Closets | Family Organizing
Clothing & Closets, How To Simplify The Seasonal Switch
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Summer has come and gone, and autumn’s colors are popping up everywhere. Soon it will be time to dig out the hats and mittens and put away the flip-flops. The key to staying on top of seasonal clothing changes is to keep your routine simple. The following Do’s and Don’ts will help you save time and stay organized as the seasons rapidly roll by.
Don’t – Store off-season clothing in any location other than your closet or bedroom.
Do you drag totes full of clothing up from the basement or out of storage with the changing of each season? This system takes a lot of time and effort to maintain, and if you have children, managing their clothing can be even more overwhelming.
Simplify your closet and clothing by paring down what you own so that everything can stay in your bedroom throughout the year. Ideally, if you have the space and can reduce your inventory down to easily fitting in your closet and dresser drawers, you can set your system up so that you don’t have to do any switching around at all.
If this is unrealistic given your limited storage space, at least getting everything into your bedroom will save you much time and effort. Most of us wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time, so take the time to evaluate what you have and be selective about what you keep. We know all too well how fast one season rolls into the next. You can save a lot of time each season just by minimizing the amount of clothing you have to rotate every few months.
Do – Only Move heavy winter items in and out of storage each season.
Whether you keep them in your garage, mudroom or a closet, It does make sense to get heavy winter gear like boots, heavy coats, scarves, hats, etc. out each winter and place them in an easily accessible area for convenience. Storing these items in your basement or storage area in the summertime frees up space in those areas so it is a worthwhile task, just don’t do the same with the rest of your winter clothing.
Don’t – Keep clothing in your closet that does not fit you.
One common reason that individuals struggle with fitting all of the clothing that they own into their bedroom space is that they also store clothing that doesn’t fit there. Its okay to keep those skinny jeans if they are a motivator for you, but get them out of your closet if your not wearing them right now. If your weight tends to fluctuate and you feel that you must keep clothing that does not fit, store them elsewhere, such as in a plastic bin in the basement. Don’t let these things take up precious space in your closet.
Try to limit how much clothing you keep that does not fit, especially if you are short on space. If you lose weight, chances are, you will want to celebrate with the season’s latest styles, not your worn out old jeans. Too big or too small children’s hand-me-downs, should also be stored in a storage space outside of your child’s bedroom.
Do – Rotate out-of-season clothing to the back of the closet if needed.
Move out-of-season items to less accessible locations within your bedroom each season as needed. The back of the closet, bottom drawers, or the upper shelves in a closet are good places to store out-of-season clothing. Take advantage of under the bed space by using plastic bins specially sized to fit underneath. This is the perfect place to store out-of-season shoes like flip-flops and sandals. When it’s time to switch seasons, they can be quickly retrieved and replaced with winter shoes. This rotation can be done with minimal effort to make easily accessible space available for the clothing you will be wearing during the current season. Keeping out-of-season clothing out of the way but still visible and in the same room, makes switching from season to season, quick and easy. It also ensures that no clothing is lost or forgotten.
Don’t – Keep keepsake clothing in your closet.
Another common habit that steals closet and drawer space is keeping sentimental items that you don’t actually wear there. Do you have sweatshirts and T-shirt’s residing in your bedroom that you acquired from an event, club or activity that you participated in? How about that old college sweatshirt that holds so many memories? Unless you are wearing these things regularly, they are actually keepsake items and should be stored in a keepsake bin outside of your bedroom.
Do – Beware of the “out of sight out of mind” tendency.
If you are not yet convinced that storing out-of-season clothing outside of the bedroom is ineffective, consider the following scenarios; You purchase an article of clothing for you or your child just to discover later that you already had a very similar item at home tucked away in a storage bin. And…In early spring you are in the basement and stumble across a bin of clothing that you forgot you had, you open it, and find a beautiful sweater that you could have been wearing all winter long. We have all experienced these frustrating scenarios. When clothing is stored out of sight, we tend to forget what we have.
The less maintenance you have to do to keep your clothing and closet organized, the more likely you are to stay on top of it from season to season. Keep it simple, and keep it light, so that you can keep it up. If you struggle with letting things go, it helps to keep in mind that you likely will not miss 99% of what you let go of. And the other 1% is well worth the trade off for having an organized closet.
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