Expert Tips: Organize Your Wardrobe for Fall & Winter
Cooler Weather Is on the Way!
The changing of seasons is a perfect time to get organized in your bedroom closet. Here are a few tips for a smooth seasonal transition from the expert design consultants at California Closets:
1. Determine what you are keeping and what must go. Let go of worn or permanently stained items, unfashionable clothing, and anything not worn in two years with these simple steps:
- Donate professional women's clothing at Dress for Success and men's suits at Men's Warehouse National Men's Suit Drive.
- Donate other wearable clothing, accessories, and textiles at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army, or post on Freecycle or Craigslist.
- Drop off worn, damaged or stained clothing and shoes at Goodwill – most locations will recycle the usable parts. There’s no need to throw clothing or shoes in the landfill.
2. Tuck away seasonal clothes for winter storage. Store those linen trousers, sundresses, shorts, swimsuits and other summer-only items on higher shelves. Or, if your closet has high ceilings, consider pull-down wardrobe lifts to add an extra hanging section. No room left in your closet? Organize neatly in labeled bins and place under your bed, in your attic, your basement or garage.
3. Arrange items by type to maximize wardrobe flexibility. Keep shirts with shirts, pants with pants, sweaters with sweaters, and so on. This is the perfect strategy for cold weather accessories that are easy to lose such as gloves, scarves and hats – keep them together!
4. Install hooks and racks. You don't want your ties, belts or scarves all bunched up, so keep them neatly organized on hooks. For ties, you really want a tie rack with a designated hook or peg for each tie. Use racks for hats or purses - the idea is to keep everything visible and handy to make accessorizing easy.
Bonus tip: Hooks are also a unique way to store your costume jewelry - it's easy to see how your necklaces hang and to just grab them and go, rather than rifling through jewelry boxes.
5. Use shelves to keep sweaters and shirts in view. You don't wear what you don't see, so fold sweaters and shirts and store on shelves. Bonus: storing items this way also helps avoid stretching.
6. Use shoe racks or bins to keep cold-weather footwear neat and clean. Separate the muddy boots and galoshes from the dress shoes by using separate racks or bins. Consider organizing the most frequently used shoes or boots right by your front door – in a bin or under a bench for easy access.