How to arrange your wardrobe easily for the New Year

An Australian cleaning expert has come up with a simple strategy for tidying up your wardrobe over the New Years period, and you just need to look at your coat hangers.

Chantelle Mila, a mother of two, from Melbourne, took to TikTok to share her innovative style, which she suggested trying it out before the summer was over.

She began by turning all the coat hangers with the clothes on them so that they would be in the back of her wardrobe.

Then, when you use some of the items, she washes them and puts them back in the closet, this time with the coat hanger oriented the right way.

Chantelle Mila, a mother of two, from Melbourne, took to TikTok to share her innovative style, which she suggested trying it out before the summer was over.

Chantelle Mila, a mother of two, from Melbourne, took to TikTok to share her innovative style, which she suggested trying it out before the summer was over.

She started by turning all her coat hangers with clothes on them so that they would be in the back of her wardrobe

Then, because she uses some items, she washes them and puts them back in the closet, this time with the coat hanger facing the right way

She started by turning all her coat hangers with clothes on them so that they would be in the back of her wardrobe

When it’s time to stock and sort, the coat hangers that are still left over are the ones you haven’t worn and should be thrown away.

“You’ll know exactly what I used and what I didn’t use,” she said.

Chantel fans were quick to acknowledge the effectiveness of her ‘hack’ and insisted that they would try it out for themselves as January 1 approached.

Below the video, one of the women wrote: “This is a very clever idea, what a good one.”

Earlier this year, Stephanie Bassey, of New South Wales, shared a YouTube video showing how she keeps her daily routine and home in order — all while juggling a family of four and a full-time job.

The 30-year-old organizational queen explained exactly how you can contain clutter in every space of your home, from closets and kitchen to bathroom and linen closet.

She said applying small habits like putting things back where they belong or eliminating 10 to 15 minutes a day can eventually become part of your routine.

“I really want to assure you guys that getting organized isn’t about perfection, it’s about not feeling like a slave to your home and your life — and that’s what I’m all about,” he said.

The 30-year-old organizational queen explained exactly how you can contain clutter in every space of your home, from cupboards and kitchen to bathroom and linen closet.

The 30-year-old organizational queen explained exactly how you can contain clutter in every space of your home, from cupboards and kitchen to bathroom and linen closet.

The 20 items to get rid of now

DVD / Videos

Coat hanger unused

Broken toys and missing pieces

Socks don’t match

broken crafts

broken stationery

dead batteries

Old makeup/hair accessories

broken jewelry

Expired spices

broken hardware

Tech accessories and boxes

clothes with holes

Old sheets that you don’t use

Ancient texts and medicines

old receipts

Old gift vouchers and lists

shoe boxes

Unused gifts

Clothes that don’t fit

Declutter everything

Before you organize your home, Stephanie — who blogs at Just Other Mummy — said you need to get it all off.

“When you de-clutter a space, it always gets worse before it gets better,” she said.

“You don’t want to organize junk in your home that you don’t need and you will learn along the way what you really need.”

Stephanie pointed out that once you clear the clutter from your home, you still need a system that works for you so you can keep track of every room.

You are not going to fix your house and then it will stay that way. ‘You still get messy spaces,’ she said, ‘you’ll mess up the seat every day.’

“It’s just something you need to know that you need to implement these habits every day and you are just taking care of yourself in the future.”

kitchen

“The kitchen is the heart of the home and I feel like a place can get really messy fast and I know a lot of us feel like we’re constantly cleaning the kitchen,” she said.

To keep the kitchen on top, Stephanie said the magnetic planners on her fridge have been a “lifesaver” for organizing their weekly meals and shopping list.

To keep the kitchen on top, Stephanie said the magnetic stripes in her fridge were like

To keep the kitchen on top, Stephanie said the magnetic planners in her refrigerator have been a “lifesaver” for organizing their weekly meals and shopping list.

Stephanie’s Top Organizational Tips

Set a weekly cleaning schedule: Steph has tasks that she will complete daily, weekly, and monthly, and she uses the Tidy app, which reminds her of the urgency of different cleaning tasks.

Preparing food ahead of time: Steve likes to use Sunday to chop a lot of fruits and vegetables during the week and make breakfasts in advance. Then, no matter how crowded the weeks, her food will always be under control

Planned meals ahead of time: Steve likes to plan up to a week

Use the slow cooker: If she knew a particularly busy day was coming, Steve said she’d start dinner first thing in the morning

Scheduling a load of laundry first thing: If your washer has the jobs, schedule your laundry for nine hours after you go to bed and you’ll wake up to a full wash ready to hang.

“Our fridge is basically like our family command center, it has everything we need to know for the next month and we have all the meals planned,” she said.

