Whether it is back to school time or the change of seasons, the battle between you and your clothing can have you in a frenzy. Pushing your tank tops and shorts to the back of the rack and moving the sweaters and sweatshirts to the front is a simple solution, but there are so many more ways to create a user-friendly closet.
I have been reluctant to organize my out of season clothing. This chore seems such a hassle. For years, I simply shoved my warm items to the back of the closet and went on with the season.
Over the years, I have learned that a little time spent is well worth it when it comes to organization. With six people in my home, there never seems to be quite enough closet space.
Make It Simple
Begin separating your clothes into two separate piles. One pile is for items to be donated. The other stack is for next year. Stash your out of season clothing in stackable plastic tubs with lids. The tubs are not only inexpensive, but very convenient. You can store items in the lower half of your closet, the garage, or attic.
Avoid being sentimental when it comes to creating your donation pile. I am not advising you rush off and give away your wedding gown, but maybe you can part with your Sea World T-shirt from 1992. Items that you were given fall into this category. Although the thought was very nice, Aunt Mildred would not mind if you passed along that sweater you got for Christmas three years ago. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you proably won’t wear it next year either. Pass it along to Good Will where someone could benefit from the item.
I do not advocate donating all soiled, ripped, and faded items. I have been the first person to snatch up some jeans at a garage sale with holes in the knees to make cut-offs for the kids, but if you think it is nasty and ready for the trash, it probably is time to toss the item.
Clothing is not the only things to donate when it comes to off-season goods. Shoes and hats are also a terrific idea. You probably won’t be donning a sun visor in the middle of winter, or a sun hat for instance. Shoes like sandals and flip flops can be sorted into donation and keep piles, as well.
Organize For Next Season
You have made your way through the closet. Now, what do you do with the mound of clothing you have decided to keep. I, personally, try to sort through my keep pile one last time. I am in the groove now and ready to part with items. A couple more oldie but goodie items make their way to the donation pile at this time.
Separate your keep pile into outfits or similar items. For example, all shorts can go together in the tub. Shoes can be stored together. Summer hats and purses should also be stashed away for the following year.
Don’t forget to sort through your dresser drawers for items like summer pajamas or thermal underwear. It is easiest to get all the items sorted at once rather than coming back to the stray sandal or fuzzy slipper.
One of the greatest ideas when organizing is to label your tubs. You never know when you may make a trip to a hotter or colder climate on vacation. It can be handy to attach a piece of masking tape with a name on it to each lid and container. This step doesn’t take up much time and can be very well worth the effort when your child needs a backpack in the middle of summer.
Rack It Up
A clothing rack can be very useful. Most clothing racks have wheels for easy portability. This feature can be very helpful when transitioning from one season to another. Imagine storing all of your winter coats on a clothing rack and freeing up an entire closet for summer craft items and camping gear.
By organizing and removing all off-season apparel from your closet, you will have made your closet much more user friendly. You do not need to wade through all of your clothes from summer dresses to winter sweaters in search of your favorite T-shirt. You will be able to easily put your hand on your strappy black sandals instead of tossing around three pairs of winter boots in the process.
Involve The Family
Get the whole family involved. Everyone in the family has items they won’t be using, so help to get them organized, as well. My kids love going through the tubs of clothes before school starts. Children can help make labels and practice their handwriting and spelling. Donating goods is a terrific idea. Let the entire family get involved with helping the community.
Try this organization idea just one time and you will see the benefits. Your closet will never be the same.