Let me start with a confession, I really don’t like switching out my clothes for the seasons. It’s such a chore but you know what I dislike even more? Summer clothes staring at me when it’s -40C outside (and yes it gets that cold here where I live in northern Alberta). I don’t want to see my shorts or my cute tank tops mocking me day after day. It’s so mean! So I stash them away out of sight, out of mind as I try to get through our long 6 months of winter without having a complete meltdown (although it still happens, usually around the 5 month mark). One of the other HUGE benefits of doing a seasonal clothes switch out is the purge that happens as a result. Wait till you see the three big bags I sent out of here. It’s so worth the hassle, trust me. It feels amazing to know that everything left in my closet are things I really want to wear, that actually fit and that don’t annoy me every time I put them on.
I’ve talked about my seasonal clothes rotation game so many times on the blog. But for those that are new here or want a refresher I have a system in place that I use to make this big task a little more manageable. It’s a process I do twice a year in the fall and in the spring. It all centers around four smaller totes that I found years ago, not even sure where now. They aren’t huge, they fit in my closet nicely and they act as a limiting container providing much needed boundaries to avoid excess.
First I start by pulling down these four bins from the shelf in my closet and stacking them on the bed. In the winter they hold, long sleeve shirts, Christmas sweaters and thick leggings. In the summer they hold, shorts, tank tops and Capri pants.
Second, I then take out of my closet my spring/summer items of clothing that I want to pack away for the winter and throw those items on the bed as well.
Third, the bins get emptied and the fall/winter clothes either get hung up or put into one of these two bins below that sit on a shelf in my closet. I purge as I go, anything that no longer fits me or my needs goes. I would have done this step in the spring as well with these clothes but it’s always good to do another look over everything.
These brown baskets are used in winter for leggings and sweatpants. In summer they hold my tank tops and shorts. I can’t be bothered to hang these things up so the baskets work great to keep them contained and from spilling out all over the place.
I also have these canvas storage boxes in my closet that hold scarves and bathing suits. These don’t get rotated out. I like the windows so I can see what’s inside. They are similar to these ones on Amazon (affiliate link).
Before packing away my summer clothes into the bins I go through the pile to determine what can stay and what can go. I’m always pretty ruthless especially if I didn’t wear something at all during the last season. Goodbye!
In this picture you can see my four bins stacked in the corner of my closet on the shelf.
Org Junkie’s Tips for Parting with Your Clothes:
1. If you haven’t worn something in a year then out it goes regardless of condition, price or size. Why a year? Because you cover every season in that period of time. If you haven’t worn it during the year, you probably never will.
2. If you have a piece of clothing that you wear but are annoyed with it every time you do, seriously stop it.
3. If it’s waiting to be mended and it’s been waiting for a long time then enough is enough already.
4. If you hate to iron and your ironing pile sits there totally neglected while you wear all your favorite clothing over and over again, why do you still have an ironing pile?
5. I’m not opposed to keeping your “skinny” clothes (and I know we all do it) but for goodness sakes you don’t need to keep all of it. Styles change, your tastes change, your body shape changes so chances are good that when you get back to that size you’re going to want new stuff anyway.
6. If you absolutely love a shirt but never wear it because you have nothing to wear it with, well guess what, a mate isn’t going to magically appear in the night. Follow the one year rule.
7. Sentimental clothes that you aren’t wearing shouldn’t reside in your closet. Either take a picture of it and preserve the memory or limit yourself to one tote of “clothes to show my kids so they can laugh their heads off at me someday”.
8. Don’t hang onto something that is “just alright” because you don’t have something better yet to replace it. Let it go now unless it means you go naked, that wouldn’t be right.
9. You don’t have to do it all at once. Try organizing in stages and be motivated by your success. One day you could do shirts, the next day shorts, etc..
10. Try everything on. This one I can’t stress enough. Do not hold something up and say oh this is so beautiful I’m going to keep it. That’s too easy and what you might not remember is that, although it’s beautiful, the buttons gape at the front showing off your woman parts. Nope we don’t want that now do we. Get rid of it.
11. You only have the space that you do. Jamming your clothes into the closet and fighting with them every single day to find what you need won’t make your closet grow in the night. It will only make you grumpy…every single day. It’s not worth it.
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Here’s my final pile of clothes I donated this time around. Whew! And really the process is so much quicker than I always anticipate. I think it took me about an hour so I don’t know why it’s something I always procrastinate.I love that it forces a much needed purge as well. My closet feels so much lighter!
Do you do a seasonal clothes switch out? How often do you do an intentional clothes purge each year? Got any questions for me about my seasonal clothes switch out and purge process leave them in the comments below.
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