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...

 

The Organised Wardrobe ~ Some “Pinspiration”

 As the sorting, culling and crying comes to an end, I am ready to start organising the clothes that do fit the kids.   I am lucky enough to have both shelves and hanging space in their wardrobes.  But I could always do with some pinspiration as to how to keep the space ORGANISED!

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This looks very similar to the ELFA storage system from Howards storage world. Such a clever personalised storage system.  Love those clear drawer and itsy bitsy hanging racks!

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Those gorgeous baskets would be great for underwear, socks, singlets, hats, togs…you know those small items that always look messy?

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This is an easy one to imitate as I have seen this exact unit at IKEA!  Its great because once again it makes use of the space under hanging clothes by using drawers and baskets.  It could also be used in a room that does not have a built in wardrobe!

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This is very inxpensive and yet very effective way to organise a wardrobe, especially for a little one and if you don’t have drawers.

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Two siblings in one room?  This would be perfect!  It even has a spot for shoes!

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Why should the kids have all the fun, oops I mean organised wardrobe space.  Totally unrealistic but worth a dream and drool. 

What’s the purpose of all this “pinspiration”?  Most of these set ups are unrealistic ad expensive but they offer some great ideas.  Heres what I am taking form these pictures.

1.  Use the space under childrens hanging clothes.  Childrens clothes are short and this leaves a lot of space under clothes, a great spot for some drawers, baskets or even adding another clothes rail.

2.  Little items are best stored in baskets or containers.

3.  Some items are best stored on shelves, if you don’t have shelves the hanging organisers are perfect.

4.  Coathangers of the same colour make the wardrobe look less cluttered.  As does a huge cull of what your children wear!  None of these wardrobes are overflowing with clothes!

5.  Neatly folded clothes costs you nothing and looks amazingly neat and tidy.

So now I need baskets, coathangers, neatly folded clothes and a few hours of uninterrupted time.  Not quite sure how that last will happen with my Pigeon Pair around!  Stay tuned!

To see  my board of  “wardrobe” pins go to.http://pinterest.com/MyPigeonPair/wardrobe/ 

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