7 ingenious tips to put an end to “clothing chaos”
Every morning it’s the same drama: you stand in front of your full-to-bursting wardrobe for an eternity… but can’t find anything to wear! You simply never manage to locate the right top to go with your skirt, not to mention the matching accessories. Those black trousers and that blue jumper are both far too tight, and as for that gaudy patterned dress… what were you thinking? So what’s the answer? Clear out and organise your wardrobe! We’ll show you how to do it in seven easy steps.
You’ll need more than half an hour if you really want to organise your wardrobe. Set a fixed time (Sunday morning’s often good) and think about enlisting some help. It’s more fun with a friend, as you can get a second opinion straight away – maybe you’ll discover something you really like that’s been hiding in your wardrobe forever. In order to get an overview, you first need to remove everything from the wardrobe. But don’t just dump your clothes in a big pile, instead arrange them into rows – start with the trousers, then the T-shirts, then the dresses, etc.
To find out what suits you, it’s best to pretend you are in a shop – try everything on! (Simply holding garments up doesn’t count.) Then you have to make a decision: does each garment have to go, or will you keep it? You could also create a “Maybe keep it” pile, but don’t let this get too big. It’s often easier to let go in the knowledge that your things are going to be used and enjoyed by someone else. Perhaps you have a friend with a similar dress size? Or is there a second-hand shop, flea market or clothes collection point in your area?
The clothes you want to keep can be sorted according to three criteria: season, style and colour. Thick sweaters that aren’t needed in summer can be banished to the top shelves. The items you always want to keep handy should be well organised inside your wardrobe. In other words, put trousers with trousers, T-shirts with T-shirts and blouses with blouses. However, should you decide to combine different garments, it helps to sort the blouses and T-shirts by colour – it also looks pretty chic!
Our tip: If you need more space, Shuffle can be extended with additional shelves or modules at any time.
Blouses are a must, as are trousers, T-shirts and scarves – placing garments on hangers prevents ugly creases and kinks and is also very practical. Instead of rummaging through a huge pile of T-shirts each morning, you can just take out all the contenders and hold them against your trousers or skirt to see what works. When hung up, scarves are also much easier to reach – this will save you a lot of time and frustration!
Our tip: The Shuffle clothes rail bracket is made of sturdy metal, so it can support a lot of trousers and even heavy jackets. For trousers, special hangers are available which are open on one side so you can quickly and easily remove the trousers.
If you prefer not to hang up all your T-shirts, you can also store them in drawers. Simply fold them as usual, then fold them once more down the middle to create a more compact package. They can then be placed upright in the drawer, which is far more practical than simply stacking them in huge piles.
Do you have one of those “junk” drawers that’s full of jumbled up socks, underwear and gloves? Wardrobes often contain a small number of large shelves, which are frankly a nightmare to keep organised. As a solution to this problem, you can insert additional shelves to create small, manageable compartments – one for socks, one for underwear and another for gloves! Even in its basic configuration, Shuffle includes numerous shelves that can be flexibly adapted to suit your needs. It’s a good idea to sort your accessories into boxes of equal size that can be stacked easily inside the compartments. How about a box for costume jewellery and one for the more expensive trinkets that you save for special occasions? Even shoes can be conveniently stacked in boxes – this also protects them from dust and sunlight.
Finished at last! You’ve finally created some order in your wardrobe. However, there is a risk of relapse after your next shopping trip, when your new “treasures” attempt to claim their place in the closet. That’s why we recommend having a thorough sort out at least once per season! If this isn’t likely, you should definitely stick to one hard and fast rule: one in, one out. In other words, if you buy new trousers, an old pair has to go – this will prevent a return to “clothing chaos”!