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Stylish Storage By Vicky Silverthorne

Come this time of year, we always have good intentions to pack away our summer dresses, light weight linens etc and get organised for Autumn/Winter, but we never quite get round to it! So, to kick start our organising, we enlisted the help of famed de-clutterer Vicky Silverthorne, founder of "You Need A Vicky".  She's kindly given us her top tips when it comes to getting your wardrobe (or armoire) in tip-top shape...

Seasonal Changes of Clothes:

Keeping on top of your seasonal wardrobe can be a challenge if it is not done properly and efficiently. If stored items aren’t easy to access or, if they aren’t put away properly, you will be more likely to put this job off rather than get excited about getting all of those clothes back in your life.

Firstly, ask yourself where the clothes are going to live. I have found the best place for me (in my two bedroom apartment) is under my spare room bed. Underneath beds are for organised items only! No clutter! I specifically chose to buy a bed that had room underneath it rather than dead space for reasons like this. Even when buying a new item of furniture you must take storage into consideration.

I store my clothes in categories in these simple under bed storage containers. Why? Because they are breathable and they have a clear section so what’s inside is easy to identify. I will always also write on paper a quick note and pop it in.

Featured Bed: Provencal Column Bed, £1250.

I also fill these containers with dried lavender; I buy it in bulk on eBay (20 handmade pouches) and am very generous with it. I prefer natural moth deterrents and clothes will always come out smelling good too.

General Rules:

When you are de-cluttering don’t give yourself too much to do in one go. Organise yourself.  If you are going at it alone then start with a drawer at a time. Make decisions on what is leaving and what can be stored for the winter and have your bags/storage ready. Take a bit by bit approach to avoid being overwhelmed. Have your tools in place before you start: Under bed storage, labels, a bag for the charity shop and of course any designer wear you wish to sell on, contact to resell any pre-loved clothing.

Look realistically through your clothes and ask yourself:

- Do I like that garment or do I actually like wearing it? (There is a big difference.)
- Have I loved and used this as much as I will.
- Has it had its day?
- Will it come back around? Unpredictable but worth a thought.
-Does this dress taking space up in my wardrobe that I wore on a special occasion, actually belong in a memory box or even a box of clothing for my children in the future?  A great long term memory box I love is this Hide and Seek Trunk; Big enough to keep adding to throughout the years and a great looking multi-use piece for your room.

Skinny Hangers:

Use skinny hangers to maximise the space you have. You can fit nearly three times as much in your wardrobe as well as making it look amazingly uniformed and appealing by switching to these. So, use your clothes buying budget for the month, count up your items and instead of adding to what you have, how about making the existing pieces desirable to wear again? Presentation is everything as they say!

Chose the correct storage for the correct item:

These drawers are perfect to categorise accessories, you know where to go for what and my tip would be to use the top drawers for the items you use most. You could fit your accessories, your jewellery, neatly rolled scarves, your make-up and daily used toiletries too, in these wonderful looking and compact chest of drawers.

Don’t be afraid to put frequently used items on show. How great would your perfume bottles look on this stunning shelf! Even a few favourite old classic books too…


Arthouse Cluster Shelves in White, £99; Rama & Sita Chest of Drawers in Grey, £285; Boho Apothecary Chest, £368.


Buy these dividers and arrange in a drawer to store your jewellery. Jewellery trees are great however when left out in open air jewellery is more likely to become tarnished. Collate all of the jewelry you have lying around the home and give it a home.

Keep it simple – General de-cluttering tip:

Many of us have been led to believe that the more intricate the system the better it is, I can assure you, this is not true. Whenever you are having a de-clutter or re-organising an area of your home just remember the key rule which is ‘Keep it simple’. It’s all about going back to basics.

20 minutes a day:

De-cluttering doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend days and days at a time working on your home. If you see that it’s going to be a big job ahead, tackle it bit by bit. Try to start with 20 minutes a day and don’t flit from place to place. Concentrate on one area at a time: A set of small drawers, a pile of paperwork, a bookshelf, a dresser drawer.

You will not believe the difference you can make in just a couple of weeks when you take this small amount of time out of your day.

I would like to offer readers a chance to book with 10% off a day of organizing and de-cluttering for any bookings in September. Please quote on your enquiry SEPTEMBER14



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