The cooler seasons are coming which means now’s the time to get out the heavier sweaters, the puffy coats, and the boots. But what do you do with all the things that are currently in your closet? It can be challenging to reorganize your closets to make room for all these bulky items. Is seasonal reorganizing of your closets something you do?
Here are some tips to make seasonal reorganizing of your closets easier
Put shorts, sundresses, and sandals elsewhere when reorganizing the bedroom closet to make room for those sweaters and boots.
Declutter as you reorganize the closets. If summer items no longer fit or if you no longer love the items, let them go. Even single shoes who have lost their mate can be donated.
Carefully check the items that you are packing up to make certain that they are clean with no stains or needed repairs.
Where to keep out-of-season clothes
Storing your out-of-season clothes in a clean but rarely used suitcase is a great use of space. Placing the clothing in containers on the hard-to-reach top shelves is also a good option. You can use tissue paper to protect your delicate items. Never store items in a dry-cleaning bag as those bags trap in moisture.
Check your winter wardrobe
As you bring out your winter wardrobe, check these items to see if they are still items you will want to wear and if they still fit. Do you have too many heavy sweaters or coats? If you have items that you no longer want, now is the perfect time to donate them so that someone else can enjoy them.
Organize your closet to suit you
It is an ideal time to decide where all your clothes will live as you do this seasonal reorganizing of your closets.
How do you like to see your options displayed?
Do you want all your pants, tops, shirts, and dresses together?
Do you want items sorted by color?
Would you prefer to have clothes placed by activity options so that your work clothes, your work-out clothes, your formal wear are separate from the rest?
Do you like to put together pre-selected outfits?
Place your clothes so that it reduces the time you spend looking for the item that you want to wear.
Seasonal reorganizing of your hall closet
When working in your hall closet, consider having an over the door organizer that you can swap out seasonally. Your summer organizer might hold summer hats, flip flops, and summer bags. These summer items can be swapped for winter hats, scarves, gloves. If you have jackets and other wraps that you no longer wear, donate them now to make room for your winter wraps. Leave some extra room and hangers for your guests.
Clean the closets
Clean as you go. As you empty the shelves, give them a good wipe. Wipe down the walls and the floor. Look for any bugs or moths.
Remove any excess hangers. This might also be a good time to replace some of those hangers for a more uniform look in your closet. Heavy coats might require a heavier hanger.
Once you have your closet seasonally reorganized, you will always have seasonally appropriate clothing front and center. This will limit decision fatigue or the frustration of not finding the right outfit for the day. You have breathing room in your closet, so it is easier to slide hangers and find that perfect outfit.
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Jonda S. Beattie, Professional Organizer owner of Time Space Organization, and co-owner of Release, Repurpose, Reorganize. She is based in the Metro-Atlanta area. As presenter, award-winning author, as well as a retired special education teacher she uses her listening skills, problem solving skills, knowledge of different learning techniques, ADHD specialty, and paper management skills to help clients.