Now that you’ve defined your personal style, and your wardrobe is de-cluttered, it’s time to get organised. (If you haven't yet, make sure you read my article from July 5, 2016: My Top 10 Steps to Define Your Personal Style and De-Clutter Your Wardrobe).
An organised wardrobe requires the right tools.
So what does my wardrobe need?
Slimline Velvet Hangers
Flat out, one of the best changes I’ve made to my own wardrobe. These hangers are everywhere right now – just about every $2 shop and on-line discount store offers them, and there’s a very good reason for their popularity. Their flat shape means that by swopping your hangers to these, you could actually gain up to 1/3 more space in your closet, and the velvety finish protects clothes and keeps them from slipping off. Cheap, and they’ll make you very cheerful!
A Valet Rod
If you have the space for one, a valet rod is a useful tool to have in your wardrobe. It tucks away neatly when not needed, and allows you to put out your next day’s outfit, compare a few items, or assemble your daily wardrobe. A valet rod is one of the best kept secrets of an organised wardrobe. Think of it as an extra pair of hands, rather than a permanent place to hold things. Hook your jacket and tee there while you choose your jeans etc. Unlike a hook that permanently sticks out, a valet rod slides out of the way when you’re done.
Slimline hangers and valet rod. Photo: Goop.
Open Jewellery Storage
If you can’t see it, you won’t wear it, which is why open jewellery storage is a great solution, it allows you to see all your fave pieces at once. I prefer hanging organisers for necklaces and bracelets, flat organisers for rings and earrings, but find a system that works for you. Get creative and think outside the box.
Many owners of thh – the handbag hanger have written to us saying they're not only using their hangers for their bags, but they’re also using them to hang all sorts of other items, including necklaces and bracelets (as well as scarves, belts etc). I can’t take credit for this idea, but it makes a whole lot of sense. Just as you want to see all your handbags, have easy access to them, and make sure their always looked after, so too with your jewellery. Give it a go!
If you don’t want to do that, maybe you could find an old frame from a garage sale that you can add pins to, and hang your necklaces from there.
Use bowls, jars and trays you like to also create jewellery displays. You can also buy plastic fishing tackle boxes for storing jewellery. They have moveable compartments and can be stacked neatly inside drawers.
Your jewellery is a creative expression of who you are; the way you display them can be too!
An Absolute Must (but of course I’m biased!)
When we take off our favourite outfit, it’s carefully placed onto its hanger, until the next time it’s worn. Your beautiful cashmere jumper is carefully folded and stored neatly away. Jackets, t-shirts, shirts, coats… they all have their own place. Sadly, our treasured, beautiful, sometimes expensive handbags haven’t. Until now. Yes, thanks to my beautiful thh – the handbag hanger, finally, our handbags have their own place too. How have we lived without them for so long!
If you can make a space on your wardrobe rail that’s just 6.5cm wide, you can fit the Petite hanger (that’s about as long as your lipstick). And if you can make a space just 11.5cm wide, you can fit Grande (about as long as your mascara stick). That’s all you need.
So while the handbag hanger may look like they take up more space, the beauty is that your bags hang lower. So even if you’re tight for space, your bags will hang where a lot of your clothes end. The Grande hanger is made in tiers, so some bags will be higher, some lower. Some in front, some behind. With these multiple positions, they take up far less space.
So now our wardrobes can be organised to fit everything beautifully with just a few minor ‘tweaks’. Getting ready and out the door just became easier.
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