Organizing & Storing Seasonal Clothing!

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Do you change over your closet for the FW and SS seasons? I never used to do this, but I recently started, like last summer, and it’s made a huge diff. I just did this the other day and I wanted to walk you guys through the process so that you can try it too. It made such a difference for me and feels like a whole new world!

A closet isn’t designed to contain four seasons worth of clothing. It’s designed to hold the clothes you’re going to wear for the coming season.

My closet used to explode – you guys have seen it – because it was housing the majority of garments I own in it at all times. When the summer and early fall is over, or when late spring rolls in, it is time to change over your closet to free up space and to breath new life into your wardrobe.

If you haven’t done this before, it’s easy and makes a big difference, I’ll show you how easy it is!

Start by pulling out all of your non-seasonal items, such as garments which are last season’s colours, for example, all of my bright orange tops went away, and my merlot coloured tops came out. Do the same thing for short sleeved and long sleeved garments, including  tops and dresses. Place all out of season garments on your bed or the floor. When you do this twice a year, your closet will still have some transitional pieces, like jeans and dress pants, cardigans and blazers, which is fine. It should be about half empty at this point. If you’re doing this for the first time, you’ll need to sort through all garments to determine what’s FW and what’s SS.

Next, if you’ve done this before, take all of your clothing which you’ve stored away from last season and sort through each piece; do you still like it? Does it fit? Is it to your taste? Are you going to wear it or are you sick of it? Make a donation pile for anything you don’t like, and here’s the best part, a shopping list of the things you actually need. I like doing this because I only have to look at my clothing for half the year, so I get less sick of seeing it all the time. I got rid of about 15 garments when I did this the other day.

Now, hang up all of those items – I like to organize by garment type and then by colour. So my jeans come first, then my skirts, dress pants, dresses, sweaters, blouses and shell tops.

Finish up by folding away your off-season’s clothing and storing it where you can. I have a cupboard designated to do this, but if you don’t have extra cupboard space, get an under-the-bed bin to take care of the clothing.

You can do the same thing for jackets, shoes and outdoor accessories. Case in point, I have a real beat up pair of black over-the-knee boots which need to go. The fun part is, I actually get to go shopping for these this season – the last time I purchased these boots, which are a wardrobe staple, was four years ago.

When the next wave of seasons roll in, you can go through the same process. You’ll feel like you have more options, you won’t have to pass over half your closet to find something to wear, and you’ll actually have less clutter in your closet because you’ve only got the good, seasonal stuff in there.

I hope this helps you get some control over your closet!  Let me know in the comments below if this is something you do or if it is something you want to try. It’s been a game changer for me I’ll tell you!

Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.

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  1. I’ve been changing over seasonal clothes for as long as I can remember, mostly due to limited closet space. I’ve recently read “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo and she addresses going through all your belongings, starting with clothing, to see which items bring joy and donating all those that don’t and just take up space. Love the concept.

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