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The Ultimate Guide To Sorting Out Your Summer Clothes
Oops! You’re trying to pull out your favorite cashmere sweater, perfect for the fall weather, but your drawers are simply stuffed with all of your tops, skirts, and bikinis from the summer! And now that you’re really thinking about it, is it normal for a wardrobe to groan and bulge in the middle from where you put away all your cute sundresses to wait out the winter?
If you can’t find your favorite sweater and your best winter jeans, it might be time to take control of the clothing situation that’s going on in your bedroom. When space becomes an issue, dividing your clothing into seasonal clothing - and putting one in storage when you don’t need it - is a great way to slim down and organize your wardrobe. Strip out your closet, pull out every pair of shoes you own, and try out this ultimate guide to sorting out your summer clothes.
Clear Some Space
To start organizing all your clothing, you’re probably going to need a lot of space to fit everything in! Create a space in a room where you can organize everything. You might have to move some pieces of furniture around, or even take up space in the living room, but having a clear area where you can see everything all together is super helpful. Once you’ve done this, take everything out of your closet. And that does mean everything! Empty out every piece of clothing you have and lay them out so you can see everything at once.
How often do you actually wear the things you own? You might be surprised by what you find as you empty out everything you own, so start by organizing everything. Sort your clothes into different categories - shirts, pants, dresses, accessories, underwear, and so on - and then split them again into what you’re more likely to wear in winter or in summer.
Once you’ve done that, it’s time to be ruthless. Have you worn it in the last year? Have you ever worn it? Does it even fit anymore? Could you turn it into something else? Ask yourself these questions and slim down those piles. Anything that you absolutely don’t need should be donated or sold. It’s going to give you so much extra space in your closet.
What About Shoes?
These shoes rule. Do you think you have too many shoes? You might not have considered how many pairs you actually own and whether you’re really getting the most out of them. Just like with your clothes, sort through them by season. Take care to keep the pairs together! Tie the laces together to help with this. Once you’ve done this, put them into categories for when you might wear them or even if you want to keep them.
Time For Storage
Now that you’ve created pure chaos in your room and everything is in strange little piles, it’s time to introduce some major storage changes.
The key to having a seasonal wardrobe is to not keep seasonal clothing in your closet and dresser ready to wear. If it’s fall, keep all your summer clothing out of there, and vice versa. The best way to do this is to invest in plastic boxes (sustainably sourced and made of recycled materials, of course). Long and thin are great for going under the bed, while deep and fat are best for using in an attic or a basement. With all those carefully arranged piles, you can set aside a storage bin for dresses, bikinis, sandals, and your shorts to keep them separated and easy to find. Label the bins as well; when you need a dress, no problem! You can grab the right box straight away!
For extra organization bonuses, you could even store everything in the bins by color so you always know what’ll go with the rest of your outfit. Add a dryer sheet, potpourri, or dried herbs like lavender to keep everything smelling fresh despite being stored away for half the year. Properly secure the lid of the bin to keep out any pests - like mice or moths - but a few tiny holes drilled into the sides will help air keep circulating in the boxes. This is super useful for preventing any mold spores growing on stored clothes.
And there you go! So simple yet so effective, your closet will feel refreshed and revitalized, and you won't have to fight through summer dresses to find your perfect fall outfit.