Summer is around the corner and it will soon be time for you to put on your brightest and lightest clothes! Until then, you have enough time on your hands to get your wardrobe in order so that you can enjoy each and every moment of the long warm days ahead.
Why do you need to do it? Because an organized wardrobe will help you get dressed quickly! You might also miss out on wearing some great clothes just because they were hidden underneath a pile of other things. Moreover, organizing your clothes will prevent you from neglecting out of season clothes.
And why do it now? Because eventually, you’ll have to get the job done! So it’s best to toil now and party later. If you’d love to get started on organizing your summer wardrobe but don’t know how to go about it, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some easy tips to help you out.
Do Away with the Winter Gear
With summer approaching, you certainly won’t need your winter boots and cashmeres. And if you have a lot of stuff that you wear according to the seasons, it would do you good to put it all away. Clearing your closet of out of season clothes and shoes will mean more space for your summer clothes. What’s more, cleaning or washing your winter wear and storing it properly will mean having a ready to wear wardrobe for winter!
Get Rid of Items You Don’t Use
Go through each item in your closet and identify all items that you haven’t worn or used in the past year. There’s no point in letting items you’re not going to use take up precious space in your closet. Also get rid of items that are no longer in fashion, ones that don’t fit you any longer, and those that don’t fit your current lifestyle. Drop items off at your local consignment shop, donate them, or organize a swap party with friends and relatives. Freeing up your closet of unwanted items will give you more space to neatly organize items you’ll make use of. And you’ll also have enough space for new items!
Examine Your Summer Gear
Now that you’ve decided what you’d love to wear and use this summer, make sure all of it is in good condition. You don’t want to pull out a pair of sandals for an event only to find that they need to be taken to a cobbler. So examine all your clothes, shoes, bags and accessories before it is time for you to sport them. Mend snags, fraying ends, holes, etc. as you see fit. If you have clothes that need to be altered, get the job done as soon as possible. Don’t forget to take a look at your summer hats too! You might come across items that are damaged beyond repair. Either throw them away or use them for craft projects or odd cleaning jobs around the house. Eliminating items from your summer wardrobe will help you decide on what items you need to buy.
Fit It In
If you have a huge closet, you won’t have to worry about fitting all of your clothes in. But if you don’t, there is no need to worry about limited wardrobe space . Remember that summer clothes are usually lighter and thinner than winter clothes, so you’ll be fine if your closet was able to contain all your winter gear!
- If you have deep shelves, get a few cubbies to hold your folded clothes well. Place them one after the other so that when you have to get to clothes at the back, you only move the cubbies and don’t end up creating a mess.
- When using cubbies or drawers to store folded clothes, place clothes vertically rather than horizontally. This will make it easier for you to identify clothing items and pull out what you need.
- If you have open shelves, try not to stack your clothes too high or they may tumble down.
- Make use of specialty hangers like slim hangers or multi-pant hangers like those available on OnlyHangers to help you save space.
- Coats can take up too much space inside a closet. Invest in a coat rack or simply attach a coat peg on your bedroom wall or in the hallway to hold your coats.
- Scarves, belts, and sunglasses can be hung on towel racks or hooks fitted on the inside of the closet doors. You can also hang your hats in there. If you have extra large hats and limited closet space, use your coat hanger or simply toss a couple over your bedpost.
- Avoid hanging your handbags on hooks as this can cause the straps to stretch. Instead, place handbags upright on shelves and use bookends for support.
- Shoes can be stored on the closet floor. You can also use cubbies for them or hang them on hooks on the inside wall of your closet.
Organizing your wardrobe seems like tough work, but if you do it right, you’ll be able to get the job done soon enough. You don’t have to do it all in one go; do things at a steady pace and you’ll get through the whole pile!
With the tips mentioned here, you now know how to begin organizing your summer essentials. So get started and get ready to welcome the summer!
Eva Hines is a blogger who frequently writes on diverse niches like home décor, fashion, and design. She loves to spend time with her friends every weekend and is a travel enthusiast. You can connect with her on Google+.