Monday, 7 May 2012

On the Run - Wardrobe de-clutter Part 2: the organising phase

Oh, what a day! It has been one of those typically chaotic Bank holidays where everyone is on top of one another, it's raining so everyone is in a bad mood, our son is unwell so feeling sorry for himself. If we had a dog that would be barking its head off.

Some of you may know that I featured in an article today in the Daily Mail.  I was given the heads up on it being in today's edition by one of the other bloggers featured.  So, I legged it to the newsagents first thing, reminiscent of the time that I arrived at the newsagents at 5am to buy one of the broadsheets, where they printed the results of the Law Society Finals. I suspect that at that age though I looked slightly better than I did today, having jumped out of bed and having grabbed the first clothes to hand (which fortunately turned out to be mine), doing some minor ablutions, before donning my running trainers (with jeans - so cool) and heading out.  

I thought that the article was well written and not in the least bit controversial - it appears that I was wrong, on the controversial stakes at least.  I got as far as reading the first three comments on the website when it became apparent where they were headed.  At which point I stopped reading, choosing to go and dye my hair instead which was a much better use of my time.

When I saw a reference to me having too much time on my hands I nearly wet myself laughing - and I wasn't even laughing that hard. Belive me, if I had any spare time, my pelvic floor muscles would be in a much better state than they are.

Anyway, the day continued. I dyed my hair, bathing the youngest as the colour developed, except I took a bit longer bathing her than I should so I am now a bit darker than I should be. However, the grey is so prolific that in a couple of weeks time it will look as though I have had quite expensive highlights put in - until it takes over completely.

The youngest then proceeded to cry whilst I cut her hair, until tempted to do a chocolate taste test by her Dad - which went down well.  We then baked a cake, which sank in the middle (I was one egg down and the extra milk and baking powder clearly wasn't a good enough substitute) but which the eldest proclaimed tasted delicious and could I make it like that again, other than perhaps when we had guests coming. The cheek!

Anyway, moving on to part 2 of my posts on Wardrobe Editing.  Having shown you the "editing" part yesterday, I am now moving onto the "organising" part. I firmly believe an organised Wardrobe  will work harder for you than a messy one where you can't see anything/can only find one shoe/everything is crumpled up etc. And yes, whilst it does take a couple of hours to get it how you want it, you will easily get that time back - and the cost of eliminating the hassle factor in the morning is priceless.

This isn't about what is in my Wardrobe  - rather it is about how it it is organised and what works for me. It won't work for everyone but sometimes seeing what doesn't work, helps you to decide what will work for you.

So here goes - this is the Wardrobe iteself, included purely so as to put everything into context. 

Left hand side of the Wadrobe:

Two shelves of clothing, having been organised with the things that I use most regularly (long sleeved tops/vests/striped items/often worn jeans and scarves) at eye level and all easy to grab in a jiffy.  These are the "building blocks" of my Wardrobe...

These are the shoes that I wear most often - not in any particular order but able to be seen easily.  I am not too hard on my clothes or shoes and rarely have to throw things away because I have trashed them.  Shoe trees help softer shoes keep their shape.

This is where my Wardrobe design failed me - not enough room for dresses!

Middle section of the Wardrobe

This is where I keep all of my dark knitwear - as you can see I am a bit of a fan of black and navy.  Again, these still fall into the "building blocks" catgory.  I have some accessories laid out so that they too are easy to see which means that they get used.

I have found a tie rack to be useful for hanging necklaces up - again, so that I see them and wear them.

Here I have hung my jackets and smarter trousers together and which I no longer wear very often.

This section contains pieces which I don't wear as often now - largely because they are my heaviest jumpers which I have moved to one side in anticipation of some warmer weather.

This is a separate rail on which I hang pieces that I want to wear but which I need to remind myself to wear - if you see what I mean. They aren't really the "building blocks" other than the darker items to the left, but rather the pieces which will add interest to an outfit, either in terms of colour, fabric or print.

I hope that you have found this useful. As I say, it won't work for everyone but even just taking a couple of tips away may help to make that mad morning rush a little easier!


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    1. Looking forward to seeing your red jeans though. I will email tomorrow. X

  2. Coloring your hair was a FAR better use of time than reading those comments! Love the idea of hanging the statement pieces separately - I try to choose my clothes the evening before once the kids are in bed - so as not to neglect them, as some of the DM readers quite obviously think we are doing:)

    1. Very organised of you! As to the view of the DM readers: I am lost for words.

    2. To quote one (atypical) DM reader "why all the hatred?" - and hats off to your daughter for fighting back with her comments!

  3. OMG - I am so in awe of your wardrobe Beth!! If I put pictures of mine online, I would get worse comments than were in the DM today!! lol. This kind of organisation is clearly why you are an amazing Mum/Small Business Owner/Blogger/Runner/Baker/Wife/Friend. Good on you girl! x

    1. Hi Avril, don't be impressed, I nicked the pics off the Internet (only joking). Thanks for your lovely comments but as a SAHM of twins, you have my utmost respect.

  4. I love your wardrobe too, and I discovered your blog because of the Daily Mail article today. I am really looking forward to following your future posts.

    1. Hi Cathy, thank you for dropping by and I hope that you like the future posts. All ideas welcome!

  5. Gosh I'm so glad to find someone else who organisers their wardrobe, I get laughed at for having items not only hung by item but by colour too. But it makes it so much easier in the morning.

    I like the necklace idea. I saw a belt hanger in M&S recently which I thought would be a great purchase.

    Glamour in the County

  6. Hi Lisa, I love a tidy Wardrobe. Maybe because it's the only place in the house that belongs to me alone. I've kind of accepted that the rest is what it will be for now - not that I would have it any other way.

  7. Well very nice wardrobe to begin with - am now wondering if we could fit a similar size in our bedroom? Hmm maybe if i kick my husband out & change the bed to a single.... hehe only joking (just.) Ah never mind the DM comments. I never read that paper but made the excpetion for the article & the comments sadly came as no surprise at all! Still , just a minor few. I for one enjoy reading these blogs. X

    1. Hi Amanda - or you could just nick a bedroom from someone else in your household and make them sleep downstairs instead. So pleased that you enjoy reading the blogs, thanks!

  8. It is a wise and sensible woman who knows to treat all remarks made by the people who read the Daily Fail and respond to articles by leaving comments with utter disdain. What a miserable lot they are!

    1. Apparently I have too much time - yet they are the ones spending time leaving nasty comments - hmmm, twisted logic me thinks(or just no logic at all)!

  9. How very organised! Something for me to aspire to. Also, re the Daily Mail article, I'm astounded at the horrible and misguided comments on there. I also saw your daughter's comment - what a credit to you she is. (oops, borrowed Yoda's grammar there!)

    I love your blog, and Avril on School Gate Style, and will continue to follow for fashion inspiration. Keep it up girls! x

    1. Hi mel - that's so kind of you. Glad that you took the wardrobe post as it was intended - I am sure that others won't have! Thank you re Flo's comment - our daughter is a sweetheart, beautifully kind but no pushover!

  10. Loving the wardrobe organisation! Mine is far from this...more a big jumble of shoes thrown in the bottom, sigh... Also flabbergasted at the DM comments, these people are mad! Clearly they are all wandering round in tracky bottoms....

  11. Well if it works for you that's fine! Ah, DM comments. I am at a loss for words.

  12. Beth I love your blog and those spiteful DM readers are clearly jealous of your style. Keep it up - I love reading your tips and seeing what you are wearing!

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