Bid Adieu To Clutter Forever: A Comprehensive Guide On How To Organise A Wardrobe

by Pooja Dara | January 17, 2024 | 11 mins read

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Do you spend too much of your time digging into your wardrobe every day but fail at finding your favourite dress, T-shirt, shoes, etc. to wear? If your answer is yes, then you’ve come to the right place. This blog post sums up some tried and tested ideas for you on how to organise a wardrobe optimally, so keep reading

Did you know that a majority of people wear only 30% of the clothes in their wardrobe and the rest are never worn and are only for show? No wonder your bedroom wardrobe is always a mess. However, you can create a wardrobe of your dreams that you can count on just by buying the right wardrobe designs and effectively implementing a handful of organisation tips and ideas. And the good thing about it is that you don’t need to be a seasoned organiser to achieve the desired results. Excited, eh?

If you’re not yet convinced, let’s look at some of the benefits of an organised and clean wardrobe:

  • You’ll be able to find all your outfits easily in no time and that too in an orderly and ready-to-wear condition. 
  • You’ll save a lot of money since everything in your wardrobe is visible, within reach and inventoried for use. 
  • You’ll have more mental clarity while selecting and putting together your ideal outfit owing to less visual clutter. 
  • You’ll increase the resale value of your home as prospective homebuyers prefer customised wardrobe designs. 
  • You’ll have more energy to begin and end your day since less clutter in the wardrobe means less anxiety.  
  • You’ll have added storage in your wardrobe for the things you love as the hanging, drawers and shelf options will optimally meet all your needs. 
  • You’ll avoid double purchases and also save on wardrobe management costs as less clutter means fewer wrinkles on clothes and fewer visits to the laundryman or dry cleaners. 
  • You’ll be able to contribute to the well-being of others (mostly, the underprivileged) when you sort out your wardrobe and give away clothes that you don’t intend to wear in the future. Alternatively, you can also profit from selling them on online auction sites or resale shops.
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Let’s also look at some universal steps that you’ll need to follow to achieve a meticulous wardrobe:

  1. Empty all the contents of your wardrobe — clothes, jewellery, footwear, bags, etc. — into baskets, boxes, etc. 
  2. Clean and declutter your wardrobe by sorting out all the stuff into four categories/piles — actual wearable inventory, items you want to donate to others, items you want to sell for profit and items you want to throw away. 
  3. Use tape to take measurements of the different areas in your wardrobe which will give you an idea of how you’d like to organise it. There are typically five ways to organise a wardrobe: by clothing type, by season, by how often you wear them, by colour (light to dark) and casual/formal attire. So, pick the one which best suits your lifestyle and needs. 
  4. Assess the different storage solutions for your wardrobe based on what’s left after sorting to ensure that they perfectly fit into the wardrobe space and work in complete harmony with your wardrobe essentials.  
  5. Follow wardrobe organisation tips and tricks to arrange your stuff back into the wardrobe (read: the crux of the blog post), and come up with a good plan to keep it organised regularly. You can do a quick wardrobe makeover once every month and a full wardrobe reorganisation once every six months.

To spare you the hassle of researching organisation ideas for a man’s, woman’s and child’s wardrobe separately, we’ve summed them all up for you here. However, please do keep in mind that some of these tips are universally applicable and may overlap irrespective of gender and age.

How To Organise Wardrobe For A Man?

