My dad made this necklace rack for me, and it’s based on one he made for my mom ages ago. I admired hers, but it wasn’t until I’d accumulated an enviable collection of necklaces that I recognized its practicality. Necklaces that are tangled in a knot and shoved in a drawer will never get worn. Necklaces that are tidily displayed will slip seamlessly into outfits, day after day.
Over the years, I’ve realized that seeing my clothes, shoes, and accessories is vital to making the most of my wardrobe. I subscribe to the “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy of house cleaning, which means that I have MANY junk drawers and broom closets packed with unloved miscellany. That philosophy spills over into my outfit-planning habits as well. If something is tucked away in a seldom-used drawer or buried under stacks of other stuff, it will be forgotten and abandoned in favor of the visible.
So I try to keep everything visible.
I roll my tights and set the rolls on their sides so I can see a bit of each color and pattern in the drawer. I use a hanging sweater storage unit so I can see each texture and tone peeking out. I hang my belts on a rack outside my armoire so I can see my options. I store my shoes on shelves and racks so I can see and select more easily.
Keeping clothes and accessories visible helps me with brainstorming. Seeing my options laid out sparks countless ideas for pairings and facilitates outfit creativity.
Is a visible wardrobe a priority for you? What do you wish you could display that you currently can’t? Do items kept hidden get worn less? How do you display your clothing and accessories?
P.S. Yes, that is a stuffed wombat on my dresser. Wanna make somethin’ of it?