Are you ready for summer?
More importantly, is your closet? When you think about it, the two things go hand-in-hand. Before you head to the beach, hike the Appalachian Trail or embark on your cross-country drive, you’ll want to make sure you have your wardrobe ready.
Here are a few closet organizing tips to help prepare for the summer.
1. Do a clothing purge
Go through your closet and find the things you haven’t worn in a few summers, or things that no longer fit. It’s time to say goodbye. This might seem tough, but remember the 80-20 rule of clothing: we wear 20 percent of our stuff 80 percent of the time.
When you’ve identified the things you don’t want to keep, don’t just throw them away. Give these clothes to a friend who’s always admired your look, sell them with the help of a consignment shop, or donate them to Goodwill or a local thrift shop.
2. Send your winter clothes on vacation
The days of heavy garments are over, at least for a few months. Once you’ve done your purge, look for any out-of-season clothing -- sweaters, boots, wool scarves, corduroy, etc. – and pack it up for the season.
You can keep these items in a trunk at the foot of your bed or in your attic, or in the closet if you have enough storage space. You should avoid warm, dank locations in order to fend off mildew and insects. Keep your clothes somewhere dark, to prevent them from fading.
Also, be sure to first wash anything you’ve decided to store, so that it will be ready to wear when wintry weather comes around again.
Once you’ve put away winter clothing and gotten rid of things you aren’t going to wear, take what’s left behind and organize it into categories. Stick to these categories when you begin to hang/shelve items in your closet.
4. Give yourself extra hanging space
Attaching hooks and hanging rods to the inside of your closet door and the closet’s side walls gives you added space for summer accessories such as beach bags and hats. Put the items you’ll be using the most on the hooks that are easiest to reach, and keep the things you’ll only wear occasionally in more out-of-the-way spots.
5. Rods and dividers
Those extra hooks might not be enough for all your items. If that’s the case, you may want to invest in an adjustable extender rod. This will give you double the amount of hanging space, and also provide you with a simple method of closet organization. You can keep shirts on one rod, and slacks and skirts on another.
You can also save space by keeping t-shirts and tank tops on shelves instead of hangers. These items don’t necessarily need to go on hangers, and you can keep them from getting wrinkled by installing shelf dividers to keep your tops in well-organized stacks.
Again, the 80-20 rule is still going to apply, so keep your favorite tops at the top of the pile, and your least-worn ones toward the bottom.
If you’re looking for more ways to organize your closet for the summer – or the fall, winter or spring – turn to the experts at Closets & Cabinetry.
Our closet reorganization team can turn your space from cluttered to chic in no time at all, giving you time to relax and enjoy your summer.