Wardrobe Organisation: 5 Easy Tips

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Wardrobe organisation is like any other home keeping task...it can be easy, or it can be complicated. If you have the skills, tools and budget to do a wardrobe makeover complete with built-in components, then by all means go for it! If not, then you are in the right place. These wardrobe organisation tips are what I like to call Real Life DIY. Anyone can do this. No special skills or tools required. It can be done all at once, or in phases if there are budget constraints. 
The tips I'm sharing can be used in any sort of wardrobe and there is no installation required. I live in a 1960's home with long wardrobes that aren't very deep. I have used all of these tips to keep things organised but more about that at the end. First you need the proper tools to get the job done.
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1. Portable Drawers

Plastic,  portable drawers are budget friendly and most come on wheels so they are movable.  They are an investment that you can use in almost every area of your home...especially in wardrobes. They come in a variety of sizes and colours.
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2. Fabric boxes with lids

Fabric boxes are a step up from a basic plastic box. They are the perfect thing to store items on the shelves. Make sure to get boxes with lids either attached or included. Closed storage is the secret to keeping your items clean and dust-free.
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3. Velvet Hangers

Discovering  velvet hangers was sort of a life-changing moment for me! Not only do they give your wardrobe a cohesive look, they can also double your rod space. The thin design and flocked covering keep your clothing hung neatly.
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Skirt Hangers

I don't wear skirts, but I do wear shorts. I don't like to keep my shorts in drawers because most of the time they get wrinkled. I can eliminate that and clear out drawer space by hanging my shorts on a  skirt hanger. Works like a charm!
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4. Scarf/Tie Storage

These 4 rod velvet hangers are actually meant for trousers...but I use them to store my husband's ties. They are neatly hung in his wardrobe, easily seen and the flocked coating keeps the ties from falling off. These hangers are also the perfect storage for scarves.
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5. Garment Bags

We all have clothing that we only wear occasionally...maybe even less than that.  Garment bags are the answer for keeping those items clean and dust-free. Garment bags come in a variety of sizes and lengths. I have two long ones for dresses and two shorter ones for trousers and tops. I also use garment bags to store sentimental items such as my daughter's first communion dress, graduation robes and Halloween costumes.
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The How-To

As with any organisational project, the first step is to empty the space. I honestly think that's the only way you can see what you are working with. Next step is to clean, followed by adding your storage tools. One optional thing to do which makes a huge difference is to give your wardrobe a fresh coat of paint.
For my wardrobe project, I first hung all my clothes on velvet (or flocked) hangers. Instead of sorting by colour, I sorted by item. The order from left to right was short sleeved shirts, tanks, shorts, trousers, long sleeved tops, jumpers, jackets and dresses.
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Next was adding drawer storage to fill up the wasted empty space on the floor. Three plastic sets of drawers enabled me to organise my shoes and underwear. I had enough space on both ends of the wardrobe to hang long items such as dresses. I am not a big dress person so I needed just a tiny bit of room. If you have tons of dresses, just eliminate one of the portable drawer sections. I am using the top of the drawers to store shoes I wear every day.
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The fabric boxes on the wardrobe shelf are for housing handbags, soft luggage like  Vera Bradley bags plus odds and ends.
There isn't a lot of measuring involved in a project like this but do make sure the storage items you buy will fit your space.
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For more tips on organising any space in your home just click HERE.
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