What is a wardrobe for?
Do you use it purely for clothes or do you use it as a general storage area?
This wardrobe had been used for both for a long time.
Once it was emptied and the clothes had been sorted and returned, the owner said he would rather all the other items were stored in the roof space.
What a difference!!
The first job was to completely empty the wardrobe out onto a clear surface - in this case the bed. And to find bags or boxes for donations, recycling, put away elsewhere.
Is to categorise everything. You can either declutter and add to your boxes as you are categorising, or go through the piles once they have been created.
Look at the items you have remaining. Go through the clothes first. If you store out of season clothes elsewhere, now is the time to take them there and put them away. You may have already sorted your clothes in step 2, however, I would encourage you just to check what you have left and double check that you love what is left, you actually wear what is left or you need it because it is uniform for example. Anything you don’t love, wear, need or is in a state of disrepair can go to somebody who will love, need and fix them. Do not feel bad about this, you are doing a good thing!
When you are sure of an object put it back on a hanger and put the hanger back into your wardrobe - backwards. Next time you wear it, turn the hanger around. Now you have a clear idea of which clothes you wear and those which maybe aren’t needed next time you organise.
Once all your clothes are back in the wardrobe you need to decide what else, if anything, is going back in there as well.
Go through anything else which was in the wardrobe, in this case there were a lot of photographs and souvenirs and a t-shirt collection amongst other things. The owner decided what he wanted to keep - most of it(!) but made the decision to store them elsewhere having seen his wardrobe looking so much better with just his clothes in it. So everything was boxed up in it’s category and moved to the new area - in the roof space.
Stand back and congratulate yourself on a job well done!
After a week or two review what you have done:
Does the new system still work for you?
Is there more work to be done to make it work?
How are you using the space now? Has it changed?
Asking yourself these questions can clarify how you feel about the area you have been working on and give you pointers for next time or any new project you want to tackle.
In this case it was decided that the jumpers would be swapped with some shirts in a drawer meaning everything would be on a hanger. This works brilliantly for the owner!
Breaking your projects down into steps like this can prevent a job becoming too overwhelming.
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