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Maximise Space with Professional Wardrobe Organisation Tips

Are you tired of battling through a cluttered wardrobe and struggling to find your favourite outfits amidst the chaos? It’s time to take control of your wardrobe with effective wardrobe organisation strategies. Organising your wardrobe not only saves you time but also maximises space, allowing you to make the most of your storage areas. 

 

In this article, we will explore professional wardrobe organisation tips to help you reclaim your wardrobe space and streamline your daily routine.

Discover the Benefits of Wardrobe Organisation Services

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Professional wardrobe organisers offer a range of benefits beyond just tidying up your wardrobe. By investing in home organising services, you can transform your wardrobe into a functional and aesthetically pleasing space. 

 

Moreover, these experts understand the nuances of an effective wardrobe storage organiser and can customise their approach to suit your specific needs. From decluttering and sorting to maximising vertical and horizontal space, wardrobe organisers employ strategic techniques to optimise every inch of your wardrobe.

 

Also, wardrobe organisation services alleviate the stress and overwhelm associated with managing clutter. With professional assistance, you can efficiently categorise your clothing, accessories, and other belongings, creating a cohesive and easily accessible storage system. Whether you’re dealing with a small wardrobe or a sprawling walk-in wardrobe, home organisers can devise tailored solutions to enhance organisation and streamline your daily routine.

Essential Tips for Wardrobe Organisation

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When it comes to wardrobe organisation, implementing the right strategies can make all the difference. 

 

  • Start by emptying your entire wardrobe and assessing each item individually. 

 

  • Next, sort your clothing into categories such as workwear, casual attire, formal wear, and seasonal pieces. 

 

  • Then, donate or discard items that no longer serve you, freeing up valuable space for essentials.

 

  • Further, invest in quality wardrobe storage organisers to maximise vertical space and keep your belongings neatly arranged. 

 

  • Also, consider using uniform hangers to maintain consistency and visual clarity within your wardrobe. 

 

  • Again, avoid overcrowding your racks and shelves, as this can lead to disorganisation and difficulty finding items when you need them most.

 

  • Additionally, utilise drawer dividers and storage bins to compartmentalise smaller items such as socks, underwear, and accessories. 

 

  • By assigning designated spaces for each category, you can prevent clutter and maintain order within your wardrobe. 

 

  • Finally, rotate seasonal clothing to ensure easy access to relevant items throughout the year.

 

By adopting these practical tips, you can professionally organise a wardrobe that reflects your personal style and preferences.

Optimising Wardrobe Space With Innovative Solutions

 

Innovative wardrobe storage organiser can revolutionise the way you organise your belongings. Therefore, explore space-saving options such as over-the-door home organisers, hanging shoe racks, and cascading hangers to maximise vertical space and minimise clutter. These versatile accessories allow you to capitalise on unused areas of your wardrobe, creating additional storage opportunities for shoes, handbags, and accessories.

 

Additionally, for bulky items such as winter coats and ski gear, consider investing in vacuum-sealed storage bags to minimise space and protect your garments from dust and moisture. These airtight bags compress clothing, blankets, and seasonal bedding, allowing you to store them efficiently in wardrobes, attics, or under-bed storage containers.

 

For more expert advice and insights, be sure to read on or tune in to the Radio Podcast featuring Bonnie Black.

2017.03.07 ABC Radio – Wardrobes

Transcript

 

Kelly:

How is your wardrobe organised? Have you heard that sentence thought? What do you mean organised Wardrobe? Why are they in the same sentence together? Is everything in your wardrobe in its place neatly hung with shirts, pants, dresses, if you wear them, all grouped together? Or is it more of a floordrobe in the corner? Bonnie Black is from Little Miss Organised, and she’s going to have you and your clothes looking ship-shaped. 

Hello, Bonnie. 

 

Bonnie:

Hello, Kelly, how are you?

 

Kelly:

Excellent. Now, wardrobes are interesting and floordrobes because we like to think it’s just children and teenagers. But if we’re to be honest, there’s a lot of adults, too, who treat their clothes with no respect whatsoever.

