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I don’t know about you but with a cool spring, summer seems to have dropped in suddenly, but not for long. A few weeks ago, it was 70 and 80 degrees in Boston after a cool, cool spring. I happily put away my heaviest of sweaters and scarves but kept a scarf and hat out just in case. A week later, temps plummeted and I was happy to have the cool weather gear. Earlier this week we had lows in the 40s and highs in the 50s but then the summer broke forth and the week is ending with 90s!

Thankfully, I had taken the advice of Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365 and had downsized my wardrobe a few times, making seasonal changes more manageable. Last fall, I was able to move my off-season clothes from the basement storage to my own closet. Is it more crowded than I would like having an entire year’s wardrobe in one place? Yes, it is a little more crowded. But the convenience to me is worth it.

Come time to take out some warm weather clothes and put away winter clothes, all I had to do was shift my shoe storage cubes, behind which is my off-season wardrobe. Because it is so easy and so handy to access these other items, I could do it as the weather changed. First, taking out early summer wear and putting away heavy sweaters and now putting away most of my long sleeves and taking out summer dresses, shorts and tanks.

Some tips for changing out your wardrobe:

  • Decide whether to keep the clothes from the past season: Look at every piece of clothing already in your closet and dresser from this past season. Decide if you still need it, want it, and will use it. If you think you might want to keep, but aren’t sure, ask yourself if you are willing to store it until next season or if you would rather have the empty space.
  • Donate all gently used items that you have decided to pass on. There are some organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters that will pick up curbside and others like Savers and Goodwill where you can drop off goods.
  • Clean every piece of clothing before storing.
  • Store seasonal clothing as close as possible to your everyday clothing closet
  • Try on all clothing you are moving into your closet for the current season. Do you still like the clothes? Are they still something you will need in your current season of life? If you were working 9-5 in an office and now you are a stay-at-home parent, your clothing needs may have changed. Better to pass on clothing while it is still in good condition and others can use, rather than let it sit in your closet amongst your favorite clothes.
  • Separate your clothes by color, by type or both. I separate my clothes by sleeve length for tanks and short sleeve, then break up shirts with pants and skirts, then hang long sleeve shirts and cardigans, then work clothes that are not part of my regular wardrobe. All my clothes are sorted by type, then color. I fold casual tees and activewear.
  • Turn around the hanger – Some people like to put all the hangers backwards at the beginning of the season and then turn it around once they have worn that clothing item. This is a great way to see what has gone unused at the end of each season. Other people like to turn the hangers the ordinary way for all clothes, and then turn a hanger around for clothing that is worn once but can be worn again, such as jeans or a cardigan. This indicates the item has already been worn. After it is worn again, it can be put in the hamper.