Updated: Dec 13, 2020
Switching out your seasonal clothing has earned the stigma of being a challenge to tackle. The perception is that it is a time consuming and arduous task, but it doesn’t need to be. Going through your seasonal clothing can evoke joy. There is something wonderful about being able to unpack and revisit favorite items again making the seasonal clothing switch one of reflection and gratitude.
For many individuals, a seasonal swap in a closet is a necessity because its real estate is at a minimum. For others, it isn’t as significant of a to-do because it simply requires a rotation of a few items from the back of a larger closet or a high shelf to a position more readily accessible for the current season.
The scope of the transition depends on the size of your closet(s), the climate in which you live, and how many types of clothing categories you have and use seasonally.
Here are some of Neat Little Nest’s tips for decluttering + organizing as you go about your closet(s) transition:
pull out your off-season clothing
As you go through your closet, pull out any items you do not think you will need during the winter months. This might include items like:
Since winter clothing tends to be bulkier than spring and summer clothing, you will want to make sure you move out as much summer/warm weather clothing as possible to make room for the heavier/thicker items of winter.
be honest about your inventory
When you assess your inventory, think about how much you enjoy wearing it, not the price you paid for it or who might have given it to you. This also goes for anything that no longer fits your body, is damaged, permanently stained, or otherwise unusable in your wardrobe. If you haven't worn the item in some time and it no longer brings joy, it might mean it's time for you to thank the item(s) for their service (part of the KonMari method) and let them go. Doing so allows you to make room for things you really love. We always advise our clients to embrace who they are now and have their closet reflect that person.
If you do have items to let go of, you have many options with what to do with those items from donating to selling. For more details, take a peek at this blog from Neat Little Nest to learn more about what you can do with items you no longer need.
prep your clothes for seasonal storage
Getting your clothing ready for storage is the perfect time to check for stains, missing buttons, broken zippers and the like before you move or store items as there is nothing worse than pulling your favorite top out of the seasonal bin and finding it needs attention right out of the gate.
Don't forget your shoes! As you review your seasonal shoes, be sure to assess them for damage or worn soles/heels. Give them a polish or wipe before you store them away.
Once you have taken care of clothing that needs attention, it's time to wash everything before storing them for several months. All of Neat Little Nest's favorite laundry items to get clothes prepped for storage can be found here.
get sweaters ready for the season
If you didn't prep your sweaters before you put them away last season, take some time now to get your sweaters ready to wear for the new season. De-pilling sweaters is a simple step that can breathe new life into a garment. You have the option for an electric sweater shaver or a sweater comb. Personally, I have and use both sweater de-pilling options. I like the electric sweater shaver for cotton sweaters and the sweater comb on wool and cashmere.