Now that summer is at its end, it will be time to put away the shorts and flip flops and get ready for a whole new season. Fall is a season of change, so the start of fall is also a great time to change your closet around to make it easier to get to your sweatshirts and put your beachwear away. Here are a few tips that can help you with your closet revamp:
- Make Several Piles - You will want to make sure that you have an area set up for different piles of clothes as you go through your closet. You will want to have an area for summer clothes that you want to keep but that need to be put away, one for clothes to donate/give away, and of course a pile of clothes to keep in the closet. Depending on how your clothes are stored, you may need less (or more) piles. For example, if you wear your summer clothes year round (except with an added sweater or other accessory to make them weather appropriate), then you may not need to make a “summer clothes to store” pile.
- Inventory What You Are Keeping – Before I am able to decide on how I want to organize my closet for any season, I first need to know what I am going to be keeping in it. If I end up with a lot of extra room then I can do less “space saving” than if I am having a hard time getting rid of things.
- Make Sure Things Fit! – Especially with kids, you need to make sure that the clothes you are rotating out AND in, still fit. Fall clothing from prior years may have been outgrown and shouldn't make thier way back into the closet. Also, get rid of any summer clothes that just barely fit and will be outgrown by next year. With adults it can happen too since we can also fluctuate sizes. You want to make sure that your closet has clothes that fit you as you are, right now. Don't waste closet space with clothes you can't reach in, pull out and put on. Don’t hold on to things in the hopes that your size will change. Or at the very least take them out of your closet and put them in storage until you fit into them or decide it is time to let them go.
- Come Up With An Organizational Plan – There is no such thing as a one size fits all closet organization system, it is up to each person to figure out what works for them. Plastic hangers? Velvet hangers? Bins? Shelves? Drawers? Racks? Think about what clothes you wear the most and what makes it easiest for you to find the things you need most often. I prefer organizing by weather (short sleeve dresses, then long sleeve dresses), but really it is whatever works for you and the space you have.
Fall is a great opportunity to clean out your closet. These tips should help make it less painful.