 

Bonnie:

Yeah. It’s funny that adults think that just because I’m 18 and it’s my house or my rules, I can do it. I can put it all over the floor and nobody’s going to care. But it’s about showing respect to those things that we own, definitely.

 

Kelly:

Now, were you always a neat wardrobe person?

 

Bonnie:

My mom’s listening, so I’m not really sure how I should respond to this.

 

Kelly:

Don’t fear because she’ll ring and we’ll put her in there.

 

Bonnie:

No, I was that child that was fairly organised, but things would slide after a while, and then I couldn’t handle it, so I would just do a bit of a cleanup every couple of weeks. I definitely wasn’t the floordrobe kid like my sister was. She was that room where you just had to pick You walk your way over the floor to get to the bed. It was a bit like swimming in a sea of clothes. I just couldn’t handle that. I don’t like too much visual clutter. No. I suppose I was a little bit more organised than that as a child.

 

Kelly:

How do you recommend wardrobes should be organised?

 

Bonnie:

Look, it’s really an individual choice. It’s what makes sense the most to the person. Some people like to organise their clothes by work clothes and casual clothes around the house, clothes smart, casual, formal, that thing. Other people prefer to do all their skirts together, all their pants together, and maybe a colour wave from light to dark. Everybody’s a little bit different. I think one of the best things that you can do is just make sure that you’ve got the storage right so that you’ve got one set of hangers so that you can easily look across your hanging rack and see all the shoulders of everything that you’ve got-

 

Kelly:

But one set of hangers, do you mean the same hangar right across?

 

Bonnie:

Yeah. 

 

Kelly:

Oh, wow. We’ve gone into real organised territory today, haven’t we? 

Bonnie:

Look, look. 

 

Kelly:

I’m just happy if there are hangers. I’m matching hangers.

 

Bonnie:

One of the things that can actually make your wardrobe the most cluttered is having heaps of different types of hangers. So, people who may be struggling for cash and they think, I’ll just keep this plastic hangar that came with the garment, and I’ll just have this one that came back from the dry cleaner, and then I went and bought this $2 set of hangers. Having 20 different sets of hangers means that your clothes hang at different heights, they’re different shapes. You can’t actually look out across that sea of your hanging stuff and say, oh, yeah, that’s where everything is. That’s the colour. That already creates clutter in our minds. So, one set of hangers, I mean, obviously, if you’re hanging pants, you need to have pants hangers as well as your normal hangers. But yeah, one system works well. 

 

Kelly:

Okay. What if you like the ones? See, some of them have the little dint in them where you can put shoulder straps, and others just if you’ve got jackets or something like that, or just normal tops, don’t need that.

 

Bonnie:

Yeah. Look, that can be a real problem as well for people. Where is the perfect hangar? Does it actually exist? We can spend our lives searching for the perfect hangar. I know I’ve tried probably 10 different types of hangers, and the ones I’ve got at the moment are just from Costco, and you can get them from places like Best and Less and those places as well. They’re a nice thin wire with velvet around them, and then they’ve got the little dimity bit for you to put your spaghetti straps on as well. They cover all the bases. The only thing that they don’t really cater for is when you have those big, bulky jackets that maybe need a little bit more of a padding, and that’s when buying more jacket hangers might be appropriate.

Kelly:

Yeah. 1300-222-612. If you are something of a wardrobe guru as well, what have you done to your wardrobe that really made a difference to how it was organised? Don’t be shy. 1300-222-612, because somebody will be searching for the answer you already have. 1300-222-612. Of course, you can tweet at ABC Brisbane or SMS, 0467-922-612. Now, it’s interesting how people organise their wardrobes as well. I was usually just happy to have it hung up, that mission accomplished. But I spent one day, it didn’t take all day, hanging my clothes in colour-coding, and I’ve been able to keep it that way ever since. 

 

Bonnie:

That’s good. 

