Solutions for a walk-in wardrobe

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No need to empty your wardrobe to find your favourite shirt of pullover anymore! A well planned dresser will help you organise your clothes thanks to dedicated spaces, and multiple and functional compartments.

The layout and its standards

Choose between wardrobes, drawers and shelves. Or even better, try an L or U shaped layout. Is it for a room, a corridor or an entry? Organising storage spaces is a science of its own and requires going through a list of fundamental parameters to do it properly. Here is a small guide to your wardrobe management.

The format: For the structure of your dressing space, choose something which not only adapts to the room but also to your lifestyle. In L-shape using the corner of 2 walls; in U-shape with 3 walls, or lining a wall. The choice is yours. Do not forget to think about dimensions which will enable you to move around as freely as you wish when you get dressed.

Materials: Decide on the materials you prefer but also make sure of their quality and durability. A traditional wardrobe is usually made of melamine panels, aluminum columns, and shelves in wood or in glass. These are all robust materials which do not require any specific maintenance.

The organisation: Once more, your accessory choices have to align with your lifestyle. As such, your garments have to be sorted out in order of priority. Use fully the various spaces for different functions: closet rods for shirts, dresses, vests and pants; one section for shoes; a few drawers for the lingerie, scarves and socks, and shelves for t-shirts and pullovers… and, of course, boxes to protect your clothes from dust.

Allow you storage space to breathe

As you will use it all the time, make it nice and pleasant with a decor and gentle lights for the morning.

Pick a closet rod which lights up for the wardrobe, halogen lamps with flexible arms to diffuse the light, or coloured LED ribbons for drawers and other compartments. You may also install motion-detection lights. This will be convenient and you will not have to manually switch the lights on and off for each use anymore. Keep in mind that you will have to consider the wiring if your lights do not have batteries.

More than just a convenient and organised storage space, your wardrobe can also be part of the interior decor. While the stashing space may vary–in a whole room, encased in a corner, or an improvised surface (the backside of a bed headrest, for example)–experiment taints. Also mix and match accessories and materials for a style which will go hand in hand with the aesthetics of the room. Wood, smoked glass, or with big mirrors, the wardrobe doors, swinging or sliding, will give it a pretty finish.

Sorting out: The “KonMari” Method

According to “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, tidying up one’s interior gives more fluidity to your routine. To organise your wardrobe, she recommends the “KonMari” method. Storing your clothes and accessories is an art of its own.

As a matter of fact, one of KonMari’s rules is to avoid sorting out your clothes according to seasons, but instead from the smallest to the largest items to better visualise the whole wardrobe. Also, pants, short vests and dresses are the only clothes to be placed on hangers. As for your shirts, if you fold them vertically, they will last longer and you will not get into the habit of forgetting them at the bottom of a drawer, crushed by the ones which are the most commonly used. Finally, to avoid being cluttered, sort your clothes in 3 piles: the ones which you keep, the ones you give and the ones you sell. If an item does not bring you joy, get rid of it.

En effet, pour mieux organiser votre dressing, une des règles du KonMari est d’éviter de ranger vos vêtements par saison, mais plutôt du plus petit au plus grand pour y voir plus clair. Aussi, ce ne sont que les pantalons, vestes courtes et robes qui seront suspendus, tandis que le pliage de vos t-shirts, s’il est fait à la verticale, évite que vos vêtements s’abîment et demeurent oubliés au fond du tiroir, écrasés par ceux que vous utilisez le plus souvent. Finalement, pour éviter de s’encombrer inutilement, classifiez vos vêtements en 3 piles : ceux qui seront à garder, à donner et à vendre. Si un vêtement ne vous inspire pas de la joie, il faut s’en débarrasser !

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