Wardrobe Management Tips & Tricks
Wardrobe management tips and tricks to help make your closet more functional, organized, and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Is your closet an anxiety-inducing cluttered mess? Do you have enough clothes to open a small boutique yet feel you have nothing to wear? Have you forgotten what you own? Do you have a few go-to outfits for work or a special event ready at a moment’s notice?
Whether you’re a clothing maximalist or favor a capsule wardrobe, having an organized wardrobe can help save time when getting ready in the mornings and give you peace of mind.
Here are some practical tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years that help me keep my closet organized and functional, and my clothes in good condition.
When a hanger is more than a hanger
If you are late to the party and have yet to swap all of your hangers for matching ones, you are missing out on the immense satisfaction. Now is the time to finally rid yourself of those plastic tubular hangers that don’t hold onto clothes and take up twice as much closet space. I like velvet no-slip suit hangers for heavy tops and jackets and single shirt hangers for lighter weight tops. They are slim and allow me to fit more clothes in my closet.
I utilize these 4-tier metal hangers from The Container Store for pants and skirts. Hanging four items vertically saves a lot of valuable real estate on the clothing rail.
The same applies to pants. These 4 hangers hold 16 pairs of pants!
Choose padded hangers for heavier blazers or tops with shoulder pads. It will help keep their shape longer. Heavier garments can pull down and lose their shape on a thin hanger. I use padded hangers for my blazers and heavy sequin tops and velvet suit hangers for my lightweight blazers.
I like these rubber pant and skirt hangers from The Container Store for specialty items such as this sequin skirt and for pants as well. I can double up and it saves space on the rail.
Velvet hangers with clips are great for suits or coordinates. I use them to plan outfits for the work week, special occasions, and to organize vintage outfits for the blog.
I keep a few go-to outfits hung together for when I’m running late or don’t have time to concoct a new look. Some of my tried and true outfits are kept at the end of this rail where I can find them easily and I can get dressed in five minutes.
Organize by category and color
Once you have your matching hangers consider organizing clothes first by category, then color. My rail of tops is heavy on black with a few pops of color. It’s in need of an edit but it can hold a lot of clothes using slim hangers.
I have a vintage clothing rail that I organize by decade. It helps me comprehend what I have in my vintage wardrobe at any given time.
Assess what you have, what you wear
It is said that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. A good tip to assess what you have and what you wear is to turn around all of your hangers and return the clothes that you’ve worn to your closet right way around. Over time, you’ll notice the things that are neglected or never worn. This tactic will help you to decide whether or not to figure out a way to wear it and keep it or get rid of it.
I have a few tops on this rail that I haven’t worn in a very long time. I’ll try to style them this summer or donate them.
Use as much vertical space as possible. I don’t like to rummage at the bottom of my closet for shoes. This tall shoe rack holds a lot of shoes and keeps them off the floor. Similarly, I keep some of my lesser worn shoes stored in this mesh shoe rack behind the closet door.
Fold denim and sweaters
Denim and sweaters are best folded to keep their shape. I organize my denim in piles. L-R: black skinny jeans, black wide leg denim, vintage denim, blue denim, etc.
Stay alert. Moths will eat your clothes. If I see a moth or evidence of a moth, I’m tempted to break out the big guns and use moth cake but it can be toxic and the smell is horrible. I’ve been able to keep moths away for a few years now using these herbal repellent sachets. I scatter them around the closet and include one with any clothing in storage.
To keep your wardrobe smelling fresh add a fabric friendly fragrance such as cedar, sandalwood, or lavender. I use my favorite potpourri throughout my apartment and keep a little dish on my dresser near my clothes. You could use your favorite reed diffuser, sachets, or incense as well.
Store off-season items
If you’re short on closet or drawer space, store off-season items in convenient storage bags or totes. Last weekend, I packed away my winter sweaters.