CLOSET DE­CLUT­TER

Or­gan­is­ing ex­pert Peter Walsh trans­forms a chaotic wardrobe.

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ON THE SUR­FACE, Chris and An­dra Tay­lor’s south-west Melbourne home looked neat and or­derly, but be­hind closed doors it was a dif­fer­ent story, with 20 boxes’ and four racks’ worth of cloth­ing jammed into one closet alone.

“I just didn’t throw things out,” says An­dra. “It was very crowded and messy, there was no or­gan­i­sa­tion what­so­ever. Chris hated it.”

The same chaos reigned in her chil­dren Lukas and Lotte’s wardrobes. “The kids just chucked stuff in and closed the door. They learned that from me,” says An­dra.

Peter Walsh was called in to over­haul the fam­ily’s wardrobe. First, he got An­dra to do a ma­jor cull of her cloth­ing with some tips [see box, fol­low­ing page]. In two hours, she man­aged to get rid of two-thirds of her wardrobe.

Peter then asked her to tackle the kids’ cup­boards on her own. An­dra was a bit over­whelmed at the prospect, but she soon got stuck in.

Peter in­stalled mo­du­lar shelves and stor­age bas­kets in all the wardrobes to make it eas­ier to store and clas­sify cloth­ing. The two chests of draw­ers in Chris and An­dra’s bed­room were com­pletely over­stuffed, so he used clear plas­tic boxes to store items such as T-shirts, shoes and socks.

The whole fam­ily was thrilled with the re­sult. “It felt like a dif­fer­ent bed­room,” says Chris.

Since Peter’s visit, An­dra has also im­ple­mented his strate­gies in the play­room, laun­dry and spare bed­room.

“I wouldn’t have thought de­clut­ter­ing your wardrobe would be so life chang­ing,” she says.

Catch

7:30pm Fri­day on Fresh face Free of clut­ter, the mas­ter bed­room also has new linen and cush­ions from Adairs to com­ple­ment the art­work above the bed.

Crowded house The bed­side ta­bles were filled with clut­ter. be­fore

Pic­ture this There is now room for per­sonal touches. after

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