Sorting and storing clothing by season helps save space and can actually streamline one’s wardrobe, according to Apartment Therapy blogger Abby Stone. Since making a habit of going through her clothing regularly, she was able to keep only what works for a particular season on hand and at the ready, avoiding duplication and making it simpler to get dressed in the morning. With a single season’s clothing in the closet at any given time, Stone was able to eliminate an entire dresser’s worth of storage, saving space.
There’s a crispness in the air, leaves are beginning to change and the summer sky is giving way to fluffy fall clouds. What does all of this mean? It’s time to conduct the semi-annual closet shift—swapping out the summer wardrobe for warmer fall/winter clothes.
But don’t just trade one pile of clothes for another. Changing seasons can be a great time to purge those lightly-used or not-at-all used items from your closets. Face it, if you haven’t worn those coral printed crops or that Hawaiian shirt the entire season (and perhaps even for seasons before), it’s time to clear some space for clothing you will wear.
In Real Simple, Rebecca Daly offer six helpful tips to help you purge those items from your closet*:
- The old bag you used to love, but now just takes up space on your closet shelf! When cleaning closets it can be easy to focus on clothes alone, but don’t neglect to review the other items that take up space—like those bulky bags you no longer use.
- Old undergarments. Another closet item or dresser drawer item that tends to be overlooked is undergarments. If you’re not wearing them, throw them out—or, if there’s still useful life in them—add them to your donate pile.
- Stained clothing. So your favorite white beach cover-up somehow has become stained with unidentifiable spots. If you’ve washed and dried the item, those spots aren’t going away! It’s time to toss!
- Well-worn old sweaters. We all have them. Piles of sweaters that are full of pills, snags or stretched beyond recognition. Put them in the discard pile!
- Shoes that have taken their last steps. They may have been beloved at one time, but if the heels are worn off, the toes are scuffed or they simply don’t fit quite right and you rarely wear them, it’s time for them to go.
- Those old jeans that just don’t have the right look or fit anymore. If they’re baggy, holey, or following a style trend that has seen its day, it’s time to part with them, regardless of how well-loved they once were.
There! Doesn’t that feel better? Once you’ve gone through your closets and drawers to declutter and dismiss, you’ll have room to welcome the new fashions and trends that will keep your spirits up over the fall and winter months.
*Oh, and by the way, as you’re doing your fall closet clean-up, keep us in mind. We’ll come and pick up your gently-used items and find them new homes—benefiting our veterans in the process!
Don’t let your small closet keep you from staying organized. Wire rack shelves are great, inexpensive ways to keep your closets in check. Simply attach them to the wall inside your closets, and put your sweaters, shoes, or T-shirts on them. This will help you maximize closet space.
If you are storing suitcases in your bedroom closet, don’t let that space go to waste. Consider storing clothing items in them. Whether they’re things you wear a lot, or they’re pieces you wear on occasion, using your suitcase to store clothing or accessories in small spaces is a great idea!
While this sounds like it might not actually help make more room in your small closet, keeping your clothes color coordinated will make it easier to plan your outfits and see what you have. This also prevents you from buying new clothes you don’t need, which then prevents your closet from becoming too cluttered! See what we did there?