Storing your style: easy wardrobe organisation ideas

The everyday ecosystem of clothes can be both fascinating and frustrating, but there’s no getting round it. On the other hand, following some easy rules can go a long way. We gathered all of them here – for wardrobes and clothes of all sizes and shapes.

The simple genius of hanging clothes

A tossed t-shirt or a pair of trousers on a chair. Then another shirt. By the end of a week, you have a clothing haystack to deal with. Or – you can resist gravity. A clothes rack or three gives you visibility, accessibility and a home free of textile piles. Also, they work great as room dividers.

Organising begins on the inside

Getting ready in the morning can involve both tough decisions and tight schedules. Organisers, boxes and inserts make it easier to view, find and grab what you need, helping to minimise starting time.

“Having a system for handling and caring for your clothes is an effective way to reduce clutter. A super easy tip to increase order, and reduce piling in the process, is to designate a spot to hang clothes that are worn but not quite ready to wash.”

Chiara Effroi Lutteri, interior designer at IKEA

Dressing up for occasions when you have time and energy is great. For most other days, however, a basic collection of no-nonsense garments can be a winning choice – easy to pick out and off you go.

Sculptural form meets jacket-wrangling practicality: it’s hard to picture a hallway that wouldn’t be improved by this hat and coat stand.

If an empty spot on the shoe rack is hard to come by, how about an organiser that gives two shoes a home for the space of one?

Know where to find your last-minute tweaks

Now you see me, now you don’t

It doesn’t enjoy the fame and status of its walk-in sibling, but the curtained wardrobe may well be the cleverer of the two. Part the fabric and you have a wall of couture in full view. Then close it for a calmer, softer look – and even reduced noise. If your bedroom isn’t the right place, take it elsewhere. Anywhere, in fact. When it’s not in use, simply shut the curtains and the room transforms back to its alter ego.

For final-tweak accessories or small-item holding for each family member, a wheeled drawer unit will do the trick. When it’s time for seasonal storage, simply load it up and roll it away.

Besides making the most of both space and budget, curtains work for more than rows of clothes. Like using a section of the wall for a dressing table. Getting ready in the morning is suddenly a one-stop shop.

Long live accessorising

It’s the small details that complete the best outfits. So take good care of them. Handy baskets like these help you keep track of any and all. (And they don’t just look good. They’re made from ninety percent recycled material, too.)

A hybrid to hold your clothes

Have a spot where you can’t decide whether to use a wardrobe or a chest of drawers? Go with an all-inclusive solution, with space to hang selected items and fold away the rest.

Hoops to hold the final touches

Scarves, necklaces, ties, bows, and more. The aptly named multi-use hanger is at your command. Also, anything you hang from it will look deliberate and artful.

Oh, the joys of seasonal storage! You pack your winter sweaters away from dust and wear, forget about them, greet spring. Half a year later, you rediscover old favourites, good as new.

Some days it’s not until the rest of the outfit is in place that you realise what tiny addition will perfect your look. Keep those assets close, and you can make the most of both inspiration and accessibility.

Wardrobes with lots of hanger space and drawers go a long way, but loose boxes can add even more flexibility – going in and out for super quick rearranging, colour comparison, and handy laundry admin.

Up your anti-clutter game