 

Kelly:

That’s been a few years now, so I get a little bit… If it’s not done like that. But I can see the joy in… Amanda Delmy, my producer and I were talking about this because she doesn’t see the point of that, but instead goes for types of clothing, the grouping of types of clothing instead. What do people more go with? In your experience, what have you found people do more? 

 

Bonnie:

People probably tend to do the practical side of things and put it into categories of how they wear it, so the work clothes. The work clothes versus the gym clothes and that thing. Then I encourage them within that little subsection, if you like, to go a colour wave, starting from light to dark, because it just makes it easier to have all your black shirts grouped together.

 

Kelly:

Well, it does. I actually did it for my husband as well, but he didn’t care.

 

Bonnie:

I was going to say, did he appreciate that?

 

Kelly:

I think he did. It’d be unfair to say he didn’t, but he hasn’t kept it going. I think, once again, he’s just isn’t hanging up. Okay, just be happy with that. Now, Mocco is from Keperra. Hello.

 

Mocco:

Oh, hello.

 

Kelly:

What’s your system?

 

Mocco:

Well, I wrote a book recently written by a Japanese lady, and unfortunately, I’ve forgotten her name. And it was all about keeping your cupboards and your wardrobes tidy. And one of the things that she was talking about is having lots of shoe boxes and rolling everything into them.

 

Kelly:

Shoe boxes? 

 

Mocco:

Yes. And for instance, I always kept my stockings in the original packages until I wore them. But she said, take them all out, roll them up, and you end up with tiny little rolls of stocking. And if you then arrange them in a shoe box, every time you take a pair of, the others won’t be disturbed. And you do exactly the same with your underwear. I have a shoe box for my black, I have a shoe box for my flesh colour, and shoe box for white. And you can see that through. Everywhere you put scarfs, roll them up and put them in a shoe box and have them in your drawer.

Kelly:

Okay, so that’s worked for you?

 

Mocco:

It works for me, wonders. And as the T-shirts, which I used to fold it up and one on top of each other. She said to fold them until they look as small as a small as clutch handbag and then stand them on edge in your cupboard. You save so much space and they don’t get messy. 

 

Kelly:

Okay. Thank you. 

 

Mocco:

That’s all right.

 

Kelly:

Some interesting tips. See, I hang all my shirts, even my T-shirts, because when they fold, they look unironed for me.

 

Bonnie:

And I don’t like the whole This is thing when you pull a shirt out of the cupboard that way.

 

Kelly:

Yeah, but for others, it obviously works a trick. Do you have a way of folding?

 

Bonnie:

I have a flip fold thing. So, if you’ve ever seen a Big Bang Theory and Sheldon’s little, I have a folder thing. I’ve got one of those. So, whack, whack, whack, whack, and it’s done. 

 

Kelly:

It’s done. It looks neat. Rita on the Gold Coast. Hello.

 

Rita:

Hello. How are you? I love the whack, whack, whack, whack.

 

Kelly:

Have you got a whack, whack, whack, whacker as well?

 

Rita:

I’ve not, but I I’ll give it a whirl this afternoon and see how the clothes behave. 

 

Bonnie:

Yeah, do it.

 

Rita:

Clubs them into submission. I agree with the colour thing. I’m all over that because I teach people what clothes and colours to wear. So, when you have the colours in order, start with the lightest on the left, as you said. All the shirts on the top, anything that is a print or a pattern, goes to the right of that. So, you’ve got everything you have in order. If you’ve got that double hanging rack, skirts and pants go on the bottom, which is the same system, lightest to darkest. And you’ll suddenly see outfits that you can create. 

 

Kelly:

That’s a good idea. 

 

Rita:

In your line of vision, you’ll see the printed shirts that will go with two or three pants or skirts, plain tops, go over whatever. And that system works. It also, when you get into it, if something isn’t in its right place, you will notice it. You won’t lose things because you’ll know there is a gap. Go and find it before it’s on the… People lose things when it’s on the floor. It can be gone forever. 

 

Kelly:

This is true.

 

Rita:

-Of the things that will never be seen again.

