Looking to maximise both your closet space and the clothes you already have? Here are 4 easy tips for how to organise your clothes.

Between spending more time at home, and shopping online for the new season, our closets are in need of a refresh. 

With all these clothes, figuring out a system to organise your closet in a way that works for you is becoming more important, in addition to making use of clothes you may have forgotten about. Like one’s style, each closet is different, and it’s important to organise your wardrobe accordingly.

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1. By sleeve or pant length

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Shirts, jackets, or even shorts can often be forgotten about due to being unintentionally concealed between two items with longer sleeve or pant lengths. This unconventional method allows such incidents to be minimised, allowing you to maximise the use out of all your clothes – where items gradually descend from shorter to longer sleeve or pant length, from sleeveless to long-sleeved items.

This also makes it easier when dressing for specific weather or when switching out your seasonal wardrobe.

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2. By material

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Categorising clothes by material is important for long-term care – a key factor in a world where slow fashion is quickly taking over – ensuring that clothes run their full cycle before being passed on is an easy way to limit both overspending and the impact of textiles on the environment. This method will allow caring for clothes to be easier and more organised, particularly for delicate materials such as silk, which stores better with a muslin cloth to prevent dust from setting in.

Folding materials such as velvet will create creases that are difficult to remove, whereas denim can easily be folded–thus need to be stored in different ways. Equally, fabrics such as cotton require ample space to avoid fungus from the moisture – the list goes on.

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3. By colour and pattern

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Not only is this system possibly the most aesthetically pleasing, but it allows you to quickly mix and match items to create new outfits.

Sorting clothes from light to dark, or the classic ROYGBIV – with multi-coloured items being sorted by their most dominant colour or placed at the end depending on how loud the pattern is – will allow you to swiftly evaluate what you have to work with for your outfit of the day. Additionally, laundry will become a lot easier: which is always a plus.

4. By occasion

Make your life easier by categorising your clothes by occasion rather than type–putting all your casual wear in one place will allow you to assess only the portion of your wardrobe you’re looking for.

When sorting by dress code, what you have worn recently will also become more clear–helping you to avoid the fashion faux pas of wearing the same outfit multiple times in a row

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There is no right or wrong when using these methods or even combining them: each system is personal and entirely dependent on your collection. Redefining the organisation in your closet is not only beneficial to the environment, as maximising the life cycle of your clothes contributes to slow fashion; but your clothes will become more accessible, allowing for greater experimentation with your outfits.

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