Organising expert Peter Walsh transforms a chaotic wardrobe.
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.
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