the comfort of things
AN ORGANISED WARDROBE
There are certain things in your home that are like old friends: they always cheer you up. We feel the love for the ease that come from a cupboard full of orderly clothes
Are you ever overwhelmed when standing in front of your wardrobe? It may be full of clothes but there’s not one thing you want to wear. Time is running out and you need to leave the house but all you can see is a jumble of items. There is probably something in there that will do the job, but it’s a question of finding it. Imagine, then, how it would feel if that wardrobe was gutted of all extraneous stuff. Be gone dress bought in foolish anticipation of miraculous shape shifting! Farewell preposterous yellow shoes bought in a misguided moment of flamboyance! Instead there will be neat rails of things that you actually like to wear. You’ll be able to browse a row of skirts and be spoilt for choice, then delve into a stack of folded jumper. Your tights will be coiled tidily in a drawer. It sounds like an impossible dream, but it is within the grasp of all of us.
Whereas Carrie Bradshaw’s floor-to-ceiling racks of shoes and extravagant clothing feel excessive now, there is still much to be said for wardrobe management, just on a more modest scale. Unwanted and discarded clothes are a massive environmental problem (for more on ethical fashion see issue 75), so much of the answer lies in buying wisely in the first place. Start by taking wardrobe clutter to the charity shop or selling on Ebay, and then you have space to rethink and re-organise.
The days of mahogany wardrobes big enough to house a surprised lover are over. Instead we have sleek built-in storage systems and clever flatplack units with cantilevered rails and strip lighting that invite orderliness. In an ideal world, part of the home would be designated a dressing area with an ironing board and full-length mirror at the ready. Space is a premium for most of us, though, so your own section of a wardrobe must do. Just make sure no one else in the household encroaches on to your rails. It’s up to them to get their gear into gear.
“The days of wardrobes big enough to house a surprised lover are over”