Kelly:

That’s it in the 12 months. I haven’t vacuumed under the bed for a while. What’s that? 

Something gets sucked up.

 

Bonnie:

There’s that suck.

 

Rita:

Exactly. I love your colour thing, and I think it’s fantastic.

 

Kelly:

Thanks, Rita. 

 

Rita:

Okay, bye. 

 

Kelly:

Rita from the Gold Coast. The other thing it does, I think, when I put them colour-coded is it lets me know what I’ve overdone in. I notice I’ve overdone in orange. Oh, really? In the past couple of years, I love orange. But I now have enough in orange. You can never have enough black. Half my wardrobe is actually black.

 

Bonnie:

Yeah, I have to admit I’m the same. It just goes with everything.

 

Kelly:

Well, this is it. Now, how do you store your out-of-season clothes?

 

Bonnie:

Yeah, so this can be a tricky one. If your family goes to the snow once a year or you go down to Melbourne and do all the winter weekends down there, we don’t need those clothes up here in Queensland, sunny old Queensland. There’s a couple of different options. For ski gear in particular, it’s really good to actually stick it in a couple of plastic tubs because you’ve got ski boots, you’ve got goggles.

Space bags tend to be really good for things that are nice and soft, but when you’re introducing your ski boots and goggles, then you need a bit more It’s sturdy plastic, I think. Depending how much gear you’ve got, you might need one box per person or one box for the adults, one box for the kids. Then space bags for any of your other out-of-season stuff.

Coats are a little bit different. They probably need to be stored in an off-site wardrobe. If you’ve got an office that’s got a wardrobe that you got a little bit of hanging space in and your wardrobe’s too full, using a suit bag so that it stays nice and dust-free, and make sure you’ve got some sachet in there that’s absorbing any moisture in there as well. That’s a good spot.

 

Kelly:

Keeping the silverfish off, too, just in case.

 

Bonnie:

Yes. If you’ve got leather jackets, making sure that you take them out and air them during the summer, because otherwise, they tend to get a bit humid up in our hot weather and go a bit moldy, which is always a nasty surprise.

 

Kelly:

Yes. But it’s also amazing how you can go back. I’m actually doing a clean out at the moment, and I found a storage box of clothes I’d forgotten about. I’ve kept two pieces, and the rest are going to lifeline.

 

Bonnie:

How long ago do you think you put the box in there?

 

Kelly:

Maybe two years. 

 

Bonnie:

Okay. 

 

Kelly:

Just at the bottom of my wardrobe. I kept looking at it, and I’d glance at it, I think, I wonder what’s in there. Then didn’t care enough to actually- 

 

Bonnie:

Drag it out. 

 

Kelly:

Yeah, but actually, it wasn’t. There were some nice clothes in there, but not things I would now wear. If I haven’t worn them for two years, didn’t miss them.

 

Bonnie:

Exactly. You have this system. That’s right.

 

Kelly:

Yeah, which is actually nothing to brag about, is it? Katherine from Burleigh Heads. Hello. 

 

Katherine:

Hello. How are you? 

 

Kelly:

Good. What’s your system?

 

Katherine:

I’ve got a shoes system that I’m happy with.

 

Kelly:

What do you do?

Katherine:

All my shoes always get the original box. Usually, the original box has a picture on it and a description on the end. So, on that top shelf when you’re in your wardrobe, that’s where all mine is. So, they’re all in boxes. I can see. I usually know what I wear, but it’s so easy to pull out. It You can pull a middle one out, you can pull a top one out, whatever you like. It works.

 

Kelly:

All right. So, you can see what shoes you might want to wear. I know somebody who used to print out a photo and put that on the outside of the box as well.

 

Katherine:

You could do that, too. You’ll find that. It looks like David Jones’ shoe shop at my place, but it looks like… Because it now has the picture and it says the colour as well. Sometimes, if I like a shoe, for example, I’ve got a silver and black in the same shoes. But it’ll say Silver on one and it says Black on the other. I think it’s a really good system, and it keeps them all nice and clean, and they’re separated, and it works.

