How to organise your wardrobe

Want to organise your wardrobe but don’t know where to start?

Nikki ParkinsonFashion 5 Comments

Want to organise your wardrobe but don’t know where to start? This is a topic that comes up again and again, so I thought we’d revisit it, especially as we’re on the cusp of a season change.

For me, having order and organisation in my wardrobe is something that is soothing. It’s in my control (HAH), when so much isn’t. Conversely, when it starts to get overwhelming in my wardrobe, it’s usually a sign that I’m a little overwhelmed myself. Maybe you feel the same way? 

At the outset, I’ll do the full disclaimer – my job has been about clothes for a very long time now, so I have A LOT of them. Even before I started my own label, I needed to move things on probably more than most people. I don’t do a wholesale cull and edit each season but I do use this time to evaluate what should stay and what should go as I know there will be new things coming in.

How to organise your wardrobe

3 steps to organise your wardrobe 

1. If you’re looking to organise your wardrobe, start with this processThis is the process I’ve used for years and years, from teeny tiny wardrobe spaces to the glorious Lady Room I now have.

I used to advocate for doing the entire process in one day but I now realise that might be both overwhelming and not possible because of life/work/family. Instead, break it down in sections and tick off each section, from dresses to shoes to belt and nice tops as you go. 

2. An organised wardrobe allows you to see clearly what you already own. Knowing this, and conversely knowing the gaps in your wardrobe, gives you a starting point shopping mindfully for any additions. I talk more about that in this post.

I’ll also include a 2021 disclaimer … buy the damn shoes/dress/top/bag. If you have the budget for it and you know it will bring you joy then add to cart and take that dopamine hit. Lord knows we need those hits right now.

3. If you struggle with the process of culling/editing/organising, phone a friend. Often we hang on to things that don’t serve us in a positive way. Find someone (or book a wardrobe stylist) to help you. You’ll feel emotionally lighter for it.

In this week’s Lunchtime Live I talk about how to organise your wardrobe as well as the below topics as submitted by you:

What if you’ve culled before and everything fits, has a seasonal place and looks ok?

Do you edit for a reason or a season?

I’m pregnant, should I leave my wardrobe alone?

How to let go of items that are perfectly good?

How do you cull if you love colour and prints and need different pieces to match different things?

How to avoid culling regret?

Do I cull to one wardrobe or have two wardrobes with items in the second I love too much to cull?

Should you keep clothing that doesn’t fit? Just in case?

I’ve culled so much, I’ve got nothing left. What are the basics needed?

What are the long-term key pieces, rather than one-season throw outs?

Best way to store clothes? Jeans? Knits? 

How to store clothes you’re not wearing?

Best ways to sell clothes online?

Tell me: what’s your greatest wardrobe frustration right now?

Comments 5

  1. Hi Nikki,
    Totally unrelated – but where so you get your Moroccan rugs from?
    The one in the photo here and the one in your ‘lady room’

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  2. Thanks for some very useful hints and tips. I write from down south in locked down Melbourne. Watching your videos brings some welcome respite from our lack of freedom at the moment, plus I really enjoy hearing your thoughts. Love the white blouse too! 🙂

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