My wardrobe is something that I really let go. So much so, that I really don’t want to show any before photos… I believe it’s one of those spots, like a Tupperware/plastics cupboard that you need to keep on top of really regularly or any form of “organisation” will vanish quicker than a tub of Ben and Jerry’s.
I started just throwing on whatever was easiest in the morning because I needed to get that closet door shut. After deciding I want to be excited to get up and get dressed every morning, I went to Kmart and spent a small amount of money on some purchases. Here is my updated wardrobe.
I started the way I do all of my decluttering and organising. I clear the area entirely, clean the area (wipe down, vacuum, etc), then sort everything into piles: Keep, Throw, Donate. Often you will find there are things you want to keep, but they really don’t belong in that area. That is where I create two Keep piles so I know what needs to elsewhere.
I clear out my clothes and shoes at least once a year and I don’t buy a lot of new ones so my wardrobe was already looking pretty good. I go through my wardrobe and if I don’t love a piece, haven’t worn it in a long time or don’t think I ever will, I get rid of it. Now that I have some basic sewing skills I put some of these clothes aside if I get ideas on how to refashion them. They go into a basket under my craft desk so that I can go through it later when I have a chance.
I had this old bookcase in the lounge room that didn’t suit the rest of our furniture so I stole it and put it in the cupboard to use as a shoe rack!
Do you store a gazillion appliance boxes on the top shelf of your wardrobe because you simply “MUST” keep them. I did. Why?! You know what? I’m not sure either! They were sorted into what really should be kept, and boxes that have no place in our home. The ones that I felt could stay were stored (neatly) in a cupboard in our garage.
My bags and hats/beanies are still a bit cluttered, but they are containerised now with these big baskets from Kmart. I use these baskets all over my house because I love the way that I can keep things looking neat without even trying and I still know where everything is. I created these cute little tags out of journal cards from Kaisercraft Captured Moments and some twine I found in the stationery section at Target. Such an easy, cheap and cute way to keep track of all of the goodies I am putting so high up.
Because they are so high up I put those baskets right at the front of the shelf so they are easier for me to reach. I didn’t want to waste any space up the back so I have put my Christmas wrapping paper bag and my ordinary wrapping bag right at the back there so they aren’t impossible to get to, but are out of the way.
*I always keep lots of spare wrapping, gift bags and cards around for last minute gift giving sessions! I used a simple under the bed wardrobe storage bag to hold all of these goodies.
Simple changes, and not the most elegant closet (Carrie Bradshaw isn’t going to come knocking on my door any time soon asking to admire it) but I am really happy with my super functional wardrobe. I can wait until we build our forever home for a more glamorous closet.
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