Depending on your home (and the weather where you live), you may need to make a seasonal clothing switch several times a year. Here’s an easy method to make a smooth switch.
I live in northeastern Ohio, land of constant temperature fluctuation.
In 2015, we’ve had a freezing cold and snowy winter, a cool and rainy spring – I was wearing a sweater and jeans on June 1st – and then a hot and dry eight weeks throughout July, August and September.
From heavy winter coats, snowpants, thick sweaters and fleece pajamas in the winter to jackets and lighter sweaters in the spring and fall to lightweight tops and bottoms in the summer, it’s entirely possible for one family to own a lot of clothes.
And unless you live in a home with spacious walk-in closets – or you’ve gone all KonMari and only own a handful of clothes – it’s difficult to squeeze four seasons of wardrobes into a closet or dresser.
To save space in your closet, a seasonal clothing change is necessary.
Here’s a warning, though: This kind of seasonal changeover can take a lot of time depending on how many people are in your home and how many clothes you own.
Because of the screwy weather in my state, I can plan on four definite seasonal clothing changes a year. But I’ve come to realize that I have more changes than four, especially when we’re making a long transition into the heat of summer or deep freeze of winter.
Making a smoother change
So how have I made my seasonal clothing switch a little easier?
I follow a 3-step process before I pack any clothes away. (It’s important to note that I tackle one person’s clothing at a time.)
1. Before I pack any clothes away, I sort all clothes to see what I can purge. Have I worn it over the past few months? Do I love it? Do I even like it? Does it fit?
I store the clothes I want to purge in a bag to take to my favorite consignment shop and take the rest of the clothes out of the closet and dresser.
2. I store our off-season clothing in plastic totes in our basement. When it’s time to switch clothes, I do the same sorting process as I do in our bedrooms – do the clothes fit? Do I still like them?
I separate the unwanted clothing and wash what we’ll wear.
3. Once the totes are emptied, I fill them with the clothes that were just in my closet and dresser, and stack them in our basement again.
Now that the closets and dresser drawers are empty, I fill them with the freshly laundered clothes for the new season. And I breathe a sigh of relief that the switch over is done … until the next season.
If you also deal with constant temperature fluctuation and your family owns a lot of clothes, you can now have a smoother seasonal clothing switch.
How do you make a seasonal clothing switch? How do you store clothes between seasons?
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