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Have you ever felt like you have no clothes to wear, despite the fact that you have absolutely no space in your wardrobe, because of all the clothes?

If your answer is yes, you are not alone and there IS help out there. All it takes is a little organisation. Here are some top tips on how to do it:

Throw it out
If you have piles of clothes that you haven’t worn in years for whatever reason, you need to get rid. If they’re in good enough shape you could sell them, or bring them to a charity shop. Otherwise, it’s off to the clothes recycling bin for you, unless, of course, you’re handy with a needle and thread and could turn them into something amazing.

Lift and separate
Separate all your jeans from your jumpers, your tops from your dresses and your underwear from your outerwear. Having all the different types of clothing in a different place makes picking an outfit MUCH easier.

Jeans
There are different ways to organise jeans – whether by size, colour, or style. The easiest is probably by colour, as it’s the most visual which is what you need when you’re staring into your wardrobe at 6am. Whether or not you decide to fold them neatly on a shelf, or hang them on the railing, is up to you.

Jumpers
It’s best to fold heavy jumpers so that they don’t lose their shape on the hanger, and do use some kind of moth repellent to protect your woollen clothes. Natural repellents such as patchouli oil, or cedarwood oil are always worth a try.

Dresses
A hanger is the only place for your dress. Organise them by colour rather than length, as it makes them easier to find. You could also have sub-categories of day and night dresses, if you’re REALLY organised!

Skirts
It’s best to hang these on those hangers especially made for skirts with the clips. Fold them in at the sides so the outside doesn’t get damaged and organise them by colour, but also by style. That skirt you wore in Ibiza last year probably isn't going to make an appearance any time soon, so you could stick that one at the back.

Shoes
If you have one of those closet organisers that are made for holding shoes, use it. They do collect a lot of dust, but isn’t that better than running around the place looking for your missing shoe first thing in the morning? If you don’t have one, the bottom of your wardrobe does the job too. Organise them by the height of the heels and style.

Underwear
Keep your fancy underwear separate from your normal, everyday underwear. Otherwise you’ll end up wearing your nice things to work, and they won’t seem so fancy anymore. If you want to REALLY go all out, you could line your underwear drawer with silk. How very seductive!

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Correct storage and cleaning of your fridge is essential for hygiene. Do you know where your milk is best kept in your fridge? Hint: It’s not on the door.

Top + middle shelves

  • Milk, yoghurt and any other dairy product should be kept on the top shelf and at the back of the fridge as this is where it is coldest. It is also a good idea to store cheeses in a lunchbox.
  • Condiments can be stored on the door of the fridge.
  • Leftovers/cooked meat should be carefully covered and kept on the middle shelf.

Bottom shelf
The bottom shelf is the only shelf that should have any raw meat or fish on it. They should also be covered well; this is too ensure there is no raw meat juices dripping onto any other foodstuffs which can be highly dangerous and very unhygienic.

Fruit and veg drawers
No need to tell you what goes in here surely, it’s in the name! This drawer is for any fruit and veg you have that need to go into the fridge, such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, strawberries etc.

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1. Cake Stands

Cakes and muffins look great on cake stands in the kitchen, so there is no reason why your nail varnish or make up can’t look great  on a cake stand in your bedroom! With so many adorable cake stands in the shops these days you can easily find one that will suit your taste and decor. It’s great for sorting the clutter on your vanity table.

2. Spice Racks

Use your old spice rack or buy a cheap one, paint it a pretty colour, stick it on the wall, line up your favourite nail varnish colours and feel super organised.

3. Cheese grater

Use an old cheese grater to hang earrings and you’ll never lose one again. If you paint it a pretty colour and give it a kitsch look it won’t even look like a grater anymore!

4. Picture frame

Remove the glass from the frame. Cut some chicken wire (the one with holes in it) to the size of the frame and place inside as you would glass. Hang up those earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

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These small changes will make your life a lot easier – in fact, you’ll wonder how you ever did things differently.

  1. Save the little plastic clips that keep your bread packet closed to organise places where there are lots of cords running. Label the clips with the name of what the cord is for and clip them on. You’ll never accidentally plug out the computer again.
  2. Dropped your favourite earring somewhere around the house but no idea where? Put a piece of tights/pop sock over the base of the hoover securing with a hair bobbin and it will find whatever you need without sucking it up into oblivion.
  3. Are you always putting the wrong keys into the door? Paint your keys with different coloured nail varnish and you’ll never be standing outside in the cold for longer than necessary. You can even let your artistic side out!
  4. Is it getting painful and actually rather dangerous to light your favourite candle, which is almost gone and very hard to light? Instead of trying to stick the lighter/match inside the candle holder, light a long uncooked piece of spaghetti and use that instead to light the wick.
  5. Hate washing up? Having some pizza? Flatten your box and use it as a plate.
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