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Wardrobe organisation: How to keep your clothes, shoes & accessories in order

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Do you always feel like you have nothing to wear, despite the fact that your wardrobe's bursting at the seams? Do you have a habit of holding onto clothes you haven't worn in years? Has your wardrobe become a jumble of clothes, shoes, and accessories you barely remember buying? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's time to reorganise your wardrobe.

In this guide, we'll explain how you can overhaul the chaos that currently resides in your closet. We'll cover:

  • How to declutter your wardrobe
  • How to organise your clothes
  • How to organise your shoes
  • How to organise your accessories

Read on to learn how to organise your wardrobe.

How to declutter your wardrobe

Clothes in Drawer

We've all fallen into the trap of hoarding clothes and shoes because they have sentimental value, or we've convinced ourselves we'll get around to wearing them eventually. But, the first step to organising your wardrobe is getting rid of anything you no longer need and, at this stage, you have to be ruthless.

Here, we'll explain how you can declutter your wardrobe to get the best results. We'll cover how often you should have a clear out, what you should try to get rid of, and what you can do with the pieces you no longer need.

How often should you clear out your wardrobe?

You should try to reorganise your wardrobe every six months or so — ideally around the time the seasons change. This will give you a chance to assess what you have, what you've worn over the last few months, and what you think you'll still want to wear when next summer or winter rolls around.

By making an edit of your wardrobe each season, you'll find it much easier to find the clothes you need, and won't have to fight through those that simply aren't suitable for the weather.

What should you get rid of?

You've probably heard that you should get rid of anything you haven't worn in a year. But, this isn't the only factor you need to consider when having a clear-out. You should also think about which pieces reflect your personal style, whether some of your clothes are past their best, and how often you're likely to wear them in the future.

It's important that you're ruthless. If you're on the fence about a piece, you probably don't need it. But, if you're really struggling, put anything you can't decide on to the side, sleep on it, and come back to them tomorrow. Chances are, you'll realise they no longer have a place in your wardrobe. Here are some of the big questions you should be asking yourself about the pieces you have:

    • Does it fit?
    • Does it look good on me?
    • Have I worn it in the last year?
    • Is it in good condition?
    • Am I likely to wear it in the near future?
    • Does it go with other pieces in my wardrobe?
    • Does it suit my personal style?

When you're assessing your clothing, accessories, and shoes, if the answer to any of these questions is "no", it's time to consider whether some of your pieces no longer belong in your wardrobe.

What should you do with the things you no longer need?

Whether you're hoarding clothes that still have the tags on or are looking for a way to get rid of pieces that are damaged beyond repair, you have plenty of options. Here are just some of the ways in which you can make space in your wardrobe — and you might even be able to make some money in the process.

- Sell your unwanted clothing online

Do you have pieces in your wardrobe that have barely been worn, or that still have the tags on them? You could make some money and ensure they go to a deserving home by selling them online.

Of course, eBay is an obvious choice, but there are dedicated clothes-selling platforms that are great, too. Depop is full of fashion-conscious people who are looking to pick up a bargain, which makes it the perfect place to sell your high-street buys. Alternatively, if you have more luxury pieces in your wardrobe, High Fashion Society is likely to be a more suitable platform. Simply post any clothing or accessories that are in good condition online using these services and it won't be long before you're getting offers from people interested in buying them.

- Donate your clothing

When you're looking for a way to get rid of clothes that are in good condition, why not donate them to a worthy cause? If this is a route you would like to go down, you have a range of options: you could donate them to a charity shop that can sell them on, drop anything suitable off at a homeless shelter, or look for any local organisations that are in need of clothing donations.

The Charity Retail Association can point you in the direction of a local charity shop that's in need of donations, which is a great place to start.

- Recycle damaged clothing

You should only sell or donate clothing that is in good condition, but what can you do with the pieces that are looking worse for wear? Recycle them!

Recycle Now is a great organisation that can point you in the direction of recycling options in your area. Simply enter your postcode into their local recycling tool to learn about clothing and textile drop off points in your area.

Clothing retailers are also starting to focus more on sustainability, which means some of them will accept clothing that you no longer want or need. For example, H&M has launched a worldwide garment collecting initiative, which aims to reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills. So, if there's a branch near you that is collecting clothes to recycle, this is a great option too.

How to organise your wardrobe

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Now that you've rid your wardrobe of all the unnecessary clutter you've been holding onto, you'll be left with pieces you actually want to wear. Here, we'll discuss how you should organise your clothing, accessories, and shoes so you can always find what you're looking for. Having a good system in place will help to keep your clothing in good condition, too. Here's what you need to do.

Separate your clothing into groups

Now you've sold, donated, or thrown away anything you no longer need, you'll have a better idea of what you have to work with. Now, separate your clothes, shoes, and accessories into categories. Dresses should go in one pile, jeans should go in another, and so on. You can then start to decide where everything should go. Not only will separating your pieces help you to find things much more easily, but it will also help you to see what your wardrobe might be lacking.

Try to divide your clothes by season

If possible, your wardrobe should always be filled with clothes that you can wear at that time. So, if you have the space, we would recommend storing your summer dresses and bikinis away during the colder months, and hiding your cable knits away when temperatures rise. We offer loft storage and underbed storage boxes that are perfect for when you need to store some of your items out of sight.

If you can't do this, it's still best to separate your wardrobe according to the seasons. You could even move things around so your most suitable clothing is the easiest to reach.

Know what to hang and what to fold

To make the most of your wardrobe space and keep your clothing in the best condition possible, you need to know what should be hung and what should be folded. You should always consider factors such as what materials your clothing is made from, but here's a rough guide to how your clothes should be stored.