“Planning is a really good tool for anyone, it helps you save a lot of money, you know exactly what you need from the stores and you’re not going to the stores and just buying random things that you end up not eating. Explode.

“Honestly it helps you budget. If we don’t eat these meals in this order, we still have things to prepare, even if it means we’re going to freeze food at the end of the week. If I go to the stores and the pork is on sale, I stock up on the pork and put it in the freezer. .

She has a monthly planner where she notes her family’s upcoming medical appointments or events like a wedding, vacation, or swimming lessons for her daughters.

It really helps to communicate so you don’t feel like you’re always chasing each other trying to figure out what’s going on. So I would definitely recommend having a family command center like this one.

Besides her planners, she also has a “don’t forget” list where she writes down any chores she or husband Ryan needs like doing laundry or cleaning the playroom.

This is my favorite unpacking and to-do list. So either Ryan and I try to do one of these things every week or day depending on how busy we are.

Inside her refrigerator, Stephanie strategically arranges each shelf to avoid food waste

Inside her refrigerator, Stephanie strategically arranges each shelf to avoid food waste

Refrigerator

Inside her refrigerator, Stephanie strategically arranges each shelf to avoid wastage, stacking half-eaten snacks and anything close to its expiration date in a “use me first” shelf to make sure it’s used, not tossed in the trash.

She stacks sauces, seasonings, and spreads on a $7 Lazy Susan-inspired turntable from Kmart so you can clearly see what’s left in each bottle.

The mother stores her baby’s milk in an $8 glass tray that can be pulled out completely to keep it rooting in the back of the refrigerator.

Mom puts half-eaten snacks and anything close to its expiration date on a shelf

Mom puts half-eaten snacks and anything close to its expiration date in a “use me first” shelf (pictured) to make sure they’re used, not tossed in the trash

She uses the same containers for dairy products, raw meat, and lunches, which makes everything “more organized.”

Putting everything you need in the fridge a certain way and having specific systems like this one can stop the waste and you won’t end up finding things in the back of the fridge [weeks or months later,’ she explained.

Every Sunday, she sets aside time to prepare all her family’s weekly lunches and dinners – and she also chops up all the fruits and vegetables so she doesn’t need to do them later in the week.

‘These routines will just become a habit for you guys over time,’ she explained.

Stephanie said having a well organised pantry helps her save a fortune on her grocery bills because she can exactly which ingredients runs low or empty

Stephanie said having a well organised pantry helps her save a fortune on her grocery bills because she can exactly which ingredients runs low or empty

Categories to create for your kitchen pantry

  • Oils/vinegar
  • Spices
  • Spreads
  • Meal kits
  • Side dishes 

  • Snacks
  • Health food
  • Sauces
  • Sweets
  • Baking

PANTRY

Stephanie said having a well organised pantry helps her save a fortune on her grocery bills because she can exactly which ingredients runs low or empty.

‘Having an organised pantry is going to make your house run smoother and stop food wastage because you always know what you’ve got especially when you’re doing your shopping list,’ she said.

She categorises the food in her pantry, which includes snacks, side dishes, meal kits, sauces, baking essentials, cooking oils and a range of vinegar.

‘Coming up with the categories for your pantry is going to be handy when you’re making your shopping list so you don’t end up repurchasing things you already have,’ she said.

NEW AGE JUNK DRAWER

Instead of leaving things out in plain sight, Stephanie created a ‘junk drawer’ for her family so they can store away loose items like coins, chargers, hair ties, pens and any other knick knacks that they don’t want lying around the home.

‘Junk drawers are useful because it stops your benches in your kitchen from getting messy,’ she explained.

Instead of leaving things out in plain sight, Stephanie created a 'junk drawer' (pictured) for her family so they can store away loose items like coins, chargers, hair ties, pens and any other knick knacks that they don't want lying around the home

Instead of leaving things out in plain sight, Stephanie created a ‘junk drawer’ (pictured) for her family so they can store away loose items like coins, chargers, hair ties, pens and any other knick knacks that they don’t want lying around the home

To keep it neat and clutter free, she used a $29.99 cutlery tray from Ikea that’s perfect for dividing up her drawer.

‘I recommend going through your junk drawer and making a system for it,’ she said. 

‘So this stuff is basically things I grab every morning like I have some makeup powder that I need, we’ve got phone chargers which I’ve wrapped up and tied off so it’s not as messy. I’ve got lots of pens, coins and stuff like that.

‘I definitely don’t condemn the junk door, I think it’s a great thing to have.’

‘DROP OFF ZONE’ ENTRYWAY

The key to having a well organised home starts at the entrance of your home, Stephanie explained.

