As many of us are most likely spending more time at home than ever before, now is perhaps the perfect opportunity to fill some of those hours by tackling that household to-do list you keep ignoring. And whether that list is long or short, it’s likely that somewhere on it is what many consider to be one of the biggest Herculean tasks of all: organising an overflowing and messy wardrobe.
Understandably, this is a chore you’ve probably been putting off for aeons because nobody wants to be faced with dubious impulse buys or clothes that don’t fit anymore. But actually getting to grips with this unenviable job doesn’t have to be as daunting as it at first sounds; we’re not talking a full-scale sartorial renovation here but more of a determined tweak, helping you to navigate what you own, and wear, with comparative ease.
With that in mind, begin by separating the wheat from the chaff, extracting all of the clothes that you haven’t worn in the last year, and lay them out in front of you. This obviously doesn’t mean those big spend items such as outerwear and expensive knitwear but instead the T-shirts and shirts you’d actually forgotten you owned.
And here’s the thing. If you haven’t worn any of these garments in the last 12 months, then you’re probably never going to wear them again, so put your emotions on hold, be ruthless and purge. Once you’ve bagged-up these unwanted clothes for the local charity shop, what you’re left with is space in your wardrobe to navigate the task ahead.
Begin by organising your suits; assuming that you’re not wearing them as you WFH ( if you are, gold star for you) then for the time being at least they’ll be spending the foreseeable future hanging in your newly spacious wardrobe. Zip them into suit bags to stop them from collecting dust thus keeping them spotless.
As for your shirts, separate the smart from the casual and buy a set of sturdy wooden hangers to hang them on. The wire ones you collect your dry cleaning on just won’t do and by actually using hangers that match you’ll instantly make your wardrobe look a lot more organised. Once all of your shirts are in place, fasten the top two buttons only.
All T-shirts, lightweight knits and jeans can be folded and stored away, while trousers – both smart and casual – can be hung from wooden clip hangers.
Your underwear should be folded and kept in a separate draw from your socks which, when freshly laundered, should be balled into their matching pairs straight away. Also useful; invest in a good quality laundry basket because even dirty clothes need to be tidied away too.
A simple rack that hangs over your wardrobe door, or hooks screwed onto the inside, is a brilliant way to store your collection of impressive ties and belts, while footwear should be kept at the bottom of your wardrobe in their boxes.
Which, finally, brings us to the vexing issue of how to safely store your above mentioned favourite winter knitwear. Fold, never hang, and keep in storage boxes with the very important addition of cedarwood sachets or balls. This should go some way to keeping your knitwear nemesis, the pesky clothes moth, firmly at bay; unfortunately, if they do arrive uninvited for the all-you-can-eat woollen buffet, they tend to be the dinner guest that never knows when to leave.