So, I asked on Instagram Stories whether you guys would like me to write about how I organise my wardrobe, and the answer was a resounding yes - like, 95% of you said yes. So here we are! With a post that is 100% an opportunity to sneak into my bedroom and see the intense amount of clothing I've built up over 35 years of loving fashion. Yes, I am aware I own a lot of clothes *wink*
Quicksy disclaimer - despite what Instagram and Pinterest would have you believe, wardrobes are hard to photograph. I didn't tidy up for this because I wanted to be authentic - okay, because I'm lazy - so you're seeing it as it is day to day. Crowded, but also very tidy in a way that suggests I have control issues. I am what I am. Let's do this.
First, organise by type
In this wardrobe I've only done one kind of organising - by type. I do not now, nor will I ever, understand how people can live without categorising their clothes. If you are able to just throw tops in with pants in with skirts in with dresses in a mish-mash of stuff, please comment below and explain yourself (unless the answer is "I am a minimalist and only own 20 items of clothing" in which case, I salute you).
You'll recall that one of my tips for creating new inspiration in your wardrobe is to do a reshuffle, which in a fit of madness I've done twice this year. This wardrobe is currently a victim of that double-shuffle, and needs another step of organising. Ideally, I'd put all my skirts in order of length and all my pants in order of colour (it is so satisfying, but it is so hard to achieve from this point). Since I have good recall for clothes (eerily so) it doesn't really matter how I arrange things - I'm generally in there looking for something specific. I just prefer things to be in some kind of pleasing visual display.
I also organise shoes by type - in this wardrobe we have block heels and flat ankle boots (plus one pair of flats down the bottom that needed a home).
Fold denim and knitwear
When I see jumpers hanging on a clothes hanger, I feel physically uncomfortable. Please don't do this.
I fold denim because I own about 20 pairs of jeans dating back something like 15 years, and that shiz is heavy. I am legit worried that if I hang these, the wardrobe will finally give up its valiant battle and the entire fitting will part from the wall in a shower of gib and regret. Plus, this means I can see all the pairs easily.
In the photo below you can see my jumpers folded on the top shelf. I love a good chunky jumper but those things are blimming impossible to fit in the beautiful but tiny rimu drawers I bought with absolutely no regard for practicality. Again, this way I can see (a) that I need to buy ZERO jumpers this year or for the next 17 years and (b) all the colours, easily. I'm a fan of seeing folded things like this, as you will see further down. May I remind you all that vintage knitwear is awesome. It's usually stupidly cheap, really well made, super warm and thick, and all you need to do is pop it in the freezer for 48 hours and then wash it (this ensures you don't bring any moths into your wardrobe).
(Again, shoes organised by type - this time, the veritable army of pointy-toed high heels that I wear almost every day for work. I'm the living embodiment of "buy the things you like in every colour" combined with "have your shoes protected so they last a long time" = lots of shoes).
Sleeve length and colour
On the left we have all my shirts. I organise them firstly by sleeve length (above elbow length on the very left, then everything below elbow length on the right of that). I live in Wellington, where it's fairly cool year round - with occasional bumper summers - so longer sleeves dominate. I've roughly organised them again by colour, and I'm sure you can see why I had to say "no more white shirts Megan" to myself while shopping with Julie yesterday.
On the right we have dresses. Currently they're arranged by sleeve length, because I think I pick dresses depending on the weather (again). The problem with this is that not all short sleeve dresses are for hot weather, and not all long sleeved dresses are for cool weather. This also means that the hemlines are higgledy-piggledy along the bottom which is not visually appealing at all. I can almost guarantee that one morning I'll wake up early and feel weirdly motivated to rearrange this.
Coats and padded hangers
If you own a coat, please put it on a padded hanger that fits its shoulders. Coats are (generally) really heavy, and narrow hangers will damage the coat by putting too much pressure onto too small a point in the garment.
I like to hang my coats up in the open instead of in a cupboard, because they're outerwear and I want to make sure they can breathe during winter when they are going out in the damp. This rail is in my office, where I sit every night with the heater on in winter, and so I can be confident that even if they're still the slightest bit damp, they will get dried out.
I would like to immediately state that I was folding my tshirts like this long before Marie Kondo came along. Like denim and knitwear, I like to see what's in the drawer.
Then there's socks and tights (a very popular drawer in winter), and although I balked at taking a photo of it, you can assume my underwear drawer is similarly Extra Tidy. I went through a phase of just throwing stuff in, in the name of getting rid of extraneous chores, but I found that filled me with despair when my tights got tangled and snagged and I couldn't find matching socks. Ultimately, five minutes on putting things away neatly was the better life bargain.
So there you go guys - curiosity sated, I hope, and perhaps some inspiration for organising your wardrobe now we're trucking into a new season. Keep an eye on Instagram Stories and you'll be able to see what those two wardrobes look like once I'm inspired and motivated to tidy them all the way to the max!