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The main bedroom wardrobe or walk in robe is often one of the most difficult spaces to keep organised. We seem to accumulate so many clothes, shoes and accessories without getting rid of the stuff we no longer need as often as we should, and it sometimes becomes a storage place for so many unnecessary things that simply do not belong.
My wardrobe was horrendous. Clothes overflowing and all over the floor, shoe racks that ended up buried under the clothes so you couldn’t actually see what was on them, not to mention the shoe boxes up the top, bedding and far too many random items all making it not only look messy, but near impossible to find what we wanted quickly.
So I was very lucky when Howards Storage World came to the rescue with all I needed to complete a wardrobe makeover. One of my biggest issues was not having the best storage systems in place to get my wardrobe organised, along with the need to do a series downsize of clothing and accessories.
I cleared out the wardrobe completely at the start, so I could give it a good clean while I was at it. The vacuum cleaner had not seen the carpet under the mess for a while. Then beginning with the easy stuff, I sorted and downsized my clothing and accessories, throwing everything into a box that I no longer needed. Actually 3 mammoth boxes in the end between hubby and I, even though hubby needed a lot of harassing to part ways with much. Everything else went back in on Howards coat hangers, which are flocked so clothes actually stay on them. Unlike our old plastic ones that were also prone to breaking.
The Elfa drawer unit went in next, and is a great addition to our closet due to the lack of drawer space. My husband now has a hat drawer instead of throwing them up on the shelf somewhere. I also put our winter PJs & sweaters in the other 2 large drawers and my hair straightener and a few other flat accessories in the smaller top drawer.
The shoe racks are a much better fit than our existing racks. Lower so easier to see what we had without them getting lost under the hanging clothing. There was also the wooden 2 shelf racks that went on the shelf up top, where my shoe boxes used to be stacked. This is a far better storage solution for my high heels and boots than shoe boxes. I can actually see what I have!
Then there was the extra stuff that was taking up space – the vacuum bags are amazing. The Ziploc Vacuum Tote jumbo is holding 2 king size doonas, a king size mink blanket and 2 pillows. Crazy. The two large vacuum bags are full of clothes. One with our snow gear and the other with fancy dress and stuff we won’t actually wear like high school jerseys that we want to keep but don’t need taking up hanging space.
Now here’s the extra cool part – other than the stuff we no longer needed and yes there was a fair few clothes and shoes that exited the wardrobe, everything else that was in there that belonged there, went back in. Not only that, but a whole lot of stuff taking up space elsewhere in the house also went in. For example, the spare bedroom closet was full of our winter coats and jackets. That room is about to be converted into a third bedroom, so it needed to come out. We got rid of a few but the rest now fit in our wardrobe. Plus those plastic tubs, which are the 35L tubs are holding half of my old kids clothing store stock that was also taking up space in the spare room. This is a better solution for them until I sell them. So not only did we get our wardrobe looking neater, but we consolidated stuff from other areas in the house too!
There are a couple of other very cool little accessories that were a nice addition too. Like the scarf hanger:
The belt hanger:
And this cool jewellery hanger – what I love about this is no one would think to look in your wardrobe hanging area for valuables on the unfortunate event you were broken in to, but also it’s such a great space saver:
(Apologies for the lousy photos – it’s an awkward space to photograph due to the position of the doorway):
Hopefully this post has inspired you to do your own wardrobe makeover. Be sure to grab my free printable checklist to help you get the job done.
* Note: Payment was not received for this post, however product was provided to complete the wardrobe make over from Howards Storage World. All opinions in this post are my own. Giveaway open to Australian residents only.