What to do when your wardrobe is too small for your clothes 

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Too many clothes? No, you just need more storage, says Lucy Dunn 

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By Lucy Dunn on

Last week columnist Sali Hughes wrote about her love of notebooks, and while I am very much in agreement over her predilection for stationery porn, for me storage porn has always had the slight edge. There's something about a box, hook or shelf system that promises calm and order in a hectic world.

My holy grail is clothes storage and wardrobe organisation – and by that I mean the tools to help me find everything, wear everything and put together a perfectly-executed outfit in the morning. It’s my #lifegoal, if not but for one very important reason: it allows me to stay in bed for a precious extra ten minutes. No amount of fancy notebooks can do that.

Given my small wardrobe is full-to-bursting right now and because I have just also bought my fourth blue jumper – not because I have a thing for blue jumpers but because I actually forgot I had three others – I think it’s time for a little prune. I will have to be strict. I do not have room for a bigger wardrobe, and actually if I did dare go out and buy one, I’d probably be heading for a divorce. Clothing space is a bit of a moot point in my house, mainly because ten years ago my husband believes he was allotted a third of the wardrobe which he claims he doesn’t have now.    

Maybe he doesn't, but once all my old stuff has been bin bagged up, he will be left with gaping chasms that he can fill, right? Very likely no (I’m not the best clothes culler in the world), but if I can’t be minimalist I might as well at least try to be neat.

Wardrobe space is a bit of a moot point in my house, mainly because ten years ago my husband was allotted a third of the wardrobe which he claims he doesn’t have now

There are a load of theories on how to organise your wardrobe efficiently. You can colour-code your clothes. You can sort them into separate categories – jeans, shirts, dresses and you can group them into things you use most often. No one “system” is right or wrong, and I find a sort of higgledy-piggedly mix of all three works for me.

I do believe that it’s worth investing in things that double a wardrobe’s space. Shelf dividers are good, as are these genius extendable shelves from La Redoute that can fit into the useless bit of space at the bottom of a wardrobe. Undershelf baskets from Wilko aren't that sexy-looking, but, trust me, they're brilliant for socks and bras. Remember that insides of doors can often fit rail and hook systems to hang bags, scarves. And ties too – if you have to give  your other hallf a few inches of space you might as well do it here. For a fiver too you can also add another rail – these Ikea tension rails are great.

The new “open wardrobes” are also good if you are buying a new closet or are looking for something to hold spill-over clothes (I've popped a few in my edit below). I love the look of modular shelving systems, clothes hangers and cool pipe and scaffolding rails. I do worry about dust, but feel free to ignore me because a) I’m a complete old fogey, and b) because actually, anything that does a good job and is cheaper than any traditional wardrobe will always get my vote. Especially if you're anything like me and have a clothes mountain that seems to grow by itself. 



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