The Art of Wardrobe Organisation

By Oliver Burns

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May 27, 2020|Luxury Design

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  • ur wardrobes are often an extension of our personality, and hold many of our most treasured possessions. However, with space often at a premium, creating a streamlined and organised wardrobe has clear benefits. The trend for downsizing is one we have observed increasingly at the top end of the market, as our clients look for residences that reflect their unique lifestyles. One such example is the Crossways scheme; a new collection of luxury lateral apartments created with the discerning downsizer in mind. Working alongside property developer, Niveda Realty, our luxury credentials where enlisted to design the interiors of nine apartments located on the prestigious Bishop’s Avenue. Efficient space planning was an intergral part of the brief; the end result illustrating that downsizing does not need to mean compromising on style. This same philosophy extends to the concept of a capsule wardrobe. By carefully considering what you really need and use, you are able to create a more functional and efficient space. When downsizing, we always recommend consulting a professional. One of our go-to experts for wardrobe organisation is style consultant, Oriona Robb, who works alongside an exclusive portfolio of private clients helping them to discover their personal style. We sit down with Oriona to find out her expert tips on how to maximise storage space, organise your belongings and part with items that no longer serve you.

  • Regent's Park Townhouse Dressing Room. Photo by Oliver Burns.
  • Regent's Park Townhouse Dressing Room. Photo by Oliver Burns.

What are your top tips for creating a capsule wardrobe that saves on space?

In my experience, by creating an aesthetically pleasing wardrobe to look at, this in turn helps to maintain a minimalist approach. I love the clean look of velvet hangers, which help to prevent unwanted creases or wrinkles in your clothes and have the added benefit of having a convenient, lightweight design. I recommend organising your clothes by colour and style to make it easier to locate the items you need. To create an effective capsule wardrobe, stick to neutral colours for example black, denim, white, grey, navy and beige. Consider renting instead of buying when introducing new items to your collection. This is a great way of achieving a stylish wardrobe whilst practicing a more sustainable approach to fashion. My final tip for creating a capsule wardrobe would be to adopt the one-in, one-out policy. Every time you add something new, take another piece out and sell it or donate it to charity. This way you only keep what you need and are helping others in the process.

Photo via Oriona Robb.

What is your advice for maximising space in your wardrobe?

Learn the art of folding from Marie Kondo’s philosophy on tidying. Rather than laying things flat in a drawer, they should stand upright. The more folds there are, the less wrinkled the item will be when you are ready to wear it. I recommend experimenting with different folding or rolling techniques to see which method allows for the most storage whilst still being able to see the items you are selecting.

Are there any storage solutions you recommend to keep your wardrobe organised?

Lighting is a functional as well as stylish addition to your wardrobe that will enable you to see and use what you have more easily. To maximise available space, hooks are a great way to create extra storage for coats, bags or towels. If you don’t have empty wall space, add hooks to the back of wardrobe doors, which provides additional concealed storage. You can also add a mirror to the back of a door if you are limited on wall space. Consider adding shelves to your closet, which allows you to create a bespoke storage solution to meet your individual needs. Shelves can help you sort and organise your belongings, therefore eliminating clutter within your closet.

Belgravia Townhouse Storage Solution. Photo by Oliver Burns.

What is your advice for parting with cherished possessions?

I recommend this four-stage approach to deciding what to keep and what to let go of:

Step One: Determine which item you are ready to let go of.

Step Two: Take a picture of it to preserve the memory and make it easier to let go.

Step Three: Think back to when you used that item. Jot down how you felt when you used it or wore it. Focus on the emotions and the need it filled at the time.

Step Four: Ask yourself if you are willing to let the item go.

If the answer it’s mostly ‘no’, that’s okay, because it is a process and it does get easier. Keep working on it with various items that you want to detach yourself from. Once you are aware of the ‘why’, the ‘how’ reveals itself. You’ll soon recognise that emotional attachment to things from the past can tie you down and prevent you from moving forward in life. That’s not to say that you can’t keep a few mementos; but an excess amount can keep you anchored to the past. Be honest with yourself and let the item go so you can create more space for something that better suits your habits and lifestyle.

Family Residence Master Bedroom Wardrobe. Photo by Oliver Burns.

By mastering the art of wardrobe organisation, you are not only able to fully maximise the storage space you have, you are also able to part with items that no longer serve you and therefore welcome new belongings that better reflect your current lifestyle and tastes. We love Marie Kondo’s philosophy of expressing gratitude for these pieces in order to make room for new beginnings in your life.

London-based style consultant, Oriona Robb has perfected the art of styling with over two decades of experience in the fashion and beauty industry.

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