The 101s of Organizing Wardrobes


You have been using wardrobes all your life through the growing up years, but it is only when you move in to a home of your own, does it become completely your responsibility to organize the space in all the wardrobes and deciding what to put in which cupboard. The first setting up of wardrobes is the pattern that stays with minor changes in the basic plan and layout. You may reorganize them time and again but the first setting up is crucial.

Wardrobes serve the crucial purpose of storage and help to give a neat look to the room, besides keeping belongings in good condition away from dust and exposure to the elements. Yet they too deserve order and they can look beautiful if well kept. Witness the surge of joy when you open a neat and orderly wardrobe, and the satisfaction of a place well kept. Let us help you organize your wardrobes when you set up a new home.

As boxes of home equipment and belongings, old and new, arrive, sorting and planning are important. Once the big pieces of furniture and decorative accessories are put in place, piles of bags containing clothes and linen get stacked on the bed and floors. The sight of all that needs to be accommodated behind the doors of the wardrobes will only bring despair. But take heart, a bit of careful planning and organizing will see all the piles disappear in no time. All you need to do is follow the following steps:

Assigning wardrobes is easy- the bedroom occupant gets the wardrobe fitted in. In case there are two wardrobes in the children’s bedroom, one can be devoted to toys and books and the other to clothes. The master bedroom should ideally have two of them so that one cupboard is available for each partner. The guest room cupboards can be used to keep linen and extras while leaving a shelf or two for the guests who may occupy the room.

Once assigned, the boxes of clothes can be moved to the respective rooms and the wardrobe is ready to be set.

Open the wardrobe and check out the shelf and hanging space. This will give you an idea of what all you can hang and what needs to be kept in piles.

Spend some time making neat piles. The secret is to fold each outfit to have the same width and placed one on top of the other in a manner that each seems to have the same height and is visible equally from the front, and not so that the one on top hides the one below.

Start sorting out your clothes and make piles of the following:

– Clothes that cannot be folded neatly and need to be hung-these include evening coats, blazers, jackets and evening wear dresses

– Formal wear shirts-these can go into a higher shelf but within reach.

– Formal skirts-if the hanging area is long then these can be hung to stay in shape, or they can also be stacked in a neat pile next to the shirts.

– Pants both formal and casual-these can be placed on hangers, space permitting, or stacked up in a shelf in a corner along the depth of the cupboard.

– Home daily wear clothes-these must be within reach right in front on a shelf at eye level.

– Sports wear can go into a lower shelf with separate pile for tops and pants, shorts or skirts.

– Lingerie must ideally go into a drawer, but if the wardrobes do not have drawers, they can be folded and discreetly piled up behind a pile of shirts. A wardrobe displaying lingerie right in front is not appealing.

– The doubtful ones, clothes, which you are unsure whether or not you will wear-these can go into a pile behind the pile of clothes already placed. An occasional glimpse of these is adequate to remind you of their presence and that they can be used too.

– Unstitched clothes, new tees, scarves and stoles-these can all be placed in the top shelf in three different piles, to be visible and accessible

– Nightwear can conveniently go either into the last shelf at the bottom or behind an existing pile but still be within reach.

– Use the inner side of the wardrobe door to fix a string on which belts can be hung easily. Similarly neckties can be hung in men’s wardrobes.

This will help to take care of most of your attire, but a few extra tips will help you fine tune and improve the visual appeal of an open cupboard. For instance,

– Arrange clothes according to colors into piles. You could start with dark shades at the bottom and move to lighter shades as the pile rises.

– Formal and eveningwear can be placed in cellophane sheets or bags even when hung to preserve their newness.

– Wardrobes may not have an inner layout according to your requirements to start with. It may take time to modify the design, but till then, invest in some pullout drawers and some wire baskets which can be used to keep some specific items of clothing.

– If any outfits do not seem to be of immediate use, they can even be left in suitcases for the time being.

– Divide the hanging space according to convenience. Though the traditional style of hanging is shirts on one side and pants on the other, coats together and dresses as well, there is no harm in hanging sets of shirts and pants together to make things easier to take out.

– Good hangars are important to keep the ironed outfit ready for use. Hangars with stiff rods and clips help to keep pants from slipping.

– A lavender freshener placed inside the wardrobe will keep the clothes fragrant.

– Learn how to extract things from a pile without spoiling the rest. It is easy to lift the whole pile till the shirt selected with the right hand, use the left hand to pick up the shirt, not sliding it off, lest the shirt below comes along too, and then place the pile back. This will keep piles intact and never create a mess.

– Never dump crumpled or unfolded clothes in to a shelf and walk away with the intention of setting it all right in the evening. Once this starts, the wardrobe will become a permanent, chaotic dump store.

– Do not let your mind sway towards disorder, and keep reminding yourself how order and organization are important.

The end result will be beautiful wardrobes that you might just be tempted to leave open for others to appreciate!

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Anu Seth is a writer, editor and journalist with over 15 years of experience, writing on a diverse range of topics. She writes with sincerity and has had interesting experiences living in different parts of the world. As a mother of two, she prides herself on keeping a good home. Singapore remains her favorite country.