 

Kelly:

That’s good, isn’t it? Katherine Burley heads there. For those people who do love their shoes, they usually take care of them as well. We’ve heard people who’ve had boxes and boxes of unworn shoes in garages and crazy things. But you love your shoes, you love your shoes.

 

Bonnie:

Well, I went to someone recently who had too many shoes to fit in the bedroom, and so they’d started stacking them in the office. And there would have been at least 40 or 50 boxes of shoes in the office, and they just couldn’t get to them. so, they weren’t being worn. And when it gets to that point, it’s a bit.

Kelly:

You need to seek help. 

Bonnie:

You do need to seek help. 

Kelly:

You need to talk to somebody. It’s time to call.

Kelly:

Erin’s at Minden. Hi, Erin.

Erin:

Hello. How are you doing?

Kelly:

Good. Now, what do you reckon about space issues? We’re talking about stacking heaps of things, but a lot of people live in apartments and units that don’t have a lot of storage space.

Erin:

We live in a cottage with very little storage, of course, and lots of children. But we need to have some free-standing… We need at least one in our room. And what I do is just store all my party dresses on it, anything sparkly and pretty. So, it actually looks nice on the hangar. It’s not just every day. And you actually see it from the door of the bedroom, so it looks quite pretty.

Kelly:

Oh, nice.

Erin:

It makes it a bit easier.

Kelly:

Yeah. So as Bunny just said, you’ve decorated with it.

Erin:

Yeah. And my other tip is to just let your husband do his own thing because while mine is very pretty, he just has a pile next to his. You have to let that go.

Kelly:

As long as you can’t see it from the door.

Bonnie:

Yeah, that’s it.

Kelly:

That’s what it’s about. Thanks, Erin.

Erin:

Thanks, bye.

Kelly:

Look, children, that’s another one. How do we organise children’s clothes? When they’re toddlers, we’ve got a little bit of control. I’ve just let my teenager go because I couldn’t be bothered having a fight. 

Bonnie:

Well, that’s it, isn’t it? You got to pick your battles. But when they’re a lot younger, you do have that control over what they wear. For kids who are learning to dress themselves, making sure that they can actually reach those clothes so that they can put them on every morning and being okay with them coming out looking like Batman or some superhero with gumboots and a cape and whatever else on their head.

But making sure that the clothes that you’re happy for them to wear on a regular basis are within their reach and any of the better clothes are up a little bit higher and labeling it because you want your kids to learn to be able to put their clothes away themselves. For little kids, they need picture labels, they need word labels altogether so that they can open a door and know, yes, this is where my undies go, that thing.

Kelly:

What items should not be in your wardrobe What’s your favourite?

Bonnie:

Lots of things. Paperwork. A lot of people think, I’ll store old paperwork, tax papers up in the top of my wardrobe. Anything that’s going to create a lot of dust that really isn’t related to What you wear on a daily basis or that should be in a wardrobe. One of the things that probably is really good to have in a wardrobe if you’ve got the space is a memory box.

We come across a lot of people who don’t have a memory box. They’ve got a lot of sentimental items just scattered around the house. Some are on display, some are in random draws, but they’ve never actually created a box just for their memories to go in. The top shelf in your wardrobe is a great place to have one or a couple of memory boxes where you do put those really sentimental items that you’ll never use. But you never want to get rid of, and that keeps them all together.

Kelly:

It’s a nice idea. Draws as opposed to wardrobes, if we’ve touched on this, but what are the best things to put in draws?

Bonnie:

Draws are great for everything. I mean, I’m a big fan of hanging T-shirts, as we already mentioned, but having draws for your underwear and your bras. The other thing, my mom’s a bra lady, and I would be a miss if I didn’t mention this. Ladies, if you’ve got bras that have molded cups, don’t fold them inside each other. You’ll ruin the bra. So, make sure that you-

Kelly:

Oh, really? 

Bonnie:

Yeah, absolutely. You will totally ruin. 

Kelly:

That was the only way to do it. 

