood board. Display your jewellery in a beautiful way. Make it inviting, just like a shop makes their space lovely. In addition to looking nice, arrange your clothes in such a way that they lend themselves to inspiration. I like to hang my tops on a high rail and my skirts underneath. This immediately gives me an idea of what might match.
Keeping your wardrobe in boutique condition will make shopping in it a lot more fun.
Want more wardrobe tips? Catch my live video at the Mumtastic for a sneaky peek at how I organise my wardrobe.
What are your closet organisation tips?