I am sure we have all stood at our wardrobe doors and looked into the sea of unorganised clutter in the hope that a wrinkle-free outfit will jump right out at us. Wardrobes can be a stressful place, full of the mess that you’ve accumulated over the years. You’ve made 100 excuses so far, but there is no time like the present to organise your wardrobe and make the most of the storage space you’ve got.

We’ve listed our top 6 tips on how to organise and de-clutter your wardrobe space.

  1. De-clutter and edit

Start with one big clear out and you’ll know exactly what you’re working with. Go through each and every piece of clothing in your wardrobe and be ruthless. Set up three piles, Keep, Sell and Donate. A really great tip is to only keep something if you’ve worn it in the last 6 months unless it’s occasion-wear such as a formal dress or suit. Try things on as you go along, if it doesn’t fit anymore you can either sell or donate it.

After you’ve had a mass clear out, you’ll be able to see clothes you might have forgotten you had. You’ll also be able to see clearly what you’ve got to work with and it’ll make the task of organisation much easier.

Now that you’ve de-cluttered, you need to continually edit your wardrobe to avoid hoarding everything again. A simple tip for continuous editing is for every new item you purchase, an old one has to go. You can sell your pre-loved clothes on popular sites such as eBay or Depop or donate to a local charity.

  1. Organise by category and then colour

It might be time-consuming, but you’ll thank yourself in the morning when you’re trying to put an outfit together quickly. You could organise everything by garment type or occasion and then put similar colours together.

  1. Invest in the right equipment

Matching hangers will not only look great, but you’ll create much more space in your wardrobe too. Mis-matching hangers can make your wardrobe look even messier than it already is.

You might want to invest in drawer dividers or shelving units to optimise the space you already have. These are great ideas for keeping accessories tidy.

  1. Separate the seasons

A fantastic tip for creating more space in your wardrobe is to separate the seasons. For this time of year, you could remove all your  Summer clothes, fold them into storage bags and put them away until the sunshine returns next year. Bring out all your chunky knitwear and hang them neatly, so you can see exactly what you have.

  1. Give everything a home

The key to organisation is to give everything a home. Use your space strategically and create a drawer or section for everything in your wardrobe. If you’re short for space, you can use hooks or boxes for accessories, underwear or socks. By giving everything a home, you will eliminate mess and clutter.

  1. Don’t forget about shoes

If you keep your shoes in their original boxes to prevent dust, you should tape photos of the shoes to the side of the box to save you time. You’ll be able to skim over the boxes without having to go through them all and make a mess.

If you don’t have your shoes in boxes, you might want to consider investing in a good quality shoe rack to organise and display your shoes as neatly as possible. Again, you’ll see exactly what you have instead of keeping everything hidden away.