January is the perfect time to overhaul your wardrobe. Marie Kondo Rather than throwing things into a frenzy charity shop and putting them in a cart, it’s about creating the ideal conditions for clothes to thrive, or at least survive. Clothes that are invisible or inaccessible can be forgotten, “lost”, or even worse, damaged. The tidy space saves time and energy and brings calm. But how to achieve that? Experts will step up.
Design a wardrobe around your clothes
A practical wardrobe requires a functional system, and the ideal is to design a bespoke wardrobe around the clothes you own. Philipp Nagel, director of London-based Neatsmith, designs home wardrobes and other storage spaces and talks to clients about clothing in detail. “For example, someone might have a lot of sari. It requires a long hanging space. There are also clients of elite athletes with professional kits. Custom drawers for cyclist bibs. And created a shelf for the trainer of a very specific tennis player. “
At a basic level, a working wardrobe requires hanging space, three drawers, three shelves, and shoe storage space, Nagel says. Jumpers and T-shirts on the shelves — big drawers don’t help because you can’t see anything and it costs three times as much. Also, most clothes are 30 cm wide, so the shelves are designed to be 30, 60, 90, 120 cm. A 40 cm shelf is a waste of 10 cm. ”
Double hanging rails are “not the sexiest option, but the most effective in terms of space and finances.”
Nagel recommends stacked rails or drawers for shoes, but it depends on how many shoes you have. “Recently, I took out the second bathroom in a 22-year-old Russian client’s apartment and made it a room to wear her 326 pairs of shoes.”
WellCurated magazine editor Camilla Hewitt recommends reusing clean glass pots and investing in bespoke pottery for the storage of vanities.
The wardrobe organizer often states that if you can’t see it, you won’t wear it. Daniela Koha, founder of the London-based wardrobe fairy, said: “Why if you can make it beautiful?”
Some of her clients have walk-in closets with long shelves and backlit mirrors that make this easy. However, many of her clients do not have walk-in space, so it is advisable to hang as much clothing as possible, fold T-shirts and knitwear on shelves, and use see-through storage. MUJI acrylic cases for gowns, coats, transparent clothing covers for knitwear, underwear, jewelry, sunglasses, and beauty products.
Color and seasonal sections
Sunita Kumar Nair, a freelance fashion editor and creative who worked in London and New York, described her own bespoke wardrobe as “supersonic” when asked to return a man’s dry cleaning early in his career. It was based on a glimpse of the “wardrobe organization”. Magazine editor. His wardrobe was “walk-in, made of dark walnut. With automatic lights on, all his shirts and suits were organized in this amazing spectrum of navy, gray, black and muted colors. “She recalls. “The cashmere jumpers were folded and lined with tissue paper. The socks were completely folded and stacked using the Japanese Kon Mari method. It was insanely cool and showed awe for the clothes. . ”
Kumarnea didn’t have space to bring in, but there was a custom built-in unit made by a local carpenter. There is hanging space suitable for long dresses and coats, and the thick hangers needed for jackets are wider. Shirts, trousers and short skirts are grouped on velvet hangers. Koha recommends dark to light hangers, but Kumarnea organizes hangers according to the season. “Black for fall / winter, pink for spring / summer, gray for non-seasons. Visually, things are easy to find.” I like Songmics velvet hangers for rose gold swivel hooks (30 pounds) At 23.99 pounds).
Keeping small clothes and accessories in a small space makes them easier to find and keep things organized. Negel recommends building sections within drawers. “Compartments such as watches, jewelry and socks can be placed in leather or vegan leather-lined drawers.” If you are stuck in a deep drawer, Coha will give you different items and their subcategories. We recommend a drawer divider that allows you to roll (John Lewis sells a tidying up lingerie drawer, £ 8).
Nair stores wool socks in lavender (try Clothes Doctor’s Natural Fragrance Bag, £ 4.50) Put it in a drawstring bag that skin care and fragrance brand Aesop often wraps.
Protect your wool
Fold or roll knitwear and stack it on shelves according to its weight — thick knits, medium gauges, fine gauges — turtlenecks, round necks, V-neck, etc. Consider storing cashmere in a separate pouch (£ 8.50) Like Kumar Nair.
If you’re moving your knitwear from your wardrobe in the summer, a linen zip-up box at the top of your wardrobe or under your bed is convenient (£ 22), And you can pop some lavender or cedarwood mothballs. Protect your wool coat with a transparent garment cover (£ 12, for 2 people).
Move your jewelry from individual cardboard boxes to something attractive and convenient. Danish brand August Sandgren offers beautiful and minimalist leather jewelry boxes (starting at £ 186) When Watchbox (From £ 230). Stores London’s tiny stud boxes, watch rolls, and glove compartments (starting at £ 95) Provided in an array of colored leather, it is useful inside dressing tables and wardrobes as well as on-the-go storage.Company leather Valley tray Create a drop-off station to help your bedside table (starting at £ 68).
Use refillable cosmet products
The first rule for organizing cosmetics and cosmetology products is to buy less. Even with the faithful use of the last drop, many cosmetology packages cannot be recycled. Session make-up artist and co-founder and editor of the magazine Well Curated, Camilla Hewitt uses refillable make-up brands such as La Bouche Rouge and Kjaer Weis, or Trinny London’s stackable pots for pure neatness. Is recommended. “Ouai, Diptyque and Susanne Kaufmann are also currently refilling,” she says. “I love the refillable amber glass bottles of Earth for decanters” (starting at £ 6). She uses a clean glass candle pot for makeup brushes, pencils and pens and recommends a reusable makeup pad (10 pounds to 10 pounds).
“I also love investing in Kana London and Maud & Mabel’s bespoke pottery and glassware for dressing tables,” says Hewitt. “I support small brands, showcase artwork and feel practical.”