How to Have an Organised Closet, Even If the Rest of Your Life Is Chaos

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The idea of a cavernous walk-in wardrobe filled with countless garments sounds enticing, but in reality, it would just make outfit planning more difficult. When you have a smaller amount of apparel options, you have to be creative with what you have, which is why it pays to be organised and to buy right the first time. We're no strangers to being caught up in busy lifestyles and always being on the move—gym before work, dinners after work, events, coffees, lunches and appointments in-between (hello, stress!) Whatever the work week or weekends require of you, there's nothing quite as satisfying as the feeling of having it all together. Being the experts in this, we're here to help.

Keep scrolling for the five simple tips to help you get organised with your current wardrobe and things to keep in mind the next time you shop.

1. Separate your winter pieces from your everyday, layerable pieces

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Begin by dedicating one side of your wardrobe to your jackets, coats, and woollens (basically anything that is out only for the winter season). Then have a side with your everyday more versatile pieces that you have all year round (tees, jeans, etc.). It makes it easier to layer your outfits if your pieces are visually organised and once summer comes along, it'll take less effort to put away your seasonal pieces. 

A belted leather jacket looks great with just about everything. 

A trench and a blazer in one. Genius. Invest in winter pieces you will be excited to take out year after year.

2. Choose your versatile pieces wisely

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Try to shop in a way where you know you'll be able to wear that item all year round and for more than one occasion. For example, dresses that are layerable in winter with turtleneck sweaters and stockings, or skirts that are both party and office appropriate (yes, they exists).

A little black dress wearable through all the seasons. Choose a flattering style you'll always feel comfortable in. 

Pair a structural midi skirt with a skivvy in winter, then a bodysuit in summer. 

3. Buy quality fabrics

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Always take note of the material you're buying. If you're the type of person that rarely gets around to ironing, eliminate amassing fabrics that wrinkle easily, such as linen. For better fitting (and feeling) clothes, opt for natural fabrics—think good-quality cotton and wool over synthetics.

You can never have enough white cotton T-shirts. 

Great worn on its own in summer and even better layered in winter.

4. Categorise and arrange your accessories

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Don't hoard accessories you don't always wear, just keep your favourites out and on high rotation. Also have a place for each of your different accessories:

  • Jewellery stored in a vintage bowl or small plate.
  • Belts rolled up neatly. 
  • Scarves hanging off hooks. 
  • Bags, clutches, and wallets stored neatly together.

A statement pair of earrings go a long way. Take a leaf from Byrdie Australia Beauty Editor Lisa Patulny's book and keep a little plastic container of earrings your handbag for those impromptu nights out to dress up an outfit. 

The humble accessory has quickly become more of a stylish addition than a necessity for holding up your pants. 

5. Keep your shoes visible and tidy

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Collage Vintage 

By keeping your shoes on show, you can clearly imagine your outfits in your head and know what options could work. If you have good-quality shoes that you've invested in, it also pays to keep up with maintaining their quality by waterproofing and polishing them regularly. If you don't like the look of having all your shoes out, invest in clear shoe boxes and you'll never look back. 

Choose a pair of stylish flats with a point of difference so you'll want to wear them every day of the week. 

Stackable boxes will look super neat in your wardrobe. 

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