Out with the sweaters and in with the t-shirts! If you are like me, you dread the task of changing out seasonal clothes.  Once we hit this time of year, you can be pretty sure you won’t need that cozy turtleneck sweater anymore. So what do you do when you need to haul out the fall and winter clothes to replace them with your spring/summer wardrobe? Do you pack away the same beloved sweater every year wondering how you never wore it–even just once–for the whole winter. Parting with old favorites can be tough but is very necessary!
We’ve compiled some tips for you that pertain to this topic:
Weed out the things that don’t make you feel good about yourself. If a shirt hangs funny, you’re constantly adjusting a skirt, or a jacket doesn’t fit through the shoulders, it’s time to get rid of it! Sounds like common sense, but it’s surprising how many clothes people keep because they “spent good money on that”. There are a number of worthy places to donate the clothing you are moving out of your closet! Visit this site for ideas of locations.  A number of them will come to your home to pick up the clothes!
Remember Clean, Cool, Dark, and Dry. Your storage area must be all 4 of these in order to protect your clothing. Clean any area thoroughly before storing. Choose a place that is not likely to be exposed to heat. Avoid areas near heating sources. A dark place will prevent fading and keep the area and clothing cool. Make sure the storage area is dry because wetness will attract mildew and insects.
Clean all outfits thoroughly before packing. Particles left on items can stain and set into your clothes after several months of storage. Cleaning the clothes also means that insects will be less likely to take up residence in your sweaters.
Be careful with the use of mothballs. Children are naturally attracted to them with deadly results. Another option would be cedar blocks or cedar lined storage. Mothballs and cedar can be effective against insects, but keep in mind that neither is a complete guarantee.
There are many websites where you can find help in organizing your clothing. Take a look at organizedwithstyle.com and lifeorganizers.com. Do you have any great tips to share about how you effectively manage/clean/organize your closet space and transition between seasons? Some of us are just naturally gifted with organizational skills! C’mon, share the love! 🙂