Let's be honest, no matter how many clothes you have in your closet, it's easy to feel like you never have anything to wear. Which is why we spoke to Practical Princess' Elika Gibbs and Virginia Feacey, Country Manager at second-hand designer resale site Rebelle, to find out how we can all lead less cluttered lives.
Keep your wardrobe organized with these eight tips:
Start with one big clearout.
Virginia suggests going through every item in your wardrobe and adding certain pieces to "SELL," "MAYBE," "CUSTOMIZE," and "TOSS" piles. Or, as Elika suggests, try things on as you go "because you may have forgotten about a missing gem that's been sitting in your wardrobe that you normally bypass. You might be able to alter it to make it more current."
And then continuously edit your wardrobe.
Virginia recommends starting a one-in-one-out policy, to avoid cluttering. "For every new item you purchase, an old one needs to go. Or, if you really want to test yourself, try two."
Why? Elika tells us, "If you don't edit your wardrobe, you might think you have a lot of clothes but actually, it's just that you have [a] volume of things that no longer fit or are dated. By clearing out your wardrobe you prevent that, and you'll find getting dressed in the mornings so much easier."
Make some money with your unwanted bits.
"Just because you might not like it anymore, doesn't mean someone else won't," Virginia says. "It'll also make you feel better when you want to purchase something new if you're making money from the old."
Organize your closet by category and then by color.
"It'll make everything look much neater and will save you time in the mornings when you need to get dressed in a hurry," Virginia advises.
Invest in the right equipment.
"I like matching hangers because then you're not distracted by a messy wardrobe," Elika says. And Virginia agrees: "Get some good hangers with rounded corners and use boxes to keep drawers organized. This is especially great for belts, underwear, and socks."
Store everything in the right place.
"Keep knitwear folded and flat. Also, dry it flat to avoid pulling and deformation," Virginia says.
Don't forget your shoes.
"If you have a lot of shoes in boxes, tape [their] pictures to the outside of the box, so you [instantly] know what's inside," Virginia says.
Elika adds: "Boxes are ideal because they prevent dust, and cardboard works well because then they can breathe."
And look after more expensive items.
If you've spent all that money on something fancy, you better make sure you take care of it, Virginia says. "Keep designer bags in their dust bags and stuff them from the inside to avoid deforming."