  • Stack your shoes neatly in shoe slots with dryer sheets (to avoid odour) if you want to double the capacity of your shoe rack. If you have a closed wardrobe, you can effectively use the backside of the door by hanging an over-the-door shoe organiser. 
  • Make use of clothing divider tags/hanger tags/attachable dividers to create distinct zones/sections such as pants, blazers, etc. so that you can access them in a jiffy. Group similar-purpose items together so that you can figure out the best way to store each of them. 
  • Use a dedicated and space-saving pants organiser to hang your pants so that the pant pleats are preserved and not ruined by wrinkles (which would otherwise have been the case if they were crammed inside your wardrobe).
How to organise a man's wardrobe, Walk-in wardrobe with different open shelving with backlights is a space-saving design.
This lit walk-in wardrobe has different shelving options to accommodate all your wardrobe needs
  • Use special hangers (preferably of one material: wooden or velvet) to file away shirts, T-shirts, jackets, etc. It will also make your wardrobe design shine and stand out. 
  • Invest in wicker baskets, vacuum bags, stackable boxes and storage bins with handles to store clothing and related stuff that is seasonal/isn’t frequently used, and slide them on the top shelf of your wardrobe or under your bed.
How to organize men's wardrobe- wardrobe with sliding doors makes it easy to organize and access.
This wardrobe with sliding doors makes it easier to access your clothes and stuff without any obstruction
  • Colour-coordinate or label your storage containers so that you know what’s in each of them. It will save you a lot of time and effort later on. 
  • Create a double-hang system in your wardrobe, if the vertical space permits, so that the horizontal storage space is efficiently used for other wardrobe essentials. Hang shirts on the top rod and the pants/jeans on the bottom rod for better visualisation of ‘full outfits’ so that you can seamlessly decide what would look good on your body. 
  • Roll your belts, ties and socks and organise them based on the colour, preferably on open shelves and not in the drawers so that you can easily match them with the rest of your outfits.

How To Organise Wardrobe For A Woman?

We all know that a woman’s wardrobe consists of way more number and variety of clothes, shoes and accessories than a man’s. So, it needs some special attention, doesn’t it?

  • Use a large single-hanging system for dresses and a double-hanging system to accommodate your shirts, tops, skirts, shorts, jeans and pants. You can also maximise the storage capacity in your wardrobe by using adjustable expanders that hang from the existing rod.
  • Label your shelves and stackable boxes to make it easier to locate your clothes when you need them. 
  • Reserve the middle and the front of your wardrobe for clothes that you frequently wear and the topmost shelf for those that you don’t wear frequently/are seasonal.
  • Keep your formal wear, wedding wear, gym wear and casual wear in separate zones in your wardrobe. 
  • Use drawer dividers to neatly sort and arrange your socks, undergarments and lingerie. In case you don’t want to buy them, use spare wood or plastic strips as an alternative. The same applies to jewellery and other beauty-related accessories.
How to organize women's wardrobe- White L-shaped open closet with different shelvings makes it easy to access.
This L-shaped open wardrobe has customisable drawers, single- and double-hanging rods and multiple shelves to meet the fashion needs of modern women
  • Belts and ties can be hung on a hanger or a rail attached to the wall or the back of the wardrobe door. 
  • If you’re wondering how to organise dupattas, kurtas and sarees in an Indian girl’s wardrobe, then you’ll need to arrange them in a way that it doesn’t develop any extra folds/crease marks or get damaged. 
  • Use a scarf holder or shower curtain rings to hang your dupattas. Just loop your dupattas through them and suspend them by a hanger. This way, your dupattas won’t get crushed.
  • Create a separate vertical space for your intricate and heavy sarees, lehengas and salwar-kurtas. Hang each of them separately in dry cleaner bags and velvet hangers to protect them from any potential damage.
How to organise wardrobe for women's- A freestanding clothing rack and wooden crates are perfect for organising and access.
  • Fold and stack your salwar-kurti sets neatly on wardrobe shelves so that they save a lot of space. Fold them the right way and not inside-out. Alternate silk and cotton kurtas in the pile so that the pile doesn’t topple over. 
  • Use shower curtain hooks or metal hooks on the wardrobe rod to hang your precious collection of totes and purses.
  • If you have a large walk-in wardrobe, then you can add an island to the central area. It will give you the space to rest your folded clothes and also additional storage in the form of drawers and shelves. 
  • If you have a small wardrobe and don’t have enough space to fit all your wardrobe essentials, buy or design a freestanding wardrobe rack to store those extra clothes outside your wardrobe. 
  • Stack your shoes neatly in shoe slots with dryer sheets (to avoid odour) if you want to double the capacity of your shoe rack. Organise them from most formal (dress shoes) to most casual (sportswear/flip flops) on downward-angled shelves.
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How To Organise Wardrobe For A Baby?

