Clear out, style up

When it comes to plea­sures in life, an or­gan­ised closet has to be right up there with choco­late, hol­i­days and Tom Hid­dle­ston. Time to get sorted!

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Does “out of sight, out of mind” best de­scribe your closet? Is your lin­gerie drawer a black hole where chaos reigns? Have you ever bought an item of cloth­ing only to find that you have some­thing just like it stashed at the back your wardrobe? Clut­ter is in­con­ve­nient and “it has an emo­tional im­pact, too,” notes pro or­gan­iser Linda Koop­er­smith. Get ready, then, for a mid-year spring clean that will clear away cob­webs on ev­ery level.

Neat­ness has be­come an al­most ther­a­peu­tic, phe­nom­e­non. Hyp­notic images of per­fectly ar­ranged ob­jects dom­i­nate In­sta­gram and Pin­ter­est. Marie Kondo,

Sort your shoes To save space, put your shoes in pairs with one toe fac­ing out and the other fac­ing in. Save some­thing You’ve tossed out so much stuff that your draw­ers are anaemic. Con­grat­u­la­tions? Not quite. “This is a trap,” writes Marie, who sees too much drawer space as an in­vi­ta­tion to ac­cu­mu­late more cloth­ing. “The rule is 90%, so your draw­ers look full, but not en­gorged.

If you’re like Re­becca Bloom­wood in Con­fes­sions of a Shopa­holic and feel over­whelmed by your packed wardrobe, do­nate any pieces that you don’t wear.

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