The seasonal wardrobe swap
It’s spring as I write this. For many people that means thinking about how to organise your wardrobe space after the clutter of winter.
I love this time of year, first the snowdrops then the daffodils and bluebells. The longer days, the promise of warmer weather, and the bright green new leaves on the trees and in the hedgerows.
One of the rituals I look forward to at this time of year is my seasonal wardrobe swap. So, as I’m getting started on my own spring wardrobe swap, I thought it would be a nice time to write some useful tips and guidance on how to organise your wardrobe.
How to organise your wardrobe
I use a simple 4-step process for organising a wardrobe. I’ve broken them down into tips you can use each season:
Step 1 – Saving space
Like many people we don’t have much hanging wardrobe storage at home. This takes me straight to step one of how to organise your wardrobe space. Saving space.
You can make the most of your hanging space by packing your seasonal clothes into vacuum bags and storing them in the loft for the few months they are not needed.
How do you do this? Here’s my method for sorting through seasonal clothes:
- Look at the clothes currently hanging in your wardrobe.
- Identify the clothes you haven’t worn in the last few months – and then decide if I want to keep them, consider selling or donate them to charity.
- Then, repeat the process with the clothes you have worn, checking each garment carefully to ensure no repairs are needed.
Top tip: for jumpers, carefully wash them and de-bobble before storing away – this saves time when you open up the vacuum bag in late Autumn!
Step 2 – What to keep in your wardrobe
When thinking about how to organise your wardrobe, it’s important to know what to keep out in your wardrobe, and what to store away.
Firstly, while the wardrobe is empty I give it a good clean and vacuum before putting any clothes back in.
I have some favourites that stay out all year round. They go back into the wardrobe first- and I turn the hangers the other way around.
Now, we all know that just because it’s been a beautiful spring or a hot summer, we still could have another cold snap. So, I don’t put all my winter clothes away, I leave out a pair of jeans and a jumper or two for those colder nights.
Step 3 – Putting clothes back in your wardrobe
As I retrieve my summer clothes from the loft I get just a bit excited … my mind wanders off to future family barbecues, warm summer days and an evening in pub gardens with friends…Oops…Ahem…Back to the steps:
- When getting my seasonal clothes out of the loft, I put them all out to air – especially in the spring and summer months.
- If needed, I give them a gentle iron before hanging them back into my wardrobe.
- When I hang these clothes in the wardrobe I also put the hangers the other way round.
- Then, I after I’ve worn or washed my seasonal (in this case summer) clothes, I put them back in the newly organised wardrobe with the hangers the right way round. This way when I come to do the swap out again in late autumn, I can easily identify which clothes haven’t been worn!
Step 4 – Packing a vacuum bag
So, now you have a good idea of how to organise your wardrobe, here are some things to consider when packing your vacuum bag for storage.
- Firstly, I make sure all of the out-of-season clothes (in this case winter clothes) I want to pack away are clean, and mended if needed.
- I then carefully pack them into the vacuum bag my summer clothes came out of, ensuring no zips, poppers or anything with an edge is closest to the plastic.
- Lastly, I seal and store them back in the loft.
Here’s an example of what’s in my winter vacuum bag for storage over summer:
- Woolly socks
- Woolly skirts
Other ideas, tips, and tricks
Trips to charity shops
As I write this article in April 2020 we are currently in lockdown – so the few things that were going to charity have been put in a plastic bag and stored until the shops open again.
Other space saving ideas
As well as thinking about how to organise your wardrobe, it’s also useful to think about how to save space in other storage areas. Here are some other things you could store in vacuum bags for short term seasonal storage:
- Duvets and eiderdowns
- Spare duvet/sheet sets
- Ski jackets, salopettes, beanies and gloves
Vacuum bags are generally not recommended for longer term storage as they can damage natural fibres. Don’t store items with sharp edges or ridges as these may puncture the bag.
Need some help?
If you’d like some help sorting out your wardrobe, whether it’s working through the seasonal swap over or a complete declutter I’d love to help you. Why not book a free no-obligation consultation today. You can book one here.