Spring has slowly been arriving here in Chattanooga. Just when it feels warm enough to break out my light weight clothes we get a cold front and rain. I decided, however, to take all of the fall and winter clothes in my closet out and move the spring and summer ones in. I usually take one weekend in the spring and one in the fall to switch out my wardrobe since the master closet is not large. There are a few things that I always do when making the switch every year.
1. Every season when putting the clothes in the master closet I hang all items up with the hanger backwards and when I put them back after wearing them I turn the hanger around. That way when I change out the closet I can quickly tell those items I didn’t wear. I take those clothes on the backward hangers out right away and put them in the donate pile. If I haven’t worn it over the last six months it’s very doubtful that I ever will! The only exception is formal attire.
2. Then I arrange all the items by group. I start with cami’s then to sleeveless tops, short sleeve tops, cardigans, ( you get the idea) and then in each group I hang by color starting with the lightest to the darkest. This saves me so much time when looking for the right top or bottom to put together.
3. I check all the items that are white (t-shirts, jeans and tops) to make sure they still look bright. If there is any underarm yellowing or a spot I missed from before it’s time to get rid of it. Most whites only last one season or two before they start looking dull and yellowing.
4. I make a pile of all pieces that are made of cashmere or wool to be taken to the dry cleaners. In the past I have make of mistake of not thinking I had gotten anything on an item only to be disappointed and surprised when I went to wear that item again. Also, dry cleaning will protect your items from moths.
5. I try on the items that I was on the fence about to see if I really want to keep them. And at the same time check to see if the fit is right and proportion still works.
6. I make sure there are no items that I have taken out that need to be repaired or taken to the shoe repair store and make a separate pile for those.
7. Make sure to check your shoes, sandals, and tennis to see if they are still looking good. Sometimes I have thought a pair would work next year and then after looking at them again think no, I really need to get rid of those.
If you haven’t tried the new velvet hangers you need to. They keep the silky tops and dress from sliding off and onto the floor of your closet. Additionally you can hang more items on the bar. And I’m always looking for more efficient ways to use space.
I hope these tips help and get you ready for the new season.