How To Transition Your Closet Seasonally
March 20th is the first day of Spring and thank goodness it’s right around the corner! The sun is starting to grace us with it’s presence, our clocks have been changed, and the 9 feet of snow in Boston might just melt by the end of the month! What does this mean for your closet? It’s almost time to change your wardrobe.
Most people will switch their wardrobe four times a year (Winter -> Spring, Spring -> Summer, Summer -> Fall, Fall -> Winter). We don’t think it’s necessary to make all that extra work for yourself. We suggest sticking with just 2 major switches per year, Winter -> Summer, Summer -> Winter, instead of one for each season. The key is to keep transitional pieces of clothing available during the in-between stages.
Layering is crucial when you’re transitioning between seasons. Having the option to take off a bulky sweater mid-afternoon when the sun is shining is a great way to avoid being uncomfortable and overheating on the first days of Spring. Lightweight cardigans, 3/4 length shirts and flowy blouses are perfect transitional pieces. It may not be time to wear these items by themselves, but you’ll want to layer them under your warmer items.
When organizing your closet, make sure the system works for you. Everyone’s closet looks different. Not only do the articles of clothing vary from home to home, but the way we organize our clothing varies from person to person.
We asked a few of our organizers how they organize their closets and here’s what they had to say.
Stasia: “I organize my closet by type (tops, bottoms, skirts, dresses), then I color-code my clothes like a rainbow (ROYGBIV) and within each color I sort them by length.”
Jamie: “I organize my closet to help me get dressed in the morning. I pick out pieces based on patterns, therefore I organize first by type of clothing (tops, bottoms, skirts, dresses), then by pattern (solids, stripes, floral, flannel, misc), then by length and thickness. For example, my solid tank tops are in one section, my striped button-ups in another, my patterned pants are together, and then my polka-dot dresses are in another.”
Lindsay: “I organize by type of clothing first (tops, bottoms, skirts, dresses), then by length.”
When organizing your closet, make sure you have all the resources you need ahead of time. Make a list the week before your closet transition and pick up your favorite closet organizing products before you start.
We use the Real Simple Garment Storage Bags to store off-season clothing on the top shelf of a closet, under a bed, in a basement or in a storage unit. We love that it’s soft-sided so that we have more flexible storage options, it also has a see-through top and a label to help you quickly find the item you’re looking for.
The ClutterFree Cascade Hangers save a ton of space on your closet rod- they are super thin and have a velvety flock surface which prevents clothes from slipping off the hanger and cluttering your floor.
Real Simple Boot Shapers are the best option that we’ve found to help keep the shape of your boots while taking up almost no space in your closet when they aren’t in use. They slip right into your boots without having to wrestle with a big clunky piece of plastic, they are perforated so that you can cut them to fit the height of your boot and we always add a hook (like a 3M command hook) in the closet to keep them off the floor when they aren’t in your boots.
An over-the-door pocket shoe organizer is a great way to organize your scarves. Loosely roll each of your scarves, sort them by color and then put one in each pocket. Storing them this way eliminates creases and allows you to see them all at once.
With Spring just around the corner, this is the perfect time to transition your closet. While doing this, make a pile of clothes from this past Winter that you’re ready to donate. If you didn’t wear it this past Winter, it’s probably a good idea to let it go. Our next post will be all about letting go…stay tuned!