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WARDROBE STORAGE: MAKE THE MOST OF YOURS

March 15, 2016
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We have all dreamed of Carrie Bradshaw’s wardrobe, here are a few tips to get your closet looking fabulous.

We may not all have the space or the budget for a wardrobe like Kim Kardashian but we can make the most of what we have got. Here are my tips for achieving the look…

It may be an obvious thing to do but how often do we actually clean our wardrobes?? The build up of dust can leave an unpleasant smell on clothes which can be difficult to get rid of. The images we see of our dream wardrobes all have one thing in common: they are immaculate and organised.

This may take some time, so grab yourself a cup of tea or perhaps a couple of girlfriends and a bottle of something bubbly ( as seen in Sex and the City movie) ! Take everything OUT of the wardrobe to clean and hoover. Once the unglamorous bit is over you can have some fun reorganising and making your wardrobe a happy place. Clothes should be sorted out into keep, throw and storage piles. This will give you more room to see the clothes that you wear most of the time and perhaps you may even have a bit of room left to make some new season purchases…

Unless you are planning on building a new wardrobe there will be structural elements that cannot be changed. However, hanging rails can often be repositioned which will help optimise the space that you do have. I prefer to position the top rail as close to the top of the wardrobe as possible- just enough to easily take a hanger off the rail. I then position the lower rails so that trousers can hang without being folded and long skirts can also hang without becoming crumpled at the bottom. Tops , shirts and shorter jackets should go on the top rail, with short dresses , skirts and trousers on the lower rails. I usually organise clothes from white to black , creating rainbows of colour along the rails. Full length hanging space for long dress and coats will also be needed. I also like to hang special items that don’t get worn so often in this section. These items should be covered in breathable garment bags to keep them safe from dust and moths. If there is limited space, wall hooks are great for hanging longer items and they can also be placed in alcoves or on the doors of your wardrobe to hang belts and scarves.

Using the correct hangers is important because not only will they allow more clothes to hang in the space available, they are better for your clothes. I use knitwear hangers for all tops because they are slim with rounded edges and clothes don’t slide off them as they are coated with non slip rubber. Get them in white or black and keep to one colour. Jackets and coats need a slightly heavier hanger, though rounded edges are just as important to keep the shoulders of your jackets from becoming misshapen.

Lingerie, swimwear, t shirts and ideally knitwear need drawers , so if your wardrobe doesn’t already have them , a free standing unit is a must. This can also double as a vanity unit or a place to display photographs, jewellery or hats. My favourites are sleek , no handle, flat fronted drawers in white or a mirrored unit for a more glamorous feel.

We Need To Talk About Shoes

Shoes , shoes, shoes everywhere and nowhere to put them…. maybe this is just me!

I have solved my shoe storage problem by putting those that are out of season in storage boxes which can fit under the bed in the guest room. My very special shoes are still in their dust bags and boxes with photographs on them, so I can identify them when I want. As I have more shoes than space in my shoe wardrobe/ cupboard, these beautiful boxes are stacked neatly.

If you don’t have dedicated space in your wardrobe or a free wall to arrange shelves for your shoes, you could easily customise and glamorise a cupboard that you already have or buy the Ikea Billy bookcase and add new handles such as these beauties from Soane Britain or gold coloured handles.

One last thing to add: no wardrobe is complete without a full length mirror. I like to add mirrors wherever I can to reflect as much light as possible and to make rooms feel bigger than they actually are. A well placed mirror also means you can get a good rear view before you walk out the door!

Stay tidy…

Sara x

Tout le monde n’a pas l’espace ou le budget pour une dressing à la Kim Kardashian mais il y a pleins de petites astuces qui peuvent nous mener loin…

Combien de fois par an faisons nous le tri de notre dressing ? Pas suffisamment, l’accumulation de la poussière peut laisser une odeur pas très agréable qui est difficile à faire disparaître. Les images que l’on voit du dressing idéal ont toute une chose en commun : Elles sont impeccables et organisées.

Cela peut prendre du temps, alors faites vous une tasse de thé, ou alors pour un scénario à la Sex in The City, invitez quelques amies et sortez une bouteille de champagne ! Sortez tout de vos armoires pour nettoyer et trier, une pile pour jeter, garder ou ranger selon la saison! Une fois que cette contrainte est terminée vous pouvez vous amuser à réorganiser le tout et faire de votre dressing un endroit agréable.

A moins que vous n’ayez l’intention d’acquérir un nouveau dressing, il y a peu de possibilité de changement dans la structure même des rangements. Cependant vous pouvez repositionner les penderies pour optimiser l’espace. Positionner la première penderie le plus haut possible, mais pas trop haut pour pouvoir encore attraper le cintre, gardant aussi de l’espace pour mettre une seconde penderie à pantalons ou jupes longues. Organisez le tout par couleur du blanc au noir. Il faudra aussi penser à une penderie pour les robes longues et manteaux.

Quant aux pièces plus précieuses que l’on porte moins, il serait sage de les garder dans des sacs à vêtements.

Les crochets muraux sont aussi une bonne option pour suspendre les pièces les plus longues, une des ceintures ou écharpes.

La lingerie, les maillots de bains, les t-shirts et idéalement les lainage devraient être gardés dans des tiroirs.

Parlons des chaussures :

Des chaussures partout et nul part où les mettre… suis-je la seule dans ce cas ?

J’ai trouver la solution en mettant celles qui n’étaient plus de saison de côté rangées dans des grandes boites qui peuvent se glisser sous le lit. Mes chaussures favorites sont encore dans leur dust bag et dans leur boites avec des photos au dessus pour les reconnaître.

Si vous n’avez pas de place dans vos armoires, vous pouvez facilement customisée une étagère que vous avez, ou acheter une étagère Ikea Billy.

Une dernière chose, aucun dressing n’est parfait sans un miroir de plein pied. En plus d’être un accessoire utile, il apporte de la lumière à la pièce et la rend plus grande.

Restez ordonnée !

x Sara

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