Here in North Carolina we are finally (finally!) getting a little taste of fall weather, and although we know there are still hot days ahead, we can’t help but get excited to pull out our fall clothes and say hello to flannel and see ya next year to sundresses. Here are a few tips to help with your seasonal closet changeover.
- Before you put summer clothes away, identify anything you didn’t wear at all this season. Is it worth the space and effort to store it again only to be unexcited to see it next summer? Make a toss or donate pile. **Also make a pile of anything that’s dry clean only and have that taken care of before storing for the season**
- Remember that seasonal clothing storage doesn’t have to be complicated, just find a system that works for you whether it’s large lidded tubs or zippered under bed storage. Make sure everything is clean before it gets put away for the year.
- While your closet is on the emptier side, grab your vacuum and do a quick dust bunny round up and/or any applicable cleaning before putting the next season’s clothes in.
- When unpacking and putting away your clothes for the new season, again assess things before they go in your closet or in a drawer. If an item is ripped or too well worn, doesn’t fit, or doesn’t excite you – don’t let it take up physical (or mental!) space. Add those items to your toss/donate pile. If something is a closet staple that you need to replace, jot that down as you go so you’re prepared to shop!
- When putting clothes away in your closet, organize them by type, and then color. So that means put like with like and then within each category group by color. Categories will depend on your lifestyle but may include work blouses, casual tops, work dresses, casual dresses, etc. Organizing by categories will allow you to quickly know which section to look to when getting ready.
- Consider using slim matching hangers; not only are they visually appealing but they also streamline your hanging items and reduce bulk.
- If you have vertical space use it strategically. Put lesser used items higher up and label so you don’t forget what’s up there! Some examples of these items might be special occasion shoes or handbags, and (depending on your climate) cold weather boots and very heavy sweaters.
- Since you’re on a roll and creating this beautiful fall/winter closet go ahead and give your drawers some TLC by doing a quick sort and fresh folding. Again, set yourself up for success by making sure like items are grouped together and removing anything no longer loved, needed, or useable.
Being greeted by a well-organized closet can be a much needed moment of calm on busy mornings. And don’t forget – if you’d like us to lend a hand with yours – we’re here to help!