Change It Up

Changing Seasons . . . Changing Your Wardrobe

When one door closes another one opens. I’m a big believer in saying goodbye to one thing so that something new can come in. Now is the time of year where it is easy to get caught up in the busy day-to-day that fall brings with it. Last month we said goodbye to summer but in case you didn’t acknowledge this important ending – you have another shot.

Changing of the seasons in most places means changing of your wardrobe. Even if you have closet space to spare, its good practice to do a seasonal clothing change. Put the thing you will be wearing in the front of your closet for easy access and the summer things farther in back. It is not only a good time to move your clothing around, but also an opportunity to say goodbye to summer (and your favorite pair of strappy sandals!) and a great time to clean house (literally). Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Take a good look at the items that did not get worn all summer and say goodbye. If you are not quite ready to part with them, fold them neatly in a shopping bag at the bottom of your closet until you realize that you don’t miss anything that is in the bag and are ready to give it away to someone who will put it to good use.
  2. Clean items so that they are pressed and ready for your upcoming winter break at the beach or in ready-to-wear shape when the warm weather rolls around.
  3. Make sure you are using all matching hangers so that everything hangs neatly and your closet space is efficiently used.
  4. Vacuum out the dust bunnies and make sure your closet gets a good cleaning before you put items back in – your clothing will appreciate it.

Now that you have said goodbye to summer, you are ready to pull out your winter garb. Do yourself a favor and take a good look at what you have before adding a few new fall necessities to your wardrobe. People tend to like certain things and purchase them over and over again. Make sure that you don’t already have five perfectly good black cashmere sweaters in your closet before you head out to do your fall shopping.

Last thing to do: organize. Be sure to re-read How to Organize Your Closet in 20 Minutes and let us know how it goes.

Remember every time you organize your closet, you have the opportunity to lighten your load and make space for something new to come in.


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