Before you hit the back-to-school sales with your kids, says Simply Organized, take inventory of what is and isn’t in their closets already. Invest about an hour per child to clean out and #declutter closets and dresser drawers together, having them try on any garments that might be too worn, the wrong size or not their style; ClothingDonations.org an pick up any items that can be resold. Track what you keep and make a list of things you need to buy, and “shop with your list,” the blog says. “This will prevent you from overbuying and keep you on a good budget. [Being] familiar with closet and drawer space will also keep you from impulse overpurchasing.”
After long, cold winter months, it’s easy to tear into your shorts and T-shirts at the first sign of spring. But, before you pack away those thick coats and sweaters, and exchange your boots for flats and flip-flops, stop. Spring days, and even summer evenings, can be chilly so you want to avoid packing away all of your sweatshirts and cardigans too soon.
So, how do you manage a closet that basically has four seasons of outfits in it? First, you need to determine what you wear and what you don’t. How long has it been since you wore that sweater? What about the fashion scarves that haven’t been outside of your closet in a while? Do you really need four winter coats, or is there one you don’t wear anymore?
The first rule of helping your different seasonal items coexist in your closet is to ask yourself these questions. If an article of clothing doesn’t fit, or you haven’t worn it in months (or years!), then it’s time to get rid of it in order to make room for clothes you actually wear. Better yet, if these items of clothing are in good shape, don’t throw them away. Donate them to ClothingDonations.org! Visit our website to schedule a donation pickup time. Then, put your clothes in a bag or box marked “for donation, ” and place the bag by your mailbox. We’ll drive by to pick it up for you!
Have you already donated clothes from your closet but are still struggling to find space? Look for alternative storage ideas! We suggest looking for storage options that fit under your bed. Thin, Rubbermaid containers for sweaters or shoe organizers that can fit in small spaces are great for making your closet feel less cramped, while also keeping your belongings organized and out of sight.