How to organise your wardrobe

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There are endless ways to organise your wardrobe. With the UK currently under lockdown conditions due to the pandemic, you can no longer use the ‘I’m too busy’ excuse. Now is the perfect time to rearrange your wardrobe. Not sure where to start? Express.co.uk chats to Instagram superstar and professional Home Organiser Nicola Lewis, also known as @thisgirlcanorganise, to find out her top tips.

There’s no time like the present, says Nicola.

Nicola’s book ‘Mind Over Clutter’ talks you through the process of cleaning your way to a calm and happy home.

It’s the ultimate guide to eco-cleaning and arranging your home in a practical, sustainable and meaningful way.

The book is packed with step-by-step and room-by-room plans, with the end-goal being a decluttered and organised home.

Keep reading for a sneak peek of the book and Nicola’s top tips for a pristine wardrobe.

How to organise your wardrobe

Nicola Lewis, author of ‘Mind over Clutter’, is a professional Home Organiser (Image: Getty)

Get into your happy place

First things first, you’ve got to get in the right mindset to tidy up your wardrobe.

Nicola said: “When organising your wardrobe, I always recommend getting into your happy place.

“Whack on the music or a podcast, or burn your favourite candle.

“Do whatever makes you smile.”

Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to get started.

Moths

There are more than 2,500 types of moth in the UK, and some of these pesky creatures will damage your clothes.

You might find several large holes beyond repair in your favourite items, or large-scale infestation in vintage clothing.

This is because moths love clothes made from natural fibres, and they don’t care how important or expensive the item is.

Nicola said: “To prevent pesky moths from attacking your clothes, fill linen drawstring bags or pop socks with a handful of dried lavender.

“Hang it inside your wardrobe to repel the moths.”

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Hangers

There are loads of hangers on the market, so consider your choices wisely.

Nicola explained: “Slim velvet hangers are great for shirts, dresses and lightweight blazers.

“Wooden hangers are perfect for men’s suits and heavy weighted coats.

“For skirts and trousers, you’re better off with clip hangers.

“You can hang skirts and trousers separately from your other clothes and organise them in category order.”

Space

Not everyone has a huge walk-in wardrobe, so it is important to make the most of what you’ve got.

Nicola advised: “If you don’t have space in your wardrobe to hang all of your clothes, you can store your seasonal items separately.

“In spring and summer pop your winter wardrobe away in moth protective bags, and vice versa.

“Then, store the bags under your bed or in the loft.”

Declutter

Start off by removing sections of your wardrobe and either place them on your bed or on a free-standing clothes rail, said Nicola.

Nicola said: “Keep the clothes that make you smile.

“If you haven’t worn something in two years, then it’s a sure sign you don’t really like this item, or maybe it doesn’t fit.

“Decide whether you are going to make the effort to get back into this item or if it can benefit someone else.”

Organise

There’s no hard or fast rule to organising, said Nicola.

It’s all personal preference, as what works for you wouldn’t necessarily work for someone else.

Nicola said: “Consider your space and how you’d like to see your clothes.”

Possible options include ordering the garments by colour, category, or season.

She added: “Once it’s done, you will be totally in control again.

“You will be calmer, focused and feel on top of the world.”


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