Summer has come and went and autumn’s colors are popping up everywhere. Soon it will be time to dig the hats and mittens out of the basement. The key to staying on top of seasonal wardrobe changes is to keep your routine simple. The following Do's and Don'ts will help you save time and stay organized as the season's rapidly roll by.
Don't - Store off season clothing in any location other than your bedroom.
Are you tired of dragging totes up from the basement, rifling through them and washing and folding or hanging each article of clothing with the changing of each season? This system takes a lot of time and effort to maintain and if you have children and do the same with their clothing, the job gets even more overwhelming. If this describes your routine, it may to time to simplify your closet by paring down what you own. Most bedrooms have enough closet space to hold a reasonable amount of clothing for 1 -2 persons. It is also important to note that statistically, most of us wear 20% of our wardrobes 80% of the time. So take the time to evaluate your wardrobe and be selective, keeping only the clothing you or your child are truly wearing. Letting go of those items that no longer serve you will save you time again and again each season.
Do - Move heavy winter items in and out of storage each season.
It makes sense to get heavy winter gear like boots, heavy coats, scarves, hats etc. out each winter and place them in an easily accessible area for convenience. Storing these item in your basement or storage area in the summertime, frees up space in your garage and mud room so it is a worthwhile task, just don't do the same with winter clothing that resides in your bedroom.
Don't - Keep clothing in your closet that does not fit you.
One common reason that individuals struggle with fitting all of the clothing that they own into their bedroom space is that they also store clothing that does not fit them there. Think about it, if you lose weight, would you really want to wear those old tired clothes from 3 seasons ago? Or will you want to celebrate by going out and buying fresh stylish new ones? Why not plan to reward yourself for your success? If your weight tends to fluctuate and you feel that you must keep clothing that does not fit, these are the items that I suggest storing elsewhere, such as in a plastic bin in the basement. Don't let these items that you are not currently wearing take up precious space in your closet. Children's hand-me-downs that you are keeping for a younger child should also be stored in a storage space outside of the bedroom.
Do - Rotate seasonal clothing to the back of the closet.
Move out of season items to a less accessible location within your bedroom each season. The back of the closet, bottom drawers or upper shelves in a closet are good places to store out of season clothing. Also, don't forget to utilize under the bed space by using plastic bins specially sized to fit underneath. This is the perfect place to store shoes like flip-flops and sandals. When its time to switch seasons, they can be quickly retrieved and replaced with winter shoes. This is also a great place to store bulky items like heavy sweaters in the summertime. This rotation can be done with minimal effort to make easily accessible space available for the clothing you will be wearing frequently.
Don’t - Keep keepsake clothing in your closet.
Another common habit that steals closet and drawer space is keeping sentimental items that you don't wear there. Do you have sweatshirts and T-shirt's residing in your bedroom that you haven't worn in ages? Perhaps a T-shirt from a run you participated in or that old college sweatshirt that holds so many memories? Unless you are wearing them regularly, these items are actually keepsake items and should be stored in a keepsake bin outside of your bedroom.
Do - Beware of the "Out of sight out of mind" tendency.
If you are not yet convinced that storing out of season clothing outside of the bedroom is ineffective, consider the following. We tend to forget about clothing that is stored out of sight and therefore risk spending unnecessary time and money shopping for items we already have. Have you ever purchased an article of clothing for you or your child just to discover later that you already had that item at home in a storage bin? This is a frequently made mistake due to the fact that when clothing is out of sight, we tend to forget we have them.
The less clothing that you own, the simpler the process will be for keeping everything organized. Periodically taking the time to go through your closets and dresser drawers to eliminate clothing that you no longer wear is well worth your time effort and will keep your closets and clothing organized and at your fingertips as the seasons rapidly roll by.
Written By Laura Coufal
Clean & Clutter Free
Professional Organizing Services
Remember that children’s book
“If You Give a Pig a Pancake”?
Here is my own version and a recap on my morning…
If You Give a Girl a Yoga Mat….
If you give a girl a yoga mat, she might do her physical therapy because she knows it’s important to do it every day… though she finds it to be tremendously boring. But before she starts, she may realize that she has to go the bathroom. In the bathroom, she may find that there is no more toilet paper on the roll and is reminded that the rest of her family has not yet mastered the delicate skill of changing the toilet paper. When she goes to the cabinet to get more she discovers that there is none, and remembers that she forgot to retrieve more from the garage…last time. When she goes out into the garage to get more toilet paper, she notices the recycling bin is overflowing onto the floor. While she is in the back yard emptying the recyclables, she notices the wilted vegetables sitting on the picnic table…picked from the garden by her daughter two days ago. She goes back into the house to put the vegetables in the fridge, pulls out the vegetable drawer and just happens to notice that something has fallen behind the drawer. Upon removing the drawer, she discovers a large chunk of food decomposing in a Ziploc bag that is greenish black in color, unidentifiable, and most certainly rotten. With repulsion, she throws the bag in the trash. With the drawer gone, she can now see that the area beneath the drawer is beyond filthy. After she wipes down the fridge, she heads back to the bathroom to deliver the toilet paper and notices her unmade bed. She quick makes it and heads back to the living room where she finds a pile of stuff sitting next to the basement steps waiting to go downstairs. She picks up the pile and heads downstairs because she does not like clutter. As she is putting the clutter away, she notices the bag of salt pellets sitting next to the water softener machine. She quick fills the water softener with pellets and heads back upstairs. When she reaches the top of the steps, she realizes that she is pooped out, but at least her home is a bit closer to being clean and clutter free. At that moment she sees the yoga matt laying there on the floor and remembers that she STILL has not done her physical therapy! Worse yet, she can’t possibly do it now because she is just too %*&@ exhausted!
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Laura is the Owner of Clean & Clutter Free, professional organizing services.