Friday, 06 May 2016

Top tips: Decluttering your wardrobe

Yvonne Manomano, Cleaning Operation Manager at Handy- gives her best tips on de-cluttering your wardrobe in time for the summer months.

Written by Yvonne Manomano
As we only wear 20% of our wardrobes 80% of the time, a seasonal clear-out is a must. Here are Yvonne's Top Ten Tips for de-cluttering your wardrobe.

Choose a focal point to begin with - whether it's your clothes rack or your shelves, accessories or shoes. For example, if you are cleaning and organising your shelves, work on them until they are completely done and then move on to the next point. This way you will not have any unfinished jobs and will not feel overwhelmed.

Create extra storage
Even in the smallest of rooms there is always some hidden storage space like under the bed, under a seating bench or in built-in storage. Additionally, hanging hooks on the door and on the back of the wardrobe will create that all-important extra space.

Vacuum storage bags
This is the perfect way to store away the bulky winter items. Vacuum bags will save space in your bedroom and protect the pieces from getting dusty or damp.

Hang instead of fold
Even in summer, clothes can take up a lot of space and you can forget certain items just because they are at the bottom of the drawer, so instead of folding, try hanging them up. This will also make colour coding easy and will also show off all your options at once. This is also very true for items like belts – hanging them up always looks better and frees up extra space.

Wardrobe hanger trick
Getting rid of old clothes is not that easy, so I use these tested methods: find out what you don't wear by putting the hangers backwards on the rod and switching them when you wear the item, or put a post-it and remove it once you wear the clothes. This way you will find figure out what you wear and what you don't in no time.

Try everything on
It may seem like a huge task, but it is a must! Even if something looks great hanging up, it might not be comfortable to wear, or you might simply not like it anymore. Trying on all the clothes will make it easier knowing which ones suit you and you should keep, and which need to be thrown out for new space to be created!

Take your time
Getting rid of clothes can be difficult, especially if you have lots of them or if they hold sentimental value. Every time you get stressed out take a break, grab a cup of tea and think about the reasons for your de-clutter. This will keep you stress-free and motivated.

With what you have left, make sure you iron and de-bobble - you will realise how much you actually have by restoring items to their original state. When we cram clothes all together, they are likely to be creased. Line all your clothes up, put your music on and get ironing! You can also save clothes that have gathered fibre balls by running a razor along the fabric and then use sticky tape to collect the excess off your garment.

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