Declutter your wardrobe now

by By Michelle Chin (mchin@sph.com.sg)
published on 12 July 2016

Tidy your wardrobe and discard unwanted items. A well-ordered closet makes it easier and quicker to select outfits.


Ms Nathalie Ricaud, a professional organiser who helps individuals and families declutter and organise spaces, shares her expertise.


1. Categorise your clothes


Sort all your clothes into categories. Ms Ricaud said a category will be based on the first thing that comes to your mind when you wish to retrieve the item. Different categories could include type (T-shirts, pants, skirts and dresses), occasion (office wear or casual wear), or colours.


2. Remove unwanted items


Consider how many pieces of clothing you need that fit your storage space and lifestyle. Analyse items in each category. Keep your favourites and what you require. Get rid of the others.


For instance, if you have 10 black office blouses that look pretty similar, discard those you hardly wear.


Remove items that no longer fit you, or are out of shape, torn, faded, stained, or uncomfortable to wear.


Ms Ricaud said that your clothes should empower you, and not weigh you down.


She said: “If you have a few items that you really love but cannot wear, either get them altered or put them aside on a higher shelf or in a box.


“Give yourself a deadline – maybe two weeks to alter them, or three months to six months to fit into these clothes. If you have not altered them or cannot fit into them by the deadline, get rid of them.”


3. Maximise your closet space


Place hooks on your wardrobe doors to hang your belts, purses, and other accessories.


Hang longer items such as dresses on one side of your closet, and shorter items such as blouses on the other side. To maximise space, put a little stacking rack below the blouses.


Place organisers in your drawers to seperate socks, scarves, hats, and underwear.


Stow extra bed sheets and blankets into storage boxes and place them under your bed or in higher shelves.