Bonnie:

No, you’ll ruin the life of your bra. Make sure that as you wear it, that’s how it’s laid out and their cups are folded inside each other. You’ve got a front to back system with being able to see all your molded cups. If there’s no padding in the bra whatsoever, then feel free to pop them inside one another. But otherwise, they have to lay out flat like they do when they’re on your body. All right. There’s the bra tip for today.

Kelly:

Yeah, that’s an excellent bra tip. What about the draw divider Draw dividers that you can get as well? Are they handy or are they just creating more chaos?

Bonnie:

No, draw dividers are awesome, especially if you’ve got a lot of small things, like if you’re using handkerchiefs or scarves or lots of socks, and you want to divide your socks and you want to divide your socks up, maybe by colour or by use. Draw dividers can be a real winner. And even boxes. And if you’re struggling for cash, use old shoe boxes. Those things will really help you divide what’s in your draws and keep it a bit more organised.

Kelly:

Rachel from Canberra. Hello. 

Rachel:

Hello. How are you? 

Kelly:

Good. Tell us about your hubby’s clothes. What are you doing?

Rachel:

Well, I did the same as you and I colour-coordinated all his wardrobe, and he didn’t appreciate it. But when I was going through it, there was items in there that I just knew he didn’t wear anymore. So, I put labels on them, just like dots. And then six months later, I went back through his wardrobe and pulled all these clothes out that still had dots on them and said, you’ve not worn these for six months. Get rid of them.

Bonnie:

How did he respond to that?

Rachel:

He wasn’t very happy about it, but I caught him out. But it just makes you rotate your clothes more when you actually see what you do wear and what you don’t wear, I change my wardrobe seasonally. And you go back to it and say, oh, I really don’t want to wear that anymore. So, you give it to the op shop. But the other thing is it keeps your wardrobe small. So that’s the other thing. Your husband never notices that your wardrobe is getting overly big.

Bonnie:

Oh, that’s cheeky. I like that.

Rachel:

You can have more clothes and they never see that your wardrobe is very big because then you change it for the next season and it’s still the same size.

Kelly:

That’s how it works for women whose husbands don’t notice that thing. Honestly, I can wear something new. My husband will always notice. He’ll go, you haven’t worn that before. 

Bonnie:

That’s good. 

Kelly:

Yeah, he’s not making a judgment call or he’s not. He’s not having a shot. It’s just he will notice something new on me.

Bonnie:

You’ve got an observant one. 

Kelly:

Yeah. There are pros and cons to that.

Bonnie:

Yeah.

Kelly:

Thank you, Rachel.

Rachel:

Thank you. 

Kelly:

That’s a good way of organising those clothes, however, that maybe you haven’t worn in a while. We hear this all the time, that if you haven’t worn them in 12 months, you’re probably not really going to go back to them.

Bonnie:

Yeah. Look, now that we’re starting to get into the cooler season, I hope you’re listening. We want a cool change, please. It’s time to turn those coat hangers around so that when you wear something and you put it back, you turn it back around the right way. Then at the end of the winter, when next summer comes, you can look back over those clothes and see all the hangers that are still turned around the wrong way and think, I didn’t wear that. Whereas normally you’d look back and go, I know, I still wore that. I’m sure I wore it. I love it. This gives you the proof.

Kelly:

But you didn’t. 

Bonnie:

Um-hmm.

Kelly:

All right, Bonnie, thank you so much for coming in. Bonnie is from Little Miss Organised. 

Bonnie:

Thank you. Thanks, Kelly.

Conclusion

Achieving professionally organised wardrobe space is attainable with the right strategies and resources at your disposal. By investing in quality wardrobe organisers, leveraging home organising services, and embracing innovative storage solutions, you can maximise space and efficiency in your wardrobe. 

Incorporate practical tips for efficient wardrobe organisation to maintain a clutter-free and functional living space. With a well-organised wardrobe, you can streamline your daily routine and enjoy stress-free dressing experiences. Start implementing these tips today to transform your wardrobe into a haven of organisation and style.

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