Minimalism may be the complacent ideal of Instagram. Still, the reality for most people - us who love to buy clothes - is that the wardrobe is often overcrowded. In the worst cases, it is a disaster waiting to happen.
If you have a problem with taking a hanger down from the hanger bar or a sweater off the shelf, without having to lift things around it simultaneously. Then your wardrobe is overcrowded, and your clothes end up becoming wrinkled. All the clothes are hidden all the way in the back, the ones you never get to use, and some times you might have forgotten all about it.
It does not have to be this way. Remove the clutter to gain access to the entire closet. Not only will it reduce stress, but it will also open up for more options for styling when you get saved clothes out and bring new life to the old favourites.
TO PRACTICE ANY ART, NO MATTER HOW WELL OR BADLY, IS A WAY TO MAKE YOUR SOUL GROW.
- KURT VONNEGUT
There is no quick or straightforward way to explain how to fold a T-shirt with origami. Attempting to do so ends up making it sound much more complicated than it actually is. But we will try.
You have to squeeze around point A in the middle of the T-shirt with one hand and point B with the other hand. Then you have to fold point B over to point C. The next bit is a bit challenging. Pull your hand at point A out and make it go under your hand at point C until the T-shirt hangs naturally in a rectangular shape with one sleeve underneath.
Then you simply turn it all on the other side and fold it once, to bent the other sleeve in. That is the method to get a perfectly folded rectangular T-shirt, folded in no time. If you need any further help, you may check out this video here. Once you have learned to master the method, you will fold blouses in a matter of no time in the future! This can also be helpful when packing for a vacation.
Apparently, Japan sets the standard for neatness in wardrobes. The Japanese lifestyle guru Marie Kondo more or less, wrote the book about it. Her bestseller books "The Life-Changing Magic" and "Tidying" have an abundance of words. Still, one of the most critical factors will create a revolution of how you organize your drawers. Rather than placing things flat in your drawers, you should line them in and make them look like the back of a book. That way, you get a panoptic overview of your drawer's content rather than having to go through it all. You can use this method with anything from boxer shorts to t-shirts (whenever you have folded them using the method above). Rather than placing your socks as a "ball", you should put them flat together in pairs, fold them in the middle, and line them up nicely in the drawer. You may need some time to get used to this method, but it is a beautiful way to keep things tidy and get a better overview of the drawers' content.
The cheap hangers that they use at a dry cleaner have a terrible reputation. Still, they take up much less space on your clothes hanger bar compared to a clumsy wooden hanger, and they are an excellent choice for freshly ironed shirts. Hangers in felt may seem like an upgrade since the clothes will have a harder time slipping off the hanger - while the dry cleaner hangers have less of a grip. Suppose you want to make it easier to remove the clothes from the clothes hanger bar. In that case, you should make sure to have similar hangers - throw out the hangers, that do not match with the rest and always hang them in the same direction.
Never hang a tailored jacket on a dry cleaner hanger - it may damage the shoulders' structure. In this case, you need a wooden hanger since it has a better shape. These type of hangers may take up a bit more space on your clothes hanger bar, but they maintain the structure of your tailored jackets. If you have suits or dresses, that you rarely use, it is best to store them in the storage bags designed for hangers.
At Ziito we have upgraded the classic dry cleaner hanger and made them in 5mm steel. This ensures a more robust hanger, that does not damage your clothes due to sharp edges.
You should be able to place a finger between your clothes on the hangers and move it to one side, whenever you need to grab a hanger from the closet.
Store seasonal clothing in empty suitcases or airtight boxes underneath your bed or perhaps in the attic. That is a way to avoid overfilling your closet.
5. HANG TROUSERS UPSIDE DOWN ON HANGERS
Most people hang trousers on hangers by distributing the weight evenly, to avoid them sliding off. But if you use the simple folding technique called Savile Row, you can minimize the folds by placing the waist's weight towards the bottom.
The first step is to hold the trousers. Make them hang either along with their seaming or along the fold. Then grab them by the foot of each end of the pants on both sides of the hanger. Fold one of the legs over the crossbar from the outside going in. Then fold the second leg over the first leg. The process is easier when you use a fabric or wooden hanger, with a grooved pants grip, to prevent them from sliding off.
Hanging knit sweaters on hangers is a NO-GO. Their own weight will quickly make them lose their shape. If you have a sweater on a hanger, it will return to its original form, once you have washed it according to the instructions. Then fold it and place it in the drawer or on the shelf.
If you have a clothes rack with water pipes, we would definitely recommend adding a shelf - to make the rack more flexible.
Each pair of fine leather shoes must have a matching set of shoe trees to ensure that the leather maintains its shape. You must use the shoe trees during at least 48 hours after using the shoes, to keep the leather tight, while it dries. If your shoe trees are made of cedarwood, it can help absorb long-lasting moisture and odour from sweaty feet.
However, it is not necessary to use shoe trees for sneakers and casual footwear.
There is no worse thing than getting dressed and discovering moths on your cashmere sweater. Mothballs is not the end of the world. Still, they just don't smell very good, and the chemical smell has a tendency to linger - and it is not particularly a good signature smell.
Balls or blocks of cedar wood have a better fragrance, but they are somewhat less useful. Make sure to sand them lightly at a regular basis to maintain their efficiency. First of all, you can reduce your challenge with the moth, by ensuring that your footwear is stored separately from your cashmere clothes.
Is it missing a button? Does it have an annoying stain? Is there a tiny hole? Or merely an unfinished edge? Get it fixed either with cleaning or fixing. If you can't do it yourself, whether it is the missing button or something else, then you can perhaps hand it off to a tailor, so that you will be able to use it again.
Your closet should only consist of things that you can actually wear. Broken clothes only take up unnecessary space.
You can read more about tidying up your closet in our blog post: Declutter your closet.
Stop hoarding clothes and shoes! Many people with a limited amount of closet space change clothes every spring and every fall. Both are perfect times to clean up your closet.
Ask yourself if you have worn every single piece of clothing within the last year. If the answer is yes, then, of course, you can keep it. If the answer is no, then donate or sell it! This way, you can find something that you actually forgot existed.
But be ruthless with the sorting - if you can't fit it, then you shouldn't keep it. Because at the end of the day it just takes up unnecessary space in your closet!