6 Steps to a Seasonal Closet Change

6 Steps to a Seasonal Closet Change

Make your seasonal closet shift as quick and painlessly as possible with these tips.


By: Sydne Summer

Closet space can be a major problem. While there are certainly tricks to help organize, one of the best ways to save space is by seasonally changing out your closet. Here's how to get started with your seasonal switch:

Step 1: Pull Out Pieces You Will No Longer Be Wearing in the New Season
If you're not sure about an item, keep it! You can easily wear a shift dress in colder weather by layering a turtleneck underneath. And leather shorts certainly work with tights. As we enter Fall, the pieces that should be stored include bathing suits, espadrilles, floppy hats and lightweight fabrics, like linen.

Step 2: Lay Out All the "Off-Season" Items
Look for pieces that are stained, no longer fit or you simply don't like anymore. Instead of saving them, put them in three piles: donation, consignment and trash. Mark a time in your schedule to bring these piles to donation and consignment stores so they don't pile up! You can even use the money you get at the consignment store to buy nice storage containers (see Step 4).

Step 3: Before Storing Your Clothing, Make Sure Everything is Laundered
Bikinis should be washed, dirt should be removed from your shoes and dresses should be taken to the dry cleaner. You don't want soiled clothes to welcome you in the Spring!

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Step 4: Get Airtight Containers
Cardboard boxes are fine for transporting clothing but not for storing them. You want to seal out humidity. Your local storage and organizational store will have plenty of options from which to choose. You can also put in pouches of cedar or lavender to repel moths.

Step 5: Find the Right Place to Store Your Clothing
You want to keep your clothing somewhere in the house that stays cool and dark. If you have additional closets in separate bedrooms, that is certainly ideal. You can also store the containers in your garage or attic. For smaller spaces, hide your seasonal items in hard to reach places of your closet or under the bed. You can even get bed risers to create more room for storage.

Step 6: Label Your Boxes
Just in case you go on vacation or need a certain piece for some reason, you don't want to have to search though every box. Creating labels can save time for later.

Quick Tip : While organizing your closet, donate pieces that no longer fit instead of saving them for next season.



As the founder and editor-in-chief of SydneStyle, Sydne connects with her readers through her inspirational yet achievable style, while providing how-to solutions, trend spotting and styling advice. She currently lives in West Hollywood with her very chic rescue dog, Bunny.

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