If you’re hopelessly addicted to Netflix like us, you might have come across this gem called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, where the organising and tidying expert herself frees people from the physical (and some say, emotional) trash they’ve accumulated over the years.
But for those who don’t like the somewhat sentimental methods that Marie advises you to apply, we’re suggesting these tips from Debby Kwong of Singapore company Sortorial (@sortorial on Instagram) instead. A fashion stylist with years of experience dressing models and celebrities, her services run the gamut of wardrobe purging ($210) to a complete fashion and wardrobe overhaul ($720). If you want some no-nonsense, sound and seriously practical advice from her years of expertise in the field, read on and then head over to www.sortorial.com.
Instead of crowding your ties onto a hanger, loosely roll them up and store them out of direct sunlight in a drawer to prevent the colours from fading. This lets you see, at a glance, what you have.
To avoid an overcrowded wardrobe, and to force you to think more carefully the next time you buy something, remove and discard one item from your closet first before adding something new.
On your vanity, organise your perfume bottles by height – tallest in the back row, shortest in front – so you can see them clearly. Store fragrances in a cool, dark place away from humidity.
Don’t chuck your favourite accessories in a drawer. Put them on display and you’ll use them more regularly.
Doing this instantly gives you 30 per cent more space in your wardrobe.
Sort your clothes into categories – for example, sleeveless, short-sleeved, long-sleeved – then organise each group by colour.
Now that your accessories drawer or tray is organised, keep up the good work by returning your rings/necklaces to their designated places at the end of the day.
Instead, stuff each designer bag with acid-free tissue paper to keep its shape and place it upright on a shelf in a dry, cool area.
Turn all your hangers around so the hooks point towards you (yes, the “wrong” way around). After you wear something, put the cleaned item back in the cupboard with the hook facing the “normal” way. In six months, any hanger still facing the wrong way represents an item you haven’t worn and should be donated or discarded.
Arrange each pair of shoes side by side, with one toe facing out and the other facing in. By nesting the insteps together, you can save several inches of space.