GET ON THE MARIE KONDO BANDWAGON AND DECLUTTER
Its summer and your cupboard is full of winter clothing, and we all know how much room those winter coats take up, and we cannot forget about the cupboards of clothes unworn in years. Decluttering specialist Jo Carmichael believes it’s better to get in now rather than wait for the “usual spring clean” not only for your cupboards sake but your sanity too. It’s time to “declutter to spark joy”, as another decluttering guru Marie Kondo says.
There is nothing more refreshing than a declutter, especially of your wardrobe, as most Australians are notorious for having overloaded, and underused cupboards. Australian weather is hospitable – allowing us outside most days whatever the season. So its hard to seasonally lock ourselves away for a few hours to sort out wardrobes or cupboards. Wardrobes are the kind of space that a lot of us tend to have a ‘love hate’ relationship with. While it can store many of your most prized outfits, it can also be the home to a family of dust collectors. Jo has put together her top tips on how you can organise your wardrobe and keep it that way.
By Jo Carmichael
Say goodbye – First things first, when sorting your wardrobe you need to do an initial clean out before you do anything else, this includes dusting as well. Remove the items, pulling everything out onto the bed and sort into piles what you’ll keep, throw as rubbish, donate or sell. If you haven’t worn an item in the last 18 months it’s unlikely you will wear it in the future, so discard it.. I know its hard but the positive is that you are not only making way for new items that you will wear, you can also donate these good quality items to charities. For the really bad old clothes with holes, tears or stains, it’s definitely time to cut the cord and bin them, say goodbye.
We have all made purchases that turned into mistakes – both expensive or cheaper 3 for the price of 2. Now you haven’t worn and don’t like the items, you feel disinclined to discard it as it hasn’t been worn. Remind yourself the pleasure you had purchasing at the time, whether in-store or online is what you have instead. These purchases are a by-product and as they are not used, discard them to make space for your existing clothes. Discarding them means you no longer need to see it and berate yourself for buying the wrong thing too. Gifts from others that don’t suit you– The person who gave you the gift had the enjoyment of shopping, wrapping and giving it to you. Your commitment of receiving it is done – you do not need to hold onto it. If you don’t wear it donate or sell it. Wardrobe space is valuable property – no room for loitering.
Let’s get organised
Once you have sorted out what you are going to keep its time to organise your storage solutions. Asses the space you have to work with and where you will position everything. Storage containers inside your cupboard make the wardrobe far more appealing and makes a neat and tidy finish, hang as much as possible, as this makes it easier to see them. Fold and roll clothes going into drawers. Using shoe boxes or storage boxes within a drawer or your tallboy or wardrobe. This keeps the clothes neat and stops the socks mixing up with the cop tops. Colour coordinate all your clothing items whites with whites, and neutrals, greys, through to colours and black. Try to keep out of season coats – up the far end of your wardrobe.
Pack up out of season clothes so that the most space possible is created in your existing wardrobe. When you’re retrieving the spring and summer clothes in a few month’s time – you will look at that tired dress or T shirt and think ok ‘its had its day’ and discard it.
Keep it neat
Keep everything you need regularly in an accessible area, chances are if you store that bag or pair of shoes you wear regularly way at the top/back of your wardrobe the higher the chance of it being left lying around the house or just throwing in any old spot of the cupboard. Store items you use on occasion like that expensive bag or coat you only wear a couple of times a year up the top so its not taking up space. Keep the most frequently used items like your joggers or a pair of jeans lower down and more accessible. There is nothing messier looking than shoes thrown in the bottom of the cupboard. Much better to store them neatly on a rack, stand on shelves if you have enough room, or stand upright in tubs – this keeps them in pairs and contained rather than a pile erupting.
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