Organising My Wardrobe ~ Part One

I hope you are sitting down….my name is Larissa and this is my wardrobe. Don’t judge.

Ok so it could be worse.  It was.  This is an after before photo.  You know the kind where you are half way through the job and realise you didn’t take a before pic! This wardrobe is all kinds of messy.  But you get an idea of the layout.  It’s not perfect but pretty good.  We have long hanging space (in the middle) short hanging space and shelf (under the window on the left) and shelves (on the right).  To the left of this picture is almost the same layout but for “his” stuff.  My side is suffering.

It has been diagnosed with the following problems;

1. Overfull.  This wardrobe has a nasty habit of holding on to stuff. Ok so it might not be the wardrobes problem but no one is playing the blame game here.  It is FULL of clothes that are past their style used by date, don’t fit and need mending.

2. Mismatched hangers and baskets.  Basically the system is find a hanger or find a space and throw it in.

3. No labels. Baskets that aren’t labelled which results in a “rummage” for clothes.  I can never find anything I am looking for and over time undewear has ended up with socks and swimwear with the stockings.

4. Folding.  Is just not happening.  I am sorting but just into piles.

So I am honest.  I know what my problems are and now I am going to fix them!

Step 1.  Purge and Sort.

I gave away a LOT of clothes.  Most of it was things that no longer fitted (damn that baby weight) and things that quite frankly should have never been bought.  I am an ebay procrastinator so this wasn’t an option for me.  I gave a select few items away to friends but most is destined for our local charity store.  The best things about this part were the discoveries!  I actually had more clothes that are wearable for this winter than I thought!! 

Step 2. Hang.  

I bought packs of black plastic hangers 12 for $3 from Kmart.  I now have matching hangers!!!  Of course I would more gorgeous looking wooden hangers but that wasn’t in the budget.  Baby steps.  Step 1 and 2,  took me one day.  I don’t have an ace team of organisers surprising me with their expertise.  But I do have kids. I am realistic.  They are great distractions.  This was going to take time.   But I was prepared to do it!

Step 3. More purging and sorting!

So by this stage we are now onto Day 2.  Time to attack the other wall of my wardrobe.  The photo above is where I store socks, underwear, swimwear, stockings, the little things! This also had to be purged and sorted.  They were a mess!  Because these are on a high shelf and unlabelled I have not been able to see what is in them!  This has not helped my morning getting ready for work process!Step 4. Folding.

 I had some crudely folded piles of sort of sorted tops.  This was a great nap time actvity!  Just me, my clothes, my flipfold and a daytime movie!  Would it be wrong to say it was actually kind of enjoyable?

So that is the end of Day 2.  

I have clothes that are purged, sorted, hung, containerised and folded!  

Not bad progress I say…..but wait there’s more…a whole other day worth….stay tuned...



  1. That’s an awesome space. I have a WIR, but it’s probably, at best 2/3 that size. I want shorter hanging spaces too!

    • The short hanging spaces really make the most of the space! We love that it helped us provide space for a window! Makes the wardrobe light and bright!

  2. I’m so jealous of all that space. Mine is like a quarter of the size.

  3. That’s pretty good progress – wardrobes are a big job. I’ve done a heap of spring cleaning over the last few weeks but our wardrobe is the final frontier. It’s just so daunting. It must feel good to have made such progress!

  4. Wow! Good on you for tackiling such a massive daunting task! It looks like you are making such good progress – I am impressed that you did so much sorting and purging!

  5. Well done – especially on having more clothes that are wearable for this winter than you thought!!

  6. Can you come and do mine when you are finished? I started mine last week and I just got overwhelmed with it all and gave up!

  7. !!!!OH!!!!! Do you have one of those tshirt folding things? They are soooo cool!! Must buy one for hubby for birthday (hmm onto that one now)

    I don’t want to show you a picture of my wardrobe.. it is so over stuffed with clothes and clutter that the shelves are falling apart…

    Must get hubby onto that one!! 🙂

    Great post to remind us we need to declutter!!!

  8. *jealous* One day, I WILL have a WIR, lol! And one with a window would be beautiful!! But yes, I will be sure to design it efficiently – shorter hanging spaces are so much more efficient I think. And hopefully there will be the budget for wooden coathangers – there’s just something so nice and elegant about them, isn’t there?! Can’t wait to see what it all looks like in the end!

  9. We are moving house tomorrow.. I plan to organise the wardrobes as I go.. hopefully it will be easier to keep them tidy this way!

    Great job!

  10. One more tip for you. You don’t need to buy wooden hangers for all your clothes (unless you have a money tree growing in your garden, of which if you do have please tell me where you get one because I so need one!) BUT, it’s good to have a handful of wooden ones for your jackets, coats and cardigans. That way you won’t change the shape of your jackets, coats and cardigans the plastic hangers might do.

  11. Oh I know I have to do this too :o(
    But I’d rather sew!

  12. I think its great that you didn’t give up after day 1! I may have!

  13. What a task – I wouldn’t even dare start mine and it is about a quarter the size of yours! And I want a flip foldy thing – like from Big Bang Theory – want!!


  14. I need to do this so badly. My excuse is that hubs and I currently do not have draws, so what’s the point really… Bad, I know. Well done!

  15. I wish my after photo looked like your before photo! My wardrobe is bad, bad, BAD!! I can’t wait to see your reorganised space. I’m desperately waiting for my dad to come help me do mine.

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