It’s that time of year again! Fall is quickly approaching, and for many people that means it’s time to get ready for colder weather. In order to be properly prepared, it’s important to make sure that you clean out your closet. All of your summer garments need to be put to the side & safely stored, in preparation of replacing with your fall collection.
Many people find the process of cleaning out their closet to be a daunting task and decide to leave it for the last second. But, you should not hesitate! The longer you wait, the more likely it is that you’re going to find all of your clothes jumbled up into a disorganized mess. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of useful tips and tricks to help you successfully clean and organize your closet to be fall-ready.
1. Remove all of the useless summer items from your closet.
First things first is to select and get rid of any clothing items that you definitely will not wear in the coming months. You should make sure that all of the summer clothes & shoes you plan to store for later are kept in good condition. Put all of your light t-shirts and shorts to the side. These are relatively easy to store and can all stay.
Then, clean all of your clothes one more time and look for any skin oils or stains that could potentially damage your clothing overtime. Furthermore, if anything doesn’t fit, or if you’re tired of wearing it, or if it is in bad condition, or if it is out of style