How To: Wardrobes

Posted by Vicky Silverthorn on 16th February 2015 (updated: 8th June 2018)

Decluttering and organising your wardrobe makes you feel like you’ve just been on a shopping spree!

Unearthing the items you forgot you even had and getting back the realisation that actually, you have a lot more than you thought you did.

This process is time consuming, don’t under estimate the time it will take to do a proper job.

There are a couple of ways to go about it depending on how much you like to organise and how much spare time you have. If like me you are always busy and fighting for time, then I would highly suggest you do this bit by bit, section by section.

1. The bit by bit method

  • Allow yourself realistically a week or so to complete an hour every day.
  • Get your charity bags ready! And of course a cup of tea in hand.
  • Choose a section to start on. A category.
  • ‘Pass onto someone else to enjoy’ any items you are over, don’t like anymore or don’t enjoy wearing.
  • Any that don’t fit and realistically won’t for a while remove from your day to day wardrobe and store elsewhere.
  • Refold/hang and place back in looking neat and easily viewable.

Repeat this process each day, or every couple of days. Never bite off more than you can chew or you will end up getting frustrated and bored and the job will end up incomplete.

You will still have a feeling of satisfaction even if all you have done in one day is your underwear drawer!

The feelings of guilt and regret at silly purchases will soon go, I assure you. It’s worse to be reminded of bad buys every day when you open your wardrobe.


2. The doing it all in one go method

This is for those of you who have a whole day to dedicate. And perhaps a friend to help you. A whole day is not an exaggeration if you are to do this properly (believe me – I have worked on hundreds of wardrobes in the last few years).

  • Still work in sections – pulling out one whole rail at a time.
  • Get your friend to hold up each item and then make a set decision on it. What initially comes into your head? Go with it.
  • Create a ‘try on’ pile if need be. Try items on at the very end of the process.
  • If it doesn’t fit but you realistically know it will soon, pack it away until it does. Don’t waste precious space in your day to day wardrobe.
  • If you have a spare room then remove less used/occasional clothes so they can live in there. If you have the space this is ideal.



  • Always start with as clear a room as possible and a made bed.
  • Skinny hangers can save you over half the room you have in your wardrobe – the more room the easier it is to see your clothes. Below are x20 wooden hangers vs x20 skinny from the range I sell in my online shop.



  • Remember that even changing all of your hangers over to your new ones takes time. Allow a couple of hours for this on any medium sized wardrobes (yes a couple!).
  • Remember many people find the process of letting go hard initially. In my experience letting go can be something you learn gradually. So if you don’t get rid of the amount you hoped you could initially, don’t worry – I bet in another week you will surprise yourself and pull out more to send to the charity shop.
  • Remember – you can like something on the hanger but it doesn’t mean you like it on yourself! There is a big difference.
  • Don’t buy storage just for the sake of it – sometimes gimmicky dividers etc can be a hindrance not a help! Buy storage once you know what you are left with.


About Vicky Silverthorn

Vicky Silverthorn started her first business in 2010. After ten years working as a PA for well known names such as Lily Allen as well as professional sports people, she decided that she wanted to concentrate on the area of Professional Organisation and Decluttering.