I actually started this off standing in my closet cleaning it up as I wear my frills daily, trying to tidy, I have to do it about once every week or so. Because of this, I've been able to get to understand myself a little better. How to tidy my space, what sort of pieces I want and what I need, what I need to make my space more manageable...what things I shouldn't be tempted to buy.
<3 Cute Storage Bins 4 Blouses <3
|Okay, these are actually housing bonnets and wigs that aren't on wig stands.|
This is a new plan. I am short, at 5'1" and that's fine but the fact that I don't want drawers to fold my blouses in, I've decided to sort of Mary Kondo my space that way. Hanging them up may be good but I would lose space. The drawers I've used in the past have been great but they aren't very tall and are best for things that fold and lay flat, which blouses and boleros and the like don't do with all the ruffled foofery. My fabric stash has taken over and so I've a new plan.
And though hanging would be best, reducing wrinkles, I don't have that kind of space.
<3 Versatile Accessories <3
Wearing frills as often as I do, I've found I don't like sticking to one style of lolita fashion. I wear mostly classic and goth lolita, delving into sweet on some occasion, so I need pieces that work for both. I have mourning and cameo jewelry that works well with both classic and goth, beaded pieces too, and because I don't have hardcore sweet I can often get away with some pearls and things with them.
I tend to wear a lot of creams, reds, and black and so those are really the colors I use for head pieces. I store those all away in one large drawer along with detachable bows. I don't like them sitting on the dress being pulled or smooshed by the pressure from other dresses because they can get deformed. Laying them flat gives my mind ease. It may be a little extra step but I don't mind it.
<3 Make A Wardrobe Post <3
This is easy and rather fun to do, Lolibrary has an excellent function to go through and save your pieces in the wardrobe link. You can also do as I do and post your own to your FB or whatever platform you prefer, some do Amino too. But it helps keep more than a mental list of what you have, whether it's a large wardrobe or not, you won't have to do mental cartwheels when you're thinking about what you may want to wear because you can draw it up.
<3 Cleaning/Run Maintenance On Your Wardrobe <3
I don't just mean tidying it away, hanging things up, and putting jewelry and headpieces back where they came from, I mean CLEAN YOUR CLOTHES! There are only 3 dresses that can't be washed in my closet, those needing dry cleaning do to being those evil but wonderful bleeding prints of yester-year. You don’t have to be so delicate and hand wash for hours if you have a washer from the last 5 years. You just need fabric softener, detergent, and an actual washing machine. Gentle cycle is Queen, mates.
Put them on a spin cycle after it’s washed, you don’t need netted bags, and DO NOT do the pillow case trick! They’ll be fine! And clean! And if you used scented softener they can smell like flowers. Hand wash the ones you wish to take extra care of but the rest are fairly safe. Hang to dry but be aware that if you don’t dry elastics well enough, in a well ventilated space, this makes it rot. Steam or iron to prevent wrinkles.
This dress, as with many other pieces, I have received second hand and in a little need of tlc. The straps had the bottons sew too low and the full back shirring experienced that technical difficulty I told you about, above. I had to go in, insert new elastics into the channels, and redo the buttons. It was great! But it doesn’t stop there. Checking over your garments every now and then is mighty important. It makes their wear last longer and really this fashion needs a little attention if we want them to look their best and feel great in them.
There is so much more, I could go on and on really, but I’ll stop for now. If you’d like to read more though, you can check out any of the other’s who partook in the Carnival and see what they do to organize their wardrobes.