A professional organiser's space-saving solutions for your wardrobe

No matter how large our wardrobe is, we often feel it’s just too small.  If you struggle to fit all your clothes in your wardrobe in an organised fashion, check out these practical space saving solutions from professional organiser Nathalie Ricaud.

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Space-saving solutions for your wardrobe


Keep only what you need, use and love

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  • Break the 20/80 rule. Most people use 20% of their clothes 80% of the time, the rest just hangs there taking up valuable space.  Before you look at any space saving solutions, go through your clothes and keep only the ones that you love and make you feel good, that fit you, that are in good condition and that you feel comfortable wearing.  Let go of the rest.  
  • Be ruthless. Do not put back in your closet any clothes you know you won’t wear again or that you no longer love.  Throw away anything which is not in good condition and that can’t be altered. Keep a box in your closet for clothes you plan to donate, give away or sell.  When the box or bag is full, deal with it.
  • Resist the urge to buy when you can rent or borrow.  For example, an evening gown for a themed party that you will realistically be wearing only once should be rented, not purchased.

Store less frequently used items out of the way

  • Reserve prime space.  That space below eye level and that you can reach without needing a stool or ladder - for your most-used items so you get to see them, and hence use them.
  • Move out of this space items that are less frequently used. out-of-season clothes, ski gear or resort wear, your handbags, shoes or hats, or clothes that you are hoping to fit in at some stage. Well, you should really try to let go of most of them really because I’m pretty sure once you’ll have lost the weight, you will want to reward yourself with brand new clothes, and that would be perfectly understandable! These items can be stored on the highest shelf of your wardrobe, on top of it, underneath your bed, or behind your folded clothes if you have deep shelves.
  • Hide them away in boxes.  Transparent plastic containers with a lid and wheels are perfect to store items under your bed and protect them from the dust.  Or invest in nice baskets if they are visible.

Make use of vertical space

  • A two-tier closet. If the height of your wardrobe permits, install a second rod under the main rod to create extra hanging.  This works well for children, men and women who don’t have long clothes/dresses to hang.  The top rod can be used for shirts and blouses, the bottom rod for skirts and pants.
  • How to hang. Wooden hangers look nice but can be quite bulky and I personally prefer thick plastic hangers over wire hangers which can get easily entangled.  Choosing hangers uniform in size and colour will make your closet look nice and orderly.
  • Invest in multi-tier hangers.  I’m personally not a big fan of this option as I find you can’t properly see all your clothes and it’s also not so easy to access them. But it’s definitely worth considering if your hanging space is limited. Don’t waste the space behind your bedroom and wardrobe doors.  Make use of door hangers, rails, hooks or pocket organisers. They can be used for handbags, scarves, belts, jewellery.
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Store less frequently used items out of the way.
— Nathalie Ricaud

 Author Profile : Nathalie Ricaud

Nathalie Ricaud is a professional organiser and the founder of Get Organised & Beyond. She helps families who feel overwhelmed by all the stuff they’ve accumulated in their homes or by all the activities they’re trying to fit into their schedule.  She helps them learn to let go of things that are just stressing them out and establish systems so they can feel in control of their homes and lives again.  She’s the author of a blog, a regular speaker at events and conferences and is regularly published in print and online media. Do you dream of having an organised wardrobe full of clothes you’ll wear and will make you feel empowered?  In her Wardrobe Bliss workshops series, Nathalie will teach you how to declutter and organise your wardrobe and how to maintain it organised. 

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