  • Suits
  • Skirts
  • Button-down shirts
  • Blazers and jackets
  • Dress pants
  • Dresses
  • Jumpsuits
  • Playsuits


  • Sweatshirts
  • Jumpers
  • Denim
  • Shorts
  • Long- and short-sleeved T-shirts
  • Workout clothing

Use the right hangers for your clothes

There are lots of different clothes hangers available and they all serve a purpose. So, to help keep your clothes in good condition and reduce the risk of your pieces falling out of the wardrobe time and time again, you should choose yours carefully. Here, we'll discuss which kinds of hangers are best suited to certain types of clothing.

Wire hangers

Best for: Nothing

It can be tempting to fill your wardrobe with wire hangers, as they're typically the least expensive. However, they can cause serious damage to your clothes, which means spending a bit more on your hangers is likely to pay off in the long run. So, whenever you're shopping for new clothes hangers, we would recommend opting for those that are sturdier.

If you get your clothes dry-cleaned or altered and they're returned to you on a wire hanger, replace these as soon as possible.

Thin plastic hangers

Best for: Lightweight garments and those with wide-set straps

Most clothing shops hang their products on thin plastic hangers, so your wardrobe is probably full of them already. These can work well for lightweight pieces, and tops or dresses with wide-set straps. Those with plastic clips can work well for skirts. However, plastic hangers won't offer enough support for heavy pieces like knitted jumpers and jackets, so sturdier hangers would be more suitable.

Moulded plastic hangers

Best for: Suits, jackets, and coats

Moulded plastic hangers are a sturdier option, which means they're great for storing suits, jackets, and coats. They typically have a soft, rounded design, so they won't leave any creases. Plus, they're usually quite wide, which should stop your pieces from falling off on a regular basis. Some of them also come with a bar where you can hang trousers, which means they're a great choice if you own any suits.

Padded hangers

Best for: Delicate and silky pieces, such as lingerie and slips

If you have delicate lace or silk pieces in your wardrobe, you can help to keep these in the best possible condition by investing in some padded hangers. These can help to prevent your pieces from getting snagged and damaged. Plus, some of them come with little buttons to stop your pieces from slipping off.

If you have a selection of silky pieces, we would recommend opting for those with a velvet finish, as this will help to keep them in place.

Wooden hangers

Best for: Suits, jackets, and coats

Wooden hangers are particularly sturdy and will help even your heaviest pieces to keep their shape. This means they're ideal for hanging suits, jackets, and coats in your wardrobe. Their shape also stops you from hanging your clothes too close together, which will help to prevent your clothing from getting damaged.

Cedar hangers

Best for: Heavy pieces like knitwear and coats

Cedar hangers are popular as they help to repel moths, which can wreak havoc on a wide range of fabrics — not just wool. Plus, they're sturdy, which means they can support heavy pieces like coats, jackets, and knitwear.

Additionally, cedar hangers aren't typically varnished, which means the natural wood can absorb moisture and prevent your clothing from being damaged by mould. They'll last for years, too. If you find that they aren't working as effectively, you can simple rub them with some fine grit sandpaper to restore them to their former glory.

Make sure your most-worn items are easy to reach

Organising your wardrobe isn't just about making it look neat and tidy: you also need to ensure it's functional and likely to stay organised. One way to do this is by making sure that all of the clothes you frequently wear are the easiest to reach. This means, every morning when you're getting dressed, you won't have to make a mess looking for your favourite T-shirt or pair of jeans.

Use storage boxes to divide your wardrobe

If your wardrobe is quite basic and you would like to divide your space up, plastic boxes are great. We offer a selection of storage boxes for clothes, which are perfect for this. They come in a wide range of sizes and designs, which means you can choose those that suit your wardrobe and taste perfectly.

Storage boxes are also great if you have clothes, shoes, or accessories that you would like to store out of the way.

How to organise your shoes


When you're organising your wardrobe, why stop at your clothes? It's likely your shoes could do with a once-over as well.

You should follow the same process when sorting through your shoes. First, have a clear-out so you can get rid of any pairs that don't fit, are past their best, or you haven't worn in a year or so. And, as with your clothes, be ruthless.

Next, you need to decide how you're going to store them. If you have quite a small collection they may fit on a shoe rack. However, if you have more pairs than you would like to admit, you might want to look at more options.

Storing you shoes in transparent plastic boxes is a great idea, as you'll be able to identify them immediately. If you don't have a lot of space, this will also allow you to pile them up without causing any damage to your shoes. We stock plastic shoe boxes that are ideal for this.

How to organise your accessories

When you're organising your wardrobe, it's vital that you go through your accessories as well. You could have the tidiest wardrobe possible but, if your jewellery is strewn everywhere or all of your belts are tangled, you're still going to have trouble getting ready every morning.

When it comes to your jewellery, it's best to keep everything separate. This will help to prevent all of your pieces from getting tangled together. We offer a selection of jewellery storage boxes that come with lots of compartments, which are perfect for this. They're also available in a variety sizes, so we're bound to have one that suits your collection perfectly.

When it comes to organising your scarves, belts, and ties, we would recommend hanging these up. You could attach hooks to the back of your wardrobe doors just for this, or you could invest in specialised hangers that are designed to store these.

It's well worth reorganising your wardrobe if you can never find the clothes you're looking for or you're tired of contending with a jumble of clothes and accessories every morning. Taking our wardrobe organisation tips on board could save you a lot of trouble and time, as well as take a weight off your mind. You can thank us later!