This question comes from one of my beautiful followers over on Instagram. Honestly, it’s times like this, that I wish I had a clue about how to edit video because this would be much more effective to show you via YouTube but that’s not going to happen overnight so let’s just play to my strengths here …

I love organising my wardrobe. I find it really therapeutic and for me, there’s nothing better than opening a wardrobe to see it laid out all neat & tidy. Over the years, I’ve refined the way I like to organise whether it be mine or a clients wardrobe and regardless of if I’m working with a 1 metre wide space or a huge walk in space, there are a few key things that I’d always do the same –

HANG WHERE POSSIBLE

If space permits, I prefer to hang all of my clothes except for knitwear as these would distort out of shape if they were hung. If you have a lot of clothes, hanging also ensures that you can see what you own which means you’ll be more likely to wear it. I can name every item of clothing that I have, so for me, I can get away with folding a few extra things like my jeans.

RISE TO THE RIGHT

In Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Magic Art of Tidying’, she suggests hanging clothes so that they ‘rise to the right’. To do this, I hang long & heavy items on the left side of my wardrobe and shorter items on the right. Long items include outerwear such as coats, followed by jumpsuits and dresses. As you move towards the right side of the hanging space, the length of the clothes gets shorter. By category, long outerwear would be on the far left, followed by jumpsuits, dresses, trousers, skirts, jackets and tops. To do this well, try to visually create a sloping effect that slopes up to the right as this has actually been proven to make people feel more comfortable to look at.

BY COLOUR

If you own a copy of my Fashion eBook, you’ll know that I use colour schemes to style a lot of my outfits so organising my wardrobe by colour as well helps me to increase the versatility of my wardrobe and think outside the square when it comes to dressing. It’s easier to see if two colours work well together if they are located one another. I start with my darkest shade to the left (black) with white being my final shade on the right. If I have a print, pattern or stripe that includes a few different colours, I’ll hang this with whatever the most dominant colour is. 

SLEEVE WIDTH

To really emphasise Marie Kondo’s ‘rise to the right’, I like to go one step further and organise each category and colour by sleeve length too. I hang items with long sleeves to the far left of each category and colour and items with little to no sleeves (sleeveless/ thin spaghetti straps) to the far right of each category and colour. FOR EXAMPLE – I’ll hang white long sleeve shirts to the far left followed by 3/4  length sleeves, elbow length sleeves, cap sleeves, spaghetti strap sleeves and finally no sleeves/ sleeveless styles to the far right.

KON MARI FOLD

For all folded items, I use and have suggested the Kon Mari method for years which I’ve found to be the most effective when it comes to saving space and keeping clothes in great condition.

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