‘Another part of the home that tends to get really cluttered and messy and can just be chaotic is the entryway – this is what I call the drop off zone,’ she said.

‘This is an area where you drop your bag, keys, phone, wallet, shoes, kids’ backpacks, school notes, mail, everything goes into this small space. It’s super easy for it to go out of hand and if you can nail your entryway, the rest of the house is going to flow.’

She uses a $19.99 wall newspaper rack from Ikea to store all the mail and notes

Along the wall, there's hooks so the family can hang their hats and a shoe cabinet where all the footwear are stored away neatly

The key to having a well organised home starts at the entrance of your home, Stephanie explained. She uses a $19.99 wall newspaper rack (left) from Ikea to store all the mail and notes and a cabinet (right) to keep all their shoes in one place

She uses a $19.99 wall newspaper rack from Ikea to store all the mail and notes.

‘I absolutely love it, I use it in the office as well – it’s perfect for kids school notes and just stuff you can throw in there and it doesn’t have to take up your whole kitchen bench,’ she said.

Along the wall, there’s hooks so the family can hang their hats and a shoe cabinet where all the footwear are stored away neatly. 

‘Having a place where you can throw all your things can be amazing to have and make life a lot easier for you guys,’ she said.

To declutter her wardrobe, Stephanie said she does a 'big cull' every six months so she could get rid of any clothing she no longer wears

To declutter her wardrobe, Stephanie said she does a ‘big cull’ every six months so she could get rid of any clothing she no longer wears

WARDROBES

The three wardrobe culling questions to ask yourself

1. Have you worn it in the last six months? 

2. If I saw this in a store, would I buy it?

3. Is there someone else I know who would get more use out of this than me?

To declutter her wardrobe, Stephanie said she does a ‘big cull’ every six months so she could get rid of any clothing she no longer wears.

‘I find six months is a good time frame because we tend to hold on to things but you probably won’t wear them again,’ she said.

To determine whether or not to keep an item, Stephanie said there’s three questions she always asks herself. 

‘I like to ask myself “have I worn this in the last three to six months?”, “if I saw this in a store, would I buy it?” and “do I know someone that would get more used out of this than me?”,’ she said.

‘With those questions, you can kind of determine if you really need that top and you’ll probably find each time you cull, you’ll keep looking at the same top and that will end up going.’

Once she creates a pile of clothes she no longer wants, she donates them to a charity store or gives them to her family or friends. 

For her husband's everyday clothes such as casual shorts and work clothing, she categorises them in a $12.99 box (pictured) from Ikea

For her husband’s everyday clothes such as casual shorts and work clothing, she categorises them in a $12.99 box (pictured) from Ikea 

For storage, she puts her accessories like belts, scarves, hats and hair ties into its own box, which she buys from bargain stores for just $2.

‘It just keeps it a lot cleaner,’ she said.

Stephanie uses a $15 four-pack shoe boxes from Ikea, which she says are great for storing away footwear in the wardrobe.

‘You don’t have to break the bank to be organised,’ she said.

For her husband’s casual shorts and work clothing, she neatly stores them in a $12.99 box with lid from Ikea.

‘This is kind of like his wear again tub so these are clothes he usually wears again and then throws them in there. I just find it is a lot neater than having shelves with just clothes thrown on them,’ she said.

‘You really do have to work with your family and what their personality is like which is fine and this just works really well for Ryan and I.’

Stephanie categorises everything in her linen closet, ranging from quilt covers and sheets to bath towels and cushion covers

Stephanie categorises everything in her linen closet, ranging from quilt covers and sheets to bath towels and cushion covers

LINEN CLOSET

Stephanie categorises everything in her linen closet, ranging from quilt covers and sheets to bath towels and cushion covers.

‘We sorted them into categories using tub. Everything has its place and if I ever buy anything that means I get rid of something,’ she said.

She said you should only keep the towels and sheets you actually use. 

‘You don’t need a million towels and a million sheets,’ she said, adding her family only has no more than two to three fitted sheets each. 

Just like the rest of her home, Stephanie categorises her toiletries and places them into tubs

Just like the rest of her home, Stephanie categorises her toiletries and places them into tubs

BATHROOM

Just like the rest of her home, Stephanie also categorises her toiletries and places them into $4 boxes from Ikea.

‘So the bathroom is where the cabinets get very very messy and you end up buying a lot of shampoo and conditioner that you’ve already got,’ she said.

‘Obviously cull through your cupboards and then get some tubs and just make categories of it.’

Her categories include face, body, masks, hair and tanning.

‘This is just what works for me and it hasn’t gotten messy once,’ she said.

‘It is so much better having everything in a category because you know exactly what you have and what you need. Being organised honestly saves you a lot of money.’

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