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How to Deep-Clean and Organise Your Wardrobe

Are you at home and have time to spare? Use it to organise your wardrobe and give it a tidy makeover.


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If you’re wondering how to keep your home clean and tidy, you can do it by putting everything in its right place. The things you usually misplace are your clothes and accessories, pulling them out haphazardly whenever you’re in a rush. Your wardrobe could get messy quickly and things might spill out. 

You may have been planning to sort it for a long time but felt you never had the time before. Now that you are home, you might want to organise your wardrobe such that it stays organised and tidy for a long time.

1) Deep-Clean Your Cupboard

Start with cleaning. Empty your wardrobe and wipe down every surface with soapy water. You can mix 3 tsp. of dishwashing liquid in 1 litre of water to make a soapy solution. To do this, you can try using Vim dishwashing liquid, which is easily available in the market. Remember to wipe all the hangers, rods, hooks and drawers too. Thereafter, wipe the soap off with a plain, wet cloth. 

Once the wardrobe is dry, place old newspapers on the shelves to make it easier to clean later. You can also put a few mothballs inside to prevent insects. Check out this article for detailed steps on how to clean your closet. 

2) Clean Your Clothes

Not just your wardrobe, but even the clothes you put inside it must be clean. It is good to wash your clothes after each use, to prevent germs and infection from spreading. This is especially true for clothes that you wear outside, which are likely to have picked up germs if you’ve brush against a soiled object, or while tending to someone unwell. It is better not to repeat clothes without washing them.

Washing clothes thoroughly with detergent is a good way to remove germs. You can also use a bleach-based (sodium hypochlorite) product like Rin Ala for towels, clothes, etc. Rin Ala is a sodium hypochlorite bleach and is recommended for use on white clothes only. Do not use it on coloured clothes.

If you have a washing machine, wash clothes on the appropriate water temperature setting, in accordance with the directions on the labels of laundry or clothing items. Ensure that the clothes are thoroughly dried in the sun before folding them, as residual moisture can lead to fungus growth.


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3) Segregate Items

Sort your clothes and accessories into categories, i.e. pants, tops, skirts, dresses, kurtas, belts, scarves and so on. Within each category, segregate items into three piles: keep, donate or toss. Once the sorting is done, you will have a better idea of which items need to go where.

4) Organise Your Clothing

Hang items like tops, kurtas, dresses, skirts, etc. on hangers (preferably wooden, to retain their shape) in descending order of length. You could even hang two tops per hanger. Under shorter items, you can place either storage boxes or piles of clothes, thus utilising the space under hangers.

Purses and occasion-wear like anarkalis and ghaghra-choli sets can be placed on the top shelf of the wardrobe since they are not needed daily. 

Put your lingerie in drawers or storage boxes. Otherwise, being smaller items, they may get lost between larger clothes and be difficult to locate. Make full use of the door by attaching hooks to hang belts, small bags and scarves.

Organise your wardrobe with these simple tips today. Happy tidying! 


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