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Try Oprah Winfrey's closet hanger experiment

19 December 2015

Specialised storage is the buzzword of interior design as homeowners look for practical ways to improve the functionality of interior spaces. Common additions to new homes include a walk-in pantry or scullery, walk-in wardrobes, a personalised home office space, customised laundry or DIY garage.

Modern wardrobe sliding doors have become one of the hottest trends in New Zealand as utilitarian design ideas make their way into the bedroom. Trends reflect minimalism, floating shelves and customised storage areas for personal accessories.

If all else fails one quick and easy way to declutter your wardrobe is to try Oprah Winfrey’s closet hanger experiment. Get started by hanging any clothes you want to discard in the reverse direction. After wearing an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard.

This experiment can be applied to other clutter areas paying homage to kids toys, linen, tools or cleaning products.

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Tips to make a wardrobe bigger

  • Install a full length mirror
    Mirrors provide the illusion of space and if used on wardrobe sliding doors can hide unappealing items.

  • Use adjustable shelving
    Adjustable shelving will allow a wardrobe to grow with you as your needs and wants change.

  • Install a shoe carousel
    Maximise space by positioning a show carousel in the corner of your wardrobe.

  • Add pull-out clothing racks
    Make a better use of space and keep folded items out of sight.

Photo Credit: Amanda Aitken Photography