We all have to get dressed every day, sometimes more than once for different events, so without a wardrobe system in place things can become chaotic, quickly. When your daily refrain is “I haven’t got anything to wear…. I can’t find this and that… maybe that dress is in the wash?” you might need to think about a wardrobe overhaul.

Being able to find what you need, when you need it, clean and ready to wear, relieves much stress from your day and saves precious time and energy. The following tips will get you well on your way to a beautiful, workable wardrobe.

Time for a clean slate: It helps to get your wardrobe completely empty when you get started, as you can then see exactly what clothes you have and how much space there is to store them. It is best to lay your clothing out on a flat surface such as a bed.

Declutter to get rid of clothes you don’t wear: Once you have cleared your closet and have placed all your clothes together visibly, create separate piles of your clothing- clothes to keep and that you wear frequently, clothes to keep that you wear infrequently (like evening dresses), clothes that you wear but are not in season, clothes that you wear that need mending/ stain removal/ dry cleaning, clothes to give to charity, clothes to sell and clothes to throw away. Once the clothes have been organized in this system it is easier to begin to store the clothes that you keep efficiently.

Using space effectively: Store your most-used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items above. Use boxes or hanging organizers to store shoes. Combine storage units to fit your different needs: drawers for folded items, hangers for dresses and suits, and boxes for odds and ends. If you have plenty of space, then you may be able to house all of your clothes back in the wardrobe, if you don’t you can store items elsewhere in the house- in decorative suitcases, trunks, or kists.

Treat your closet like a room: Take care choosing lighting, wall paint or wallpaper, flooring and seating, if you have space. Lighting is particularly important so you can see what is in your wardrobe, and how you look dressed.