Chatting with sewing friends over the weekend strayed onto the hot topic of how people store their, ahem, impressive collection of outfits. I’m not going to go into details here. No one needs to know how many dresses Dolly Clackett actually owns – that’s her business and no one else’s. But I’ve definitely noticed that my sewing output is having an impact on my wardrobe space and I’d love to know how others manage their clothes storage.
We have two standard size wardrobes in our house, plus three chests of drawers. Two of the chests of drawers don’t really count as they hold things like old bills, dog-eared photos, ancient mobile phones and swimming costumes that only come out every other year when I stray into a hot country.
So how does this translate into practical space for putting my clothes away?
This is my wardrobe. You’ll probably recognise several of the items hanging there. Or you would, if they weren’t having the life crushed out of them. I often pull an item out of this space, gaze wearily at the creases, and shove it back in the wardrobe. (I’ve said it before here, and I’ll say it again – I loathe ironing.)
This is a cheap-as-chips IKEA wardrobe that I bought when my boyfriend moved in. It sits in the middle bedroom/office. It’s meant to be for Ian’s clothes, but less than half of this space is taken up with his work shirts. The rest of the space has seen my belongings creep in there. It gets worse:
This is the bottom of our second wardrobe. Stuffed in with the old computer monitors and smelly trainers are clothes hastily folded. I’ve done nothing to protect them from dust or moths. It gets even worse:
The top of the spare wardrobe. Come on! Where does everyone else store their suitcases?! I go away quite a lot – there’s no way I’m climbing in and out of the loft every time I want to pack my toothbrush. A lot of people won’t even have loft space, so surely I can’t be the only person doing this?
Sometimes I feel like such a loser in the game of Pretending To Be An Adult. My mother would have this all sorted.
What does everyone else do for clothes storage? Are our two wardrobes pathetically meagre? Does everyone else have wall to wall built in storage space?
What am I doing wrong, people? This situation is only going to get worse before it gets better, because I’m not giving away my sewing machine any time soon.