It’s time for the seasonal switch – the chore that happens at least twice a year, where you put away all the out-of-season clothes and pull out all the current season clothes. Unless, of course, you have a huge closet and can keep all your clothes out at the same time. In that case, I’m jealous of you. 🙂
This can be an overwhelming task – especially if you’re doing this for yourself as well as others in your family. Staying focused and keeping on track will make a huge difference in your success. Here are 5 steps that help me with the seasonal switch.
1. Assess the current situation of your clothes.
Before you do anything else, weed out the clothes that you didn’t wear at all during the past few months. If they are just too old and ratty looking, dump them in the trash pile. If they don’t fit well or simply don’t suit your style, dump them in the donate pile. Sometimes I hang onto something I’m not sure about, but if I haven’t worn it during the last two years, it has to be donated. Things that need to be washed before storing go into another pile.
2. Pull the out of season clothes and fold/hang them for storage.
This is also a good time to make note of key wardrobe items you need. For example: If you had to toss your basic black cardigan during step #1, make a note on your phone to look for one during off-season clearance sales.
3. Assess the current situation of the new season’s clothing.
Same thing as #1 – get rid of old or unsuitable items. If you didn’t wear it the last time these clothes were in season, it needs to go.
4. Do the switch!
If you’re like me and use the same bins for storing whatever clothes are out of season, this gets a little crazy. You have to put away the new season’s clothing before you can put away last season’s stuff. Stay on task and don’t get distracted. Push through the piles and finish the job.
5. Put everything where it goes.
Immediately fill a garbage bag with things that you’re throwing away – and take it to the trash can. Fill a bag with things to donate – and put it in your trunk. Pack the out of season clothing – and put it in storage.
I know that might sound obvious, but there have been times I’ve left a bag of “donation” clothing in a spare bedroom or closet for months before I remembered to actually take it to Goodwill. I find that putting those things in my car right away helps me finish the job.
Have you done the seasonal switch? What makes it easier for you?