‘File fashion’: how to organize your wardrobe to make getting dressed easier australian lifestyle

‘File fashion’: how to organize your wardrobe to make getting dressed easier australian lifestyle

TeaHis imagination of opening his closet to find neat rows of color-coded shirts, jackets, and pants is pretty universal. In fact, at two different, weird fashion jobs I’ve been paid by a superior to organize them.

The process usually begins with cleanup, as any type of organization is aided by space. What could be more complicated next.

This week we got some expert advice on what to hang versus what to fold, and the best order to store things.

visibility is important

A well-organized wardrobe should make it easy to get dressed. When you’re deciding what to wear, it helps to be able to see each individual item, according to Christy Farrugia, a professional organizer and owner of The Art of Decluttering.

She advises: “If you can’t see everything at the end, it can lead to forgetting that you even had some pieces because you can’t see them.”

Elinor McInnes, creative director of slow fashion brand Joslin, recommends placing shelves inside your closet so you can see what you’ve got hanging and mentally putting an outfit together without pulling anything off. To help with visibility, she organizes everything by category, then by color and tone.

Manage how you dress

Make sure any items you have on high rotation (meaning you wear them at least once a week) are easily accessible. The focus is on “easy access to frequently worn pieces like favorite T-shirts, blouses, shirts and throw-over jackets,” says Mary Polakis, managing director of Harolds.

Similarly, McInnes has a section for her favorite “mix and match outfits” that she wears frequently. She says to make sure the section is in the most accessible part of your wardrobe and advises: “If you regularly wear an outfit together, always put it together.”

Storing the clothes you put on last, including accessories and outwear, in a separate part of your wardrobe or home can make clothes more tidy. Photograph: Fancy/Veer/Corbis/Getty Images

Finally, Polakis recommends “store clothing in the order that you get ready in the morning”. So, you might reach for your underwear and intimates first, then your T-shirt or shirt, your trousers or skirt, then jacket or jumpers, followed by coats and accessories.

Of course, dressing is personal, so if you make an outfit out of shoes, the way you organize your wardrobe may be different from someone who dresses from top to bottom.

area of ​​wear again

Another thing that can make getting dressed easier is to have some hooks inside your closet so you have clothes to hang that have been worn but don’t need to be washed straight away. “It keeps dirt off the floor and reduces how much washing you do weekly,” says McInnes, and can aid with organization decisions.

She also recommends storing pajamas and clothes you wear around the house in a tub on a shelf in your closet. That means “they’re easily accessible every night and easily put away” without having to be folded.

what to hang

The most important thing to consider when deciding what to hang or bend is whether or not it will lose its shape if it is hung. Because knitwear can be heavy and prone to stretching, a general rule of thumb is to “hang knits, fold knits,” says John Roberts, managing director of the Woolmark Company.

clothes hanging in the closet
Using two hangers, especially for storing long and heavy clothes, will help prevent the shoulders from sagging. Photo: Alex Gorman / The Guardian

According to Roberts, woven clothing such as tailored business shirts, jackets and suits should be hung so that “they remain crease-free”. “Hanging trousers and a special evening dress are a must to reduce ironing and dry-cleaning time,” says Poulakis.

Finally, be wary of hanging long dresses if they are particularly heavy, as the weight of the dress can damage the shape of the shoulders. Instead McInnes suggests using two thinner hangers and folding the bottom of the dress over the other hanger to carry the weight of the bottom of the garment.

what to turn

“All knitwear should be folded flat or in a drawer with a good mothball safety guard,” says Polakis. McInnes warns that hanging knits can “permanently ruin the fabric” by stretching over time.

Paulakis also says to prioritize folding bulky items over delicate pieces. “For example, your favorite denim can be folded easily without compromising the structure of the item or damaging its construction.” The same goes for leather pants and skirts.

folded drawer organizer

In the interest of keeping visibility into items in your drawer, both McInnes and Farrugia recommend Japanese author Marie Kondo’s method of folding. “You ‘stack’ things in your drawer/storage… and that doubles the space,” says McInnes.

Farrugia describes it as folding in “file fashion”. The theory is that each item is folded in a way that allows it to be stored vertically rather than stacked, so when you open each drawer it’s clear what’s in there. A more detailed guide is available here.

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