Here in the Miami Valley, there are only two air qualities: damp or humid. It changes quickly. We have known days where we run both the heat and the a/c. A miscalculation can leave you shivering or feeling like you dressed before drying off from your shower. As a result, seasonal changes are often challenging in the wardrobe department. Here are a few tips and tricks.
Gather all the truly wintery-looking pieces and all your "moth-munchable" fabrics. Most of us know about wool, but moth larvae also like hair, fur, feather, and felt, including those luxurious feeling cashmere and mohair sweaters.(entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef609) Don't forget the gloves, hats, scarves, socks, and blankets, as well. Examine everything for wear, tears, stains, broken zippers, missing buttons, and finally, fit. Be sure to check all the pockets and all your handbags. Nothing motivates like finding cash! For those items that pass physical inspection ask yourself, "Did I wear them this season? Why not?" If it truly was not worn because the weather didn't cooperate, then keep it another year. Otherwise, consider purging them. Winter clothes are bulky and there's no sense wasting perfectly good storage space on items that are not worthy of you. Keep a list of any key pieces you need to replace. (For more tips on moth-proofing, check out the following: www.marthastewart.com/264609/the-basics-of-mothproofing
and www.nytimes.com/2010/01/28/garden/28fix.html )
For the few winter items you decide to keep out until spring really sticks, keep them together in the closet and contained in one drawer. It will make it easier to do the final transition later. Do the same with your shoes and boots. Clean off the any salt and dirt, then polish before putting away. Purge the un-salvageable and add to your shopping list.
Pull out all the spring/summer stuff. Inspect and purge just as you did the winter stuff. Can't remember if you wore it last year? Try this trick. For drawers, fold the items and place them in backwards. As you wear them, you can fold and put them in normally. In the closet, hang the hangers backwards. Once worn, turn the hanger around.
Fold?! Hang?! Yes. Even if you're normally a "stuffer", just fold and hang for this initial step, please. At the end of the season, it'll be easier to tell what you have and have not worn.
Place any formal attire and the hot weather gear toward the back of the closet. You won't be needing it quite yet. As winter finally fades, you can pack up the remaining pieces or shift them to the back of the closet until sweater weather hits again.
What's the right way to organize your clothes? By color? By size? By event? By length? The answer is really personal preference. If you are sharing a closet with someone, then obviously it starts with splitting yours and theirs. If your work attire is completely different from your casual attire, consider separating them, then clustering suits together, pants together, skirts together, etc. It will save time when getting ready for work. You can take it a step further grouping black items together, navy items together, and so forth.
I discourage my clients from doing the whole closet strictly by gradation of color (i.e. the rainbow effect). It looks really cool...once. I have never met anyone who could maintain it and you WILL drive yourself crazy trying to figure out the chromatic order of your jeans.
Now that you can find something to wear, get outside and enjoy the earth's rejuvenation!
Thanks for reading,