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How to save wardrobe space by using Can Ring-Pull

I like my wardrobe to feel nice and look nice. Nicely pressed trousers, beautiful tops for an evening out, special dresses for special occasions all organised and ready to be selected for the appropriate occasion.

598C42B4-AD95-4611-8AD3-5436A0B75689But what happens when your nice clothes don’t fit in your small wardrobe space?  Well, I faced this dilemma a while back. My  wardrobe is small, and I have to confess to some laziness when it comes to organising it. But when I have times I go into super-drive mode and I want everything to be just right. Everything in its place and a place for everything. 

B32F907F-504C-4E14-B3CA-50DD4CEDF0ACSuper-drive mode usually comes out of the blue and can start at 4 in the morning and last until late at night. Well, it was during one of those super-mode days that I found myself struggling to hang everything in my wardrobe. I was drinking my favourite drink ( a can of  Fanta) trying to work out where to hang my outfits. Ah, I was holding the answer in my hand. I took the ‘ring-pull’ from the Fanta can and slipped it over the hook and neck of a coat hangar. Then I took another coat hangar and put the hook into the spare hole of the ring-pull. Two hangars taking the space of one. Being a Fanta drinker I  was able to quickly gather enough ring-pulls to double-up every coat hangar. Problem solved.

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How not to organise your wardrobe: then some thoughts on how to do it.

It’s great to have a nice, neat wardrobe. We all want it. I have tried a lot of wonderful systems and read a lot of advice about decluttering in order to make your wardrobe look like it’s on display in a classy retail showroom or boutique.

Yes, it’s a wonderful feeling to have your clothes, shoes, hats and gloves stored away in neat little draws.
But then, within a few days, we go back to not paying attention to the showroom neatness system (unless, of course, you have OCD, are a fashion stylist or fashion blogger).
A nice, neat wardrobe is great, open it and you don’t have to waste precious time searching for what to wear. But how many people really have the time to keep up with retail shop standards? Let’s be honest about this. We have busy lives; juggling work, running a business, looking after kids, doing school runs, after-school activities, cooking, cleaning, laundry, ironing and all the other stuff.

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You might do it a few times, but then organising your wardrobe like an expert goes out of the window. And that is okay because we are humans, not robots. It’s okay to have a little mess in our wardrobe and, anyway, a little mess shows our personality.
I find that going to other people’s homes is like walking into a shop. Everything is perfect and neatly placed; I am sometimes afraid to touch anything because of the level of cleanliness and neatness. I think the reason our parents who were comfortable with a little mess at home enjoyed going shopping and visiting department stores is because it was an escape. Something different from the home. My wardrobe may not be perfect for someone else, but it is perfect for me. My wardrobe- organising techniques are always changing. I never know what will inspire me while I’m staring at the messy wardrobe I have neglected for months. When organising your wardrobe you need do listen to your heart. Every outfit in there has a story to tell. When I organise mine I have sometimes put on outfits that I wore when I had loads of fun with my children. So I put them on to see if they give me those warm and happy feelings again. I do the same with outfits I wore at difficult times. Do I still have negative associations with them? If so it may be time to get rid of them. And what about those clothes I wore when I had that row (wear them again for another row?)
The clothes we wear can shape our day. They carry