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If your ever-growing clothes collection means that you have more of a ‘floor-drobe’ than a wardrobe, then it’s time for action. The first thing to do is clear out all of the clothes that you don’t wear anymore and take them to the charity shop. Set yourself a rule such as getting rid of anything that you haven’t worn in the last year. Once you have done this, you should be able to see the contents of your wardrobe more easily and you can continue with your storage re-vamp.
It may be helpful at this point to separate your clothes into winter and summer piles. This way you can determine which clothes should be accessible and which can be stored away. Use clear storage boxes to hoard out of season clothes at the top of your wardrobe or even under the bed if you have space. Flatter boxes with wheels can be useful for this. Then, these clothes can be kept nicely folded and out of sight ready to be re-introduced when the weather suits.
Storing full-length evening dresses is also advisable, as the weight of hanging these can stretch the straps and make them change shape. This is especially true of dresses that have heavy detail on them, such as beading.
Once you have determined your current ‘in-season’ wardrobe, it is time to display the wonders of your collection in all their beauty. Rather than traditional wire hangers, try using wooden or plastic alternatives that are kinder to your clothes. For delicate fabrics, use padded hangers, such as felt-padded pegged hangers that are soft on your skirts.
Now that your clothes are protected, get some order in your wardrobe by grouping items together. Gather long coats and dresses in one area, followed by another section for shorter items such as shirts, trousers and skirts. You can even colour co-ordinate or divide your clothes into ‘work’ and ‘play’. It may seem excessive, but this level of organisation makes it easier to find the clothes you want to wear.
If your wardrobe has incorporated shelving or drawers, then use the space to store your folded jeans, t-shirts and jumpers. Bottom drawers tend to be deeper, so are perfect for bigger items such as winter jumpers.
Drawer organisers are ideal for creating order out of chaos. These can be fantastic to separate smaller items, such as underwear from socks or belts, etc.
To keep your shoes in the best possible condition, store them in clear boxes at either the top (for unseasonal shoes) or bottom of the wardrobe (for easier access). This protects them from dust and the transparency allows you to identify what’s in the boxes at a later date. Ensure the shoes are wiped clean and that boots are laid flat. If you alternate the direction you place your shoes in the box you will be able to fit more in.
If you are one of the many people who store accessories in their wardrobe, you will be familiar with the frustration of getting these tangled up together. Try to separate the items into groups, so that they are easier to find. Fix hooks on to the back of the wardrobe door to hang belts and scarves from or use tie racks or specialised accessory hangers that attach to your wardrobe railing. This method can also be used for storing necklaces. Alternatively, keep jewellery, belts, gloves, etc. divided by organisers in drawers.
If you have expensive taste, it is even more important to ensure that your jewellery and clothes are protected by contents insurance as part of your home insurance. This will ensure that the items in your home are covered in the event of damage or theft.