WARDROBES 101

Or­gan­ise your clothes cup­board in no time at all with James’s top tips.

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HAVE YOU EVER EX­PE­RI­ENCED WARDROBE ENVY? Co-or­di­nated clothes hang­ing neatly in line, per­fect rows of shiny shoes and open shelv­ing show­ing off that hand­bag col­lec­tion… You, too, can get this feel­ing at home, and it’s not that dif­fi­cult.

1 TAKE IT OUT, START AGAIN

Start from scratch and pull out ev­ery­thing. Take note of what you own, and think about it as you put ev­ery­thing back – in or­der! Place similar items in sep­a­rate piles, and re­turn them to their own sec­tions in the wardrobe. This is the per­fect time to vac­uum all that dust at the back of the robe, or find those miss­ing ear­rings.

Also ask your­self a few ques­tions: how much space should each type of cloth­ing take up? Do you need more long hang­ing or an ad­di­tional set of draw­ers? Could you place some items in stor­age boxes for special oc­ca­sions? This time helps you de­clut­ter the items you don’t re­ally need or had for­got­ten about. Try things on to see how they fit, and ad­mit if it’s time to let them go.

2 THROW IT OR STOW IT?

We of­ten hang onto items – some­times for years – and never use them. All of us have pants, shoes or jack­ets that we never wear, don’t fit us any­more or are worn and dam­aged from be­ing loved too much. Go through your wardrobe and place in piles those items you wear and those you don’t. If it’s been more than a year or two since you last wore those shoes or that shirt, then breathe in: it’s time to let it go.

A great tip from de-clut­ter cham­pion Peter Walsh is to place all your clothes hang­ers in­wards, in­stead of out, and only turn them the right way when you wear an item. After 12 months you can see which hang­ers are re­versed, and know which clothes you aren’t wear­ing.

3 CHOOSE THE RIGHT STOR­AGE SYS­TEM

With many cost-ef­fec­tive op­tions on the mar­ket, get­ting the per­fect wardrobe fitout doesn’t mean rip­ping ev­ery­thing out and start­ing again. It’s of­ten about small but clever changes to cre­ate the right bal­ance of stor­age types.

Stan­dard wardrobes usu­ally have one hang­ing rail un­der­neath a fixed shelf, so there’s never enough shelf or drawer space. Hang­ing fab­ric shelves pro­vide shelv­ing space on a bud­get, but for some­thing more sub­stan­tial, flat-pack or pre­built sets of draw­ers or open shelf units can eas­ily be placed inside your ex­ist­ing robes to give you ad­di­tional stor­age space. Pull-down hang­ing rails are per­fect for very high robes, slide­out shelves are great for ties, socks, un­der­wear and even shoes (see above left), and slide-out hang­ing rails can pro­vide ex­tra space for trousers or shirts. Stor­age boxes are per­fect for sea­sonal clothes, and shoes and hand­bags can be placed on shelves, making them easy to keep or­gan­ised, as well as ac­ces­si­ble.

Don’t be daunted. You re­ally can get or­gan­ised in a week­end. Who knows, if you get rid of a bag or two of old, un­used clothes, you have a great ex­cuse to squeeze in a shop­ping trip!

Top notch Good-qual­ity coat hang­ers stop creases in trousers as well as make your robe look up to date and or­gan­ised.

HANG IT ALL Svira hang­ing stor­age, $19.99, from Ikea.

TIED UP Dress-shaped scarf holder, $9.95, from Howards Stor­age World.

RACK ’EM UP Percy 2-tier shoe rack, $59.95, from Free­dom.

GREY AREA Felt small lid­ded box, $24.95, from Free­dom.

NAT­U­RAL CHOICE Liv­ing Space “Zara” small cov­ered box, $24.99, from Spot­light.

HEY, GOOD LOOK­ING Al­got wall up­right/ mir­ror/shelf, $40, from Ikea.

OUT IN THE OPEN Al­got wall up­right/mesh bas­kets, $115, from Ikea.

Shoe in These open pull-out shoe draw­ers are a genius de­sign.

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