  • Use shower curtain clips/door-mounted shoe organisers to hang baby shoes, and use drawer divider boxes and baskets to store mittens, hats, socks, bibs, blankets and towels. Keep a laundry bin separately for putting dirty clothes.
  • Since babies need a lot of small clothing items (that usually come in sets of two), you can organise them on velvet hangers on a hanging rod to maximise the space in the small nursery. 
  • Design a custom under-the-crib drawer if you have a budget so that you can store onesies, sleepers, baby bottles and diapers in an organised fashion.
How to organize wardrobe for baby's- sliding door wardrobe with a hanging rod and compartments is elegant design.
This minimalist wardrobe with a hanging rod, compartments and stackable boxes adequately meets the needs of growing babies
  • Use a clothespin rack to hang all the headbands and hair accessories for your little princess. 
  • Insert dowels and pegs on the wall to hang your baby’s small hoodies and bodysuits, and a shelf or two to keep his/her toys and crafts. You can also hang canvas bags and knitted bags for extra storage. 
  • Wire baskets are also a popular option these days. You can also design an ornament box that works as an alternate storage solution for baby clothes and stuff.

How To Organise Wardrobe For A Child?

  • Use bookshelves with a mix of open and closed cabinets and deep drawers to organise your children’s clothes and accessories as they grow up. 
  • Attach a hanging rod to display your child’s jackets, shorts and T-shirts and use baskets and boxes to store other knickknacks.
How to organise children's wardrobe - A open wardrobe rack is the easiest to access and organise.
  • You can also organise your child’s wardrobe on toy bin shelves. They are customisable according to the needs and wardrobe requirements and come in various sizes. 
  • As your child grows up, you can use toy bins for storing toys and crafts too, and also try out the portable metal rolling cart option too. 

Some DIY Wardrobe Organiser Ideas You Can Try At Home

If you don’t want to spend much on a professional organiser or expensive wardrobe organising equipment, worry not! There are many DIY wardrobe organisers and organising ideas that you can try at home and transform your cluttered wardrobe into a fancy home for all your clothing essentials and more. Let’s list down a few of them here.

  • A Hair Bow Organiser: This will be a perfect option for your little girl’s fashion accessories. All you need is a store frame and some chicken wires. Remove the back of the store frame, cut wires to create columns that fit the frame and staple them to the frame thoroughly, that’s it.
  • Smart Organisation Of The T-shirt Drawer: Fold the T-shirt in triples so that they become compact and increase the storage space in the existing drawer. Don’t create a pile; instead, stack them up akin to files in a file rack so that you can see each T-shirt clearly and not mess up the drawer again looking for them.
  • PVC Pipe Scarf Organiser: Cut the inexpensive PVC pipes according to the height of each drawer (leave a little vertical gap for easy movement). Use these pipes to neatly curl/roll up your scarves, neckties, jewellery, etc. 
  • Repurpose Drawer Handles: If you have spare drawer handles, put them to good use by attaching them to the inside of your wardrobe door to loop scarves, ties and sling bags/totes through them.
  • Repurpose Painted Wooden Crates: Create extra storage spaces by fixing wooden crates one on top of the other with its face open towards the front. It will also serve as a pretty decor element for your bedroom.

All in all, you can use these actionable tips, ideas and DIY hacks to organise your wardrobe and maximise its storage potential for the years to come. Not only this, but it will also drastically reduce your stress and anxiety while you’re looking for that ‘perfect outfit’ in a hurry.

Still have doubts? Don’t hesitate, reach out to the team at Design Cafe and we’d be happy to help you out.

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Pooja Dara is a content writer at Design Cafe home interiors blog.

Pooja Dara

Pooja Dara is a freelance writer and editor with over seven years of experience and has worked for several reputed companies in multiple niches. Having made a switch from quantitative research (of leading FMCG and durable brands) to secondary research, she is now an independent content specialist who believes in creating value for her clients through her work. She is also passionate about photography, spirituality, dogs, and traveling.

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