STUCK indoors? Why not make use of the time by sorting through your wardrobe. As the new season kicks in, this is the time to work out what we will need in summer.
Instagram sensations The Style Sisters have built a business clearing out closets, charging upward of £250 for a wardrobe sort.
Friends Charlotte Reddington, who previously worked in interior design, and fashion stylist Gemma Lilly, 31, have amassed 149,000 followers as celeb wardrobe organisers.
They have helped the likes of Stacey Solomon, Rochelle Humes, Vicky Pattison and Vogue Williams, and landed their star clients mainly via social media.
Charlotte, 32, says: “We figured everyone has a wardrobe, and most of us neglect it due to being too busy.
There’s no need to make it a chore, just have fun with it. Organising your clothes will change your morning routine and make life easier.”
Here, Charlotte and Gemma share their tips.
WAVE GOODBYE TO WINTER
Establish seasonal wardrobes by separating items and storing away what you won’t wear come summer.
This can be done by vacuum-packing items and hiding them away in a suitcase or storage boxes under the bed.
When the time comes, switch over your seasons.
Fold bulky jumpers neatly into bin liners. Using a vacuum, wrap the top of the bin liner round the nozzle and turn on.
This will suck the air out of the bag and shrink it so that your winter clothes will take up less space.
Use bin liners to act as vacuum bags, and again use the same trick to shrink clothes in size and utilise more space for your bulky winter coats.
Stuff boots with old plastic shopping bags to help keep their shape.
Tissue or newspaper will go damp after time.
PREPARE YOUR LOOK
If you’re not self-isolating, or just want to look good on Skype calls, save time by getting outfits ready for each day so you do not rush before work.
Hang blazers and trousers together on one hanger and add a shirt to the outfit by using a fizzy drink can tab — put the larger hole of a ring pull over the silver neck of a hanger and loop a second hanger through the smaller hole.
You can hang whole outfits together using this method — for evenings and parties too.
GET BACK TO BASICS
If in doubt, have an outfit ready to wear.
Trend-led basics you wear daily can be hung together in bottom-top-coat order so they are always there as a go-to.
When clearing out, keep hold of key pieces and essentials that you know you will wear again.
Trench coats, skinny jeans, a white shirt — these can be used as a base to build an outfit around, whatever the trend.
Colour-coordinating your wardrobe is all-important.
Coordinate within each item category, hanging similar shades of jackets together, then tops and so on.
If you have a lot of bright colours, group together white in the middle so it makes it clearer to see what you’ve got and breaks up the bold hues.
HANG IN THERE
Hangers are the skeleton to your wardrobe — and slimline felt ones are best.
You will be surprised how they double up the space you actually have, if you get rid of bulkier styles.
Aesthetically, too, your wardrobe will instantly look more organised and neat.
If you do not want to buy new hangers, use elastic bands on the ends to stop thin straps slipping off the ends.
Use shower hooks on the horizontal bottom of hangers for looping scarves.
You can get slimline velvet hangers at Asda (£2 for five).
A good way to learn whether you really need to hang on to something is by turning the hanger heads so they are all facing back-to-front.
With each item you wear, turn it to face back in the normal direction.
After six months, whichever items are still facing in the opposite direction you can either donate or store.
We like to try on items before ditching them, and pairing them with something we have not worn it with before may make you re-love the item and freshen it up.
STORE YOUR SMALLS
Underwear drawers can easily get out of control.
Storage and recycling tips
FASHION editor CLEMMIE FIELDSEND says: Living in shared houses and flats in London for the past ten years or so, I’ve picked up a fair few storage hacks, and learnt the best ways to give unwanted clothes a new home. Here are my tips:
- Fold jumpers, and jersey or cotton materials. Hang dresses, coats, trousers and delicate fabrics.
- Save shoe boxes and re-label or paint them in coloured themes to store accessories.
- Twist belts into tight inward circles for space, which also keeps their shape.
- Use S-hooks to hang your jeans by the belt loops, which saves on folding them over and doubling the space they take up. (S-hooks, £2.50 for five, Ikea).
- Put smaller clutch bags in bigger tote sizes to keep them neat and dust-free.
- Shoes should be placed toe to heel next to each other, whether you have them standing up or lying down.
- Take unwanted clothes to charity shops or clothing banks in supermarket car parks.
- Or hand them in at High Street stores such as Primark, M&S, New Look and H&M (if they are still open) that have clothing banks – some of which offer incentives for discounts.
- Recycling clothing apps allows you to get rid of unwanted garments without leaving your home. Try eBay, Depop, ReGain and Vinted.
- If you cannot get out, or have too much to carry, your clothes can be collected from your home. The British Heart Foundation offers a free collection service.
Organise your bras and pants as if your drawer was in a Victoria’s Secret shop — stacking the cups of particular bra brands and laying out the knickers parallel.
This will keep the shape of bras and lets you see everything you have.
You could colour-coordinate too.
- With thanks to Ikea
Inside Amanda Holden’s immaculate walk-in-wardrobe with endless racks of designer heels and perfectly-organised make-up drawers
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