‘File fashion’: how to organize your wardrobe to dress more easily | australian way of life

Jhe fantasy of opening your closet to find neat rows of color-coded shirts, jackets, and pants is pretty universal. In fact, in two separate and strange fashion jobs, I was paid by a superior to organize theirs.

The process usually starts with a cleaning, because any type of organization is helped by space. What follows may be more complicated.

This week, we got expert advice on what to hang vs. what to fold, and the best order to put things away.

Visibility is key

A well-organized wardrobe should make dressing easier. According to Kirsty Farrugia, professional organizer and owner of the Art of Decluttering, it helps to be able to see each item individually when deciding what to wear.

She advises, “If you end up not being able to see everything, it can make you forget you even had certain pieces because you can’t see them.”

Elinor McInnes, creative director of slow fashion brand Joslin, recommends having shelves in your closet so you can see what you’ve folded next to what’s hanging and mentally put an outfit together without having to get anything out. To help with visibility, she organizes everything by category, then by color and tone.

Organize the way you dress

Make sure that any items you have on high rotation (meaning you wear them at least once a week) are easily accessible. Mary Poulakis, the general manager of Harrolds, says they focus on “easy access to frequently worn pieces like favorite disposable t-shirts, blouses, shirts and jackets”.

Likewise, McInnes has a section for her favorite “matching outfits” that are worn often. She says to make sure the section is in the most accessible part of your wardrobe and advises, “If you regularly wear an outfit together, always store it together.”

Storing the clothes you put on last, including accessories and outerwear, in a separate part of your closet or home can make dressing easier. Photography: Fantasy/Veer/Corbis/Getty Images

Finally, Poulakis recommends putting away “clothes in the order you get ready in the morning.” So you can first reach for your underwear and underwear, then your t-shirts or shirts, your pants or skirts, then your jackets or sweaters, then your coats and accessories.

Of course, dressing is personal, so if you’re building an outfit from the shoes, the way you organize your closet might be different than someone dressing top-down.

Have a wear zone

Another thing that can make dressing easier is to install a few hooks inside your closet so you have somewhere to hang clothes that have been worn but don’t need to be washed at all. right now. McInnes says, “it keeps the mess off the floor and reduces the amount of washing you do each week” and can help you make clothing decisions.

She also recommends storing the pajamas and clothes you wear around the house in a tub on a shelf in your closet. This means “they are easily accessible every night and easy to store” without folding them.

What to hang

The most important thing to consider when deciding what to hang or fold is whether or not it will lose its shape if hung. Since knits can be heavy and prone to stretching, John Roberts, managing director of The Woolmark Company, says a general rule of thumb is “hang the weaves, bend the knits.”

Clothes hanging in the closet
Using two hangers to store particularly long and heavy dresses will help keep the shoulders from stretching. Photograph: Alyx Gorman/The Guardian

According to Roberts, woven garments such as shirts, jackets, and tailored business suits should be hung so that they “don’t wrinkle.” According to Poulakis, “hanging pants and special evening wear are essential to minimize expenditure on ironing and dry cleaning time.”

Finally, beware of long hanging dresses if they are particularly heavy, as the weight of the dress can ruin the shape of the shoulders. Instead, McInnes suggests using two thin hangers and folding the bottom of the dress over the second hanger to support the weight of the lower part of the garment.

What to fold

“All knitwear should be folded flat or rolled in a drawer with good mothball protection,” says Poulakis. McInnes warns that hanging knits can “permanently ruin the garment” by stretching it over time.

Poulakis also says to prioritize folding larger items over delicate pieces. “For example, your favorite denim can be easily folded without compromising the structure of the item or damaging its manufacture.” The same goes for leather pants and skirts.

Organize Folded Drawers

In the interest of having visibility into the items in your drawers, McInnes and Farrugia recommend Japanese author Marie Kondo’s folding method. McInnes says, “You fold things ‘upright’ in your drawers/storage…and it creates double the space.

Farrugia describes it as folding “like a folder.” The principle is that each item is folded in a way that allows it to be stored upright, rather than in stacks, so that when you open each drawer you see what’s inside. A more detailed guide is available here.

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