Creating your dream closet on a budget

If you’re a fan of fashion, you probably love it when the seasons change and you can switch from warm winter sweaters into chic spring gear, and then into cool summer clothing before digging out those sweaters again as autumn approaches. If ‘digging out’ is exactly what you have to do, it may be a good idea to think about organising your wardrobe so that everything is visible and to hand when you need it. You don’t have to spend a fortune in the process (save that for the fashion items) and there are some really great ways to create the ultimate storage solution even if you’re working to a budget. Here are a few that are inventive and fun.

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Analyse your options

Start with the space available, including space that currently isn’t being used for your clothing. Can you convert a spare box room or nursery for example? Is there an option to use under-stair space for smaller items, such as shoes and bags? Is the attic available as a walk in wardrobe, complete with ottoman, stool or dressing chair and full-length mirror?

Think about the types of clothes you’re going to store and whether you need a lot of long, tall space for dresses, for instance, or more shelving and shorter hanging spaces for tops, skirts and jackets. This will help you decide whether to opt for freestanding rails or wardrobes or a fully built-in solution. Some freestanding wardrobes come with sliding doors if space is a consideration.

Choose your preferred combinations

Once you know how much space you have to play with, you can plan the details of organising it. Good tips include using shower hooks on a rail for hanging up your jeans, so that they don’t get creased in the middle from having been folded and piled on top of one another. You can use the same trick to hang up handbags, and even store small oddments inside them. Shelving is great for displaying shoes, and you can easily do up an old bookcase if you don’t have enough room for the built-in variety. If you prefer to keep shoes in boxes, take a quick photo of each pair and paste it on the front of the box so you can find the right ones quickly.

If you are lucky enough to have the room to combine hanging space, shelving, drawers and shoe boxes in one place, you will have created a prime storage solution to organising your wardrobe. Try using simple homemade dividers inside drawers to separate out pairs of socks or tights, and choose inexpensive, decorative wicker baskets on shelves for a variety of smaller items, including accessories and costume jewellery.

In the end, it’s all about getting organised so that you can see what garments and shoes you have at a glance and make your choices for an outfit quickly and easily – no more ‘digging out’ those seasonal pieces from underneath a pile of clothes. Your dream closet will revolutionise your wardrobe and, quite possibly, change your (getting ready to go out) life.