Summer is just around the corner, which means that it’s time to get your wardrobe prepared for the warmer months ahead! The warmer weather means a completely different set of clothes for each day of the week, so you’ll have to plan accordingly.
In order to do that effectively, you’ll need to organize your wardrobe and avoid any overstuffed drawers in the process. It’s time to air out all the right clothing!
Here are several ways to get your wardrobe ready for spring and summer. Be sure to consider all of these tips as you go about designing your optimal closet space.
1. Throw away clothes that don’t fit anymore
Since you’ll be focusing time and effort into your wardrobe for the first time in a long while, why not make the most of it? The clothes you have that no longer fit you are a waste of space, get rid of them.
You can donate them, give them to a relative/friend, or simply throw them away if they’re in too bad of shape. You might also consider selling them online to get some money towards more summer clothes!
While it might be exhaustive, take the time to try on any clothing that may or may not fit anymore to know for sure. If it does, then store it away. If not, then make other plans for it!
2. Wash all clothing items
To switch your wardrobe from winter clothes to summer clothes, two things are going to happen. First, you’ll be taking out all the summer clothes from boxes and containers. Second, you’ll be storing all the winter clothes in those same boxes.
For that reason, the summer clothes need to be washed from being stored so long and the winter clothes need to be washed before they’re stored.
Taking the time to wash both sets of clothes will ensure your clothes are kept in the best shape.
3. Fold your heavier items for storage
Heavier winter items, such as bulky coats and sweaters, need to be stored a different way than others. While you might put storage items in boxes, the heavier items need special treatment.
Start by folding each jacket in half long-ways, then folding it in thirds with the arm sleeves folded on both sides. Then, once that’s done, store the jackets inside of plastic bins to ensure that the bugs don’t get any ideas.
For those of you that have winter shoes, such as boots, try your best to find a cardboard box that you can store them in. Stacking shoes in a box can destroy the shoes and any other apparel that’s inside.
Be sure to read this article on more space-saving tips to store your winter clothes in the summer months ahead.
4. Cut ties with clothes you don’t like
This may very well be the hardest part of the entire process. You might have a piece of summer clothing (or two) that you love, but don’t give you the most confidence.
You purchased them because they looked great on a friend or the mannequin in the store. You may have just purchased it last year, which makes it even more difficult to let go of so soon.
However, for the sake of saving space, it’s best to cut ties. You’ll never wear clothes that you’re on the fence about. Use the previously-mentioned tips to effectively get rid of those clothes and give them to someone who will wear it.
5. Take inventory of your summer clothes
It’s only natural that you’d want to buy an entire new wardrobe for the summer months, but it isn’t realistic. Instead, try approaching it with more of a “stock and refill” mindset.
For example, if you have clothes that are 4 years or older, then it’s time to throw them out and buy something new to take its place. This can keep your style fresh while maintaining a proper budget.
Make a list of all the things you need to replace to make sure you don’t end up with more tops than you need. This will be especially helpful with the next step…
6. Build your summer wardrobe
Now it’s time for the fun part: shopping! The change of season is always a good reason to get back out there and shop around for some trendy clothing.
First things first, ladies, make sure that you have enough denim shorts to wear for this summer. They go well with any top and are perfect for all summer occasions such as date nights and family get-togethers.
Next, be sure to find some cute summer dresses that you can wear for some of the fancier occasions. Summer is the time when you’ll attend the most weddings, so it’s nice to have a go-to dress or two for those moments.
Lastly, be sure to invest in some cute swimsuits. You never know when the summer will take you near water. Maybe it’s during vacation, maybe it’s at a friend’s backyard pool. No matter when that time comes, you’ll be ready to bust them out!
Prepare your wardrobe for the warmer months!
Now that you’ve seen several tips on how to organize your wardrobe and keep your apparel fresh, it’s time to get things in motion.
Be sure to read these ideas on how to enjoy springtime and summertime while you’re at home.