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How to Organize Your Out of Season Clothes

How to Organize Your Out of Season Clothes

Do you walk into your closet and feel like you’re entering a Jackson Pollack painting? Don’t worry, we’re guilty of a messy closet, too! But don’t fret, we have experience getting our wardrobe organized. Here’s a look at how to organize your closet by season.

Declutter Your Closet

Before you even begin organizing, it's time to go through your entire wardrobe. Be a critic here, if you haven’t done this in a while, you may be aiming to get rid of 50% of your stuff. Why? Because it creates more room and lets you find things quickly. Got old one-piece swimsuits you don’t wear? Get rid of them! Chances are if you haven’t worn it in a year, then you aren’t going to wear it again. Put together three piles: a donate pile, a keep pile, and a toss pile. Keep in mind, things like old T-shirts can be reused as shop rags in a garage. Donate old items to keep them in circulation and only throw away items with holes, socks, and underwear that can’t be reused.

Organize by Season

Step two is to take your keep pile and organize it by season. Put clothes that are for specific seasons, such as Christmas sweaters in a Christmas or holiday pile. Keep in mind, you’ll have plenty of items that fit multiple seasons. Items such as basic tees, tanks, and your favorite pair of jeans should go in a “year-round” pile. Typically, it’s best to organize by warm and cold seasons, keeping items that span shoulder seasons out, since you’ll use these multiple times throughout the year.

Next, take stock of your closet space. Were you critical enough during your first purge? If you find you still don’t have enough space to put the seasonal items out in your closet and on display, then comb through your clothing again. If you can’t immediately see an article of clothing, chances are you won’t wear it.

Separate Tops, Bottoms, and Dresses

Dive into your seasonal stacks of clothes and separate your favorite women’s dresses, pants, tops, and shorts. Make separate piles for items like bathing suits, tees, tanks, and cardigans. Now decide what gets hung up and what gets put in a dresser or on the shelf. This certainly can vary based upon your wardrobe.

Typically items like sweaters and other knits should be folded so they don’t lose their shape on a hanger. Hang items, such as silk women’s blouses and other must-have clothing items, that are susceptible to wrinkling. For clothing that isn’t in season, simply fold it up and prepare it for out-of-the-way storage. Again, it’s helpful to sort these items by clothing type. Keep your sweaters together while your pants and slacks can have their own storage area.

Color Coordinate

Rehang and stack your in-season threads in your closet. Display clothes in an organized and appealing way. This entices you to search for the perfect outfit each day and it helps you quickly be able to see all the clothing you have. Consider organizing your closet by color. Keep items, such as skorts for women, not only organized by type but color, too. That way you can quickly reach for matching pieces, instead of spending time thumbing through your wardrobe. This easy organization method lets you create the perfect outfit in mere minutes.

Donate Duplicates

All right, so we all have something we just can’t get enough of! It may be your favorite pair of jeans or six different tank tops in the same color. Find yourself with a lot of duplicates? Donate a few! Unless you wear a uniform for work, there’s no need to have six identical T-shirts. Instead, choose two and get rid of the rest. This will maximize space in your closet for even more fun styles.

Get Creative with Storage

Now it’s time to store the wardrobe pieces that aren’t in season. Get creative with storage. You can use vacuum-sealed bags under the bed, pretty canvas storage bins, or even a suitcase. Try to store items in your closet instead of an attic where they are out of reach. If you can’t store them close, then don’t forget to add moth and bug protection to your storage system. Put a note in your calendar to take out non-seasonal items before the temps drop. When you swap out your wardrobe, go through all of your clothing again. Get rid of items you didn’t wear that season and donate anything for the in-season pile that doesn’t speak to your style. The result is a clutter-free closet filled with fashionable items you want to wear.

Overall, keeping your closet clean is simple with a little due diligence. Don’t be afraid to trim down your clothing. You’ll have more room for seasonal purchases and wardrobe updates. You’ll also be able to choose the perfect outfit for any occasion in a snap.

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