How To Organise Your Wardrobe Using Merchandising Tips
Out of clutter find simplicity. From discord find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Where To Begin Organising -
What is it about wardrobe or closet space that no matter what size we have, it never seems big enough or tidy enough because we have no order to speak of?
We may well fool ourselves into believing our wardrobes are neat, tidy and have a logical flow but that just is not the case, am I right girls or am I right?? The men are not excluded in this and could equally avail of these tips of the trade to make finding garments less stressful.
Having recently inspected our own shambles of a wardrobe, I thought how lazy am I? Considering I have the tools of the trade from time spent in the fashion merchandising world. As a retailer, displaying and merchandising garments is fundamental to the business. Many principles and disciplines used are equally beneficial in the organisation of the home wardrobe.
Even though your clothing colours, shapes and styles will change, good basic merchandising standards and principles will not, regardless of if you have a fitted wardrobe, a walk in wardrobe or a freestanding one. With a bit of creative planning, some merchandising tips and a bit of common sense, your wardrobe will once again have order restored.
Start Getting Organised -
First thing is first; designate some time to do the organising. For me, I wanted to do the entire wardrobe so I spent 3-4 hours sorting, tidying and re-arranging the chaos. Start by having a look at the offending clutter that is your wardrobe.
You may want to grab yourself some plastic box containers to use on shelving you may have, which will free space and make life easier all around. If you have some already in the home, give them a quick clean before starting. They are a practical storage solution and are ideal for socks, underwear, belts, bags and shoes. Depending on your own wardrobe needs, you can utilize the boxes whatever way is best. For our needs I wanted 6 boxes to cover a his and hers for socks, undies and light weight shoes.
Where To Begin Organising -
Make 3 piles of clothing marked “keeping” “maybe” and “tossing”.
The tossing pile put aside in a box or black sack. You can decide later on if they are destined for the charity shop, pass on to family/friends or maybe you could sell them at a car boot sale.
The keeping pile sort into winter and summer and put aside the season you definitely will not need. We all probably hold onto a few items that are classed as all year round as we may not have clear distinctive seasons, often the case in Ireland!
The maybe pile should not be overly big so put to one side and come back to it. Be ruthless, if you cannot remember the last time you wore a garment or fitted in to it, toss it. If you really want to hang on to it, put it in storage with your seasonal destined for storage.
Best Hangers To Use
Where to find Clothes Hangers
Thrift Shops, Charity Shops, Discount Stores, Yard Sales, Car Boot Sales, Markets, Fashion Wholesalers, D.I.Y. Stores, House Clearance, Warehouse Clearance, Department Stores, Fashion Shops, Ebay and Craigslist.
Hanger Discipline –
Put aside any wire dry cleaning hangers. They do your clothes no favours and unless you are really stuck, I would recommend finding another use for them or get rid of them.
Wooden, plastic and trouser hangers are all your top options.
Think of what you wish to hang and match an appropriate hanger. In other words, do not use a thin plastic hanger for a heavy winter coat. A jacket hanger is a waste on a t-shirt.
If you are buying any clothes in a store, ask if you can keep the hanger. Most stores are happy to oblige as they can be inundated with hangers and will often throw them out.
Hanging garments –
Trousers – hang on “clip hangers” you have two options - side hung (ideal for smart, formal trousers with pleats) or front facing (ideal for casual trousers such as jeans and chinos). Alternatively you should side hang and fold over the bar of a wooden or plastic hanger.
Coats – These should be hung with wide Jacket Hangers or wooden hangers. Thin hangers will just break under the weight.
Shirts – All light tops with sleeves may be hung on either the wooden or plastic hangers and it is up to you if you choose to hang t-shirts (space permitting) or fold then into a box on your shelves.
Before - Shelves Disorganised
Maximising Shelf Space –
Decide what you need to have on the shelves, assign boxes for appropriate items and label boxes.
Woollen jumpers may need to be folded on to the shelf or can be hung, depending on the weight.
If hanging, make sure to use the right hangers or you will end up with misshaped jumpers.
After - Shelves Organised
Order Restored Once More
I found the boxes a great idea and having his and hers boxes, vital! We are challenged with space in the bedroom so this is definitely well worth doing. I even managed to end up with a spare shelf so I put a Quilt there which was temporarily in need of a home!
Our wardrobe should be used for clothes we are wearing and not be full to capacity of stuff we don't wear and don't need.
Not only does it make it a nightmare finding things, it also does your clothing no favours whatsoever. I am just as guilty of this as the next person . . . . but no more!
Merchandising Tips -
Have all your clothes in category i.e. put all shirts together, all coats, all trousers, all suits or whatever garment groups you have.
If you have two bars in your wardrobe ( like us) I suggest you hang trousers on the bottom along with short tops. Longer items to the top.See what works best for you.
Make sure you hang your clothes in the same direction and the hanger heads are all facing into the back of the wardrobe. It not only looks tidier but it makes it easier for removing garments.
Colour blocking your clothes is also a good idea; it makes it much easier for you to see at a glance what you want and where to put recently ironed or washed clothes.
If you have very specific work clothes, it is a good idea to keep these together in one section. Equally gentlemen if you wear ties frequently why not hang them with the appropriate shirt or sort into designs or colours e.g. all striped ties, all spotted ties, all patterned and all plain ones.
Organised With Merchandising Tips
How To Stay Organised -
Making the time to organise your wardrobe does not have to be an ordeal if we were to just keep it in check on a daily basis. Some are masters at this, but the majority of us have the best intentions or get it "kinda organised looking". By implementing these few tips of the merchandising trade, your clothes and your stress levels will thank you!
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Organising Quotes -
Organising is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.
-A. A Milne
How many things are there that I do not want
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
Fail to plan, plan to fail
A place for everything and everything in its place
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