Spring has sprung (or will be very soon!), and with the warmer temperatures come lighter, brighter clothes. Switching out your wardrobe for the seasons can seem like an overwhelming task, but if you break it up into manageable chunks, you may find that you are not dreading it as much as you did in years past. Try some of these tips for switching to your spring and summer wardrobe with less stress.
Step One: Heavy Sweaters and Jackets
Because these generally don’t get washed after each use, it makes sense to start your switchover by pulling these items out and having them cleaned. Storing clothing without cleaning it first can cause an insect infestation. Yuck!
Check the labels and either launder or take to the dry cleaners. Then check for loose buttons or fraying zippers. As long as all looks good, fold these items and pack them in plastic containers that are not airtight; you need some air movement to discourage the growth of mold and mildew.
At this point, you can go through your summer clothes and choose some items that you will be wearing this spring. Launder it and start incorporating it into your wardrobe, layered with the lighter winter items that you still have in the closet.
Step Two: Light Sweaters, Corduroys, Etc.
Look through your light sweaters, sweatshirts and other lightweight winter items and choose a few to keep in the closet with your summer items. Nights can get chilly, and air conditioning can be uncomfortably cool, so it’s good to have a few warm items on hand. Pick out the separates that will go well with what you have in your summer wardrobe.
Once the weather gets a bit warmer, you can take the rest of your light sweaters and store them as you stored the heavier items, being sure to clean them first if they haven’t been laundered since the last wearing. Store these containers on top of the first ones you filled; as summer turns into fall, you’ll need these lighter items before the heavy ones in the bins below.
Now you can also bring in the rest of your summer wardrobe. It will be fun to start mixing these items into your outfits. By the time you have all of your winterwear out of the closet, you will likely be ready to start wearing your summer items without sweaters most of the time.
Step Three: Winter Shoes and Accessories
If you have a huge shoe rack in your closet, you might just need to move your winter boots and shoes toward the back of the closet while you bring your sandals and wedges forward. If you have to store them, however, make sure that they’re in bins that are tall enough so as not to crush the top of tall boots. Try not to store shoes on top of one another, unless they are in shoeboxes.
Do the same thing with your accessories: You probably have purses and hats that are more appropriate for winter. By moving these out of the way, you’ll have more room for your lighter summertime accessories.
By splitting your wardrobe switchover into a few steps, you can avoid having a major mess all at once. Take a few weeks and tackle this project gradually. Happy spring!