Hi girls, how are you today?
As the seasons change, so do our typical outfit choices, which means now is the perfect time for you to swap out your clothes options with a seasonal wardrobe change.
It’s time to say goodbye to summer dresses and say hello to flannel and boots!
Try out these amazing tips for a painless seasonal wardrobe change to streamline your closet.
Should You Have a Seasonal Wardrobe?
Well, this depends on the size of your house and closet. Living in Europe, house sizes can be very compact.
As I have A LOT of clothes, I usually prefer making a switch twice a year (colder and warmer months). That’s because it’s easer to organize my drawer and maintain it tidy.
When is the Best time to Make a Seasonal Wardrobe Shift?
There is no right or wrong answer with an exact date to make your wardrobe change.
As you may imagine, this will depend on a variety of factors, such as where you live, the amount of clothes you own, how big or small your storage space is, etc.
Ideally, you should aim to make a shift twice a year.
Video Resource: How-To: Seasonal Wardrobe Switch by Christie Ressel
How to Switch Your Seasonal Clothing?
Set Yourself Some Goals
We couldn’t talk about being efficient without talking about goals.
But most importantly, be realistic about your goals! If you have a busy life and you can hardly tackle your laundry, don’t be overly-ambitious with your seasonal wardrobe change either.
Baby steps are key here. If needed, do a little bit every day. You’ll be surprised with how much you’ll have accomplished by the end of the week/month/year.
Have you ever heard of the book Atomic Habits? It talks about the 1% Principle Rule, where the author states that doing a little bit every day adds up in the long run.
In simple words, if you do every 1% to get better, in one year from now you’l be 37x better at it.
This can be applied to working out (start with 15 minutes and increase your time at the gym gradually), quitting smoking, finishing a book, and, you guessed it, sorting out your seasonal clothes.
Classify Your Clothes in Categories Before Diving In
This is ultra-important if you want to be efficient.
You can separate clothes in whatever category you prefer, but here are a few suggestions:
A good tip is to consider think on how long it has gone by since you last wore that item and decide if you really need it (or it is just getting more dust in your wardrobe and stealing space for other clothes?).
For every item of clothes you have, old it close to your heart and ask yourself “Does this item bring me joy?”
If the answer is no, then toss it aside (either by recycling, donating, or, as a last resource, throwing it away).
The Spark Joy method might seem silly to you. But don’t diss it before trying it. This method is all about being mindful and aware of your possesions.
Let it go. Don’t be afraid of it.
Living a clutter-free life is amazing!
Store Out-of-Season Clothing Adequately
Depending on how much room you have, you could store some outfits to keep them ready to wear next season.
If you have an unused closet, hang them or use a garment rack to prevent your spring and summer attire from wrinkling.
Most sources advise against storing clothes in cardboard boxes since the material could break down.
Another reason to swap out cardboard boxes for plastic containers is to prevent mildew.
Instead, keep clothes smelling fresh by placing a fabric softener sheet in the box with them.
Another benefit of storing items in plastic (i.e. transparent) boxes is because it is easier to see what’s inside the box, without necessarily having to remove them from storage (yes, this is another Marie Kondo tip— what can I do? I am a BIG fan!).
The plastic box storage is especially useful with boxes that are placed at higher levels, such as on top of a closet.
Once you’ve emptied your closet, take time to vacuum the floor and clean it before you load it up with all your in-season staples.
When it’s empty, you’ll find it easier to spot areas of dust and dirt or signs of pests.
Take Care of Your Clothes
When you store your clothing, make sure it stays in good condition.
For this. you may want to keep everything covered in a garment bag as this will prevent it from collecting dust.
In the same vein, as you remove in-season clothing from storage, you may notice it needs some sprucing up. For instance, you may need to clean or repair your boots, especially if they’re leather. But don’t sweat: by noting some tips for cleaning cowboy boots, you’ll have boots ready to wear in no time!
Donate Old Clothes
As you go through clothing and decide what to store, consider donating outfits you know you won’t wear again.
Doing this will save space and allow someone else to get some wear out of your old clothes.
With this tip for your seasonal wardrobe change, you’ll have room to buy new clothes next year.
Think About Outfits
Fall and winter are ideal for layering clothing, so don’t get too hasty when it comes to packing away those tank tops or skirts.
Take your time as you go through articles of clothing—tank tops go great under flannel or sweatshirts, and tights keep dresses wearable into fall and even winter.
It’s always a good idea to have one area of your closet dedicated to year-round clothing.
Nothing’s more annoying than digging through bins of clothing to find a specific top.
Set aside anything you can wear year-round to keep in either your closet or dresser.
Ready to Switch Your Seasonal Wardrobe Like a Pro?
Hopefully this post will inspire you to finally tackle that pesky seasonal wardrobe change.
I myself am guilty of procrastinating this for so long that, by the time I finally decide to do it, the season has once again changed.
As Winnie the Pooh would say, “oh bother!”
If you are a hoarder and have difficulty letting go of things that you never use, I strongly recommend reading Marie Kondo’s book, Spark Joy. Not only it is an easy read (you can finish the book in one day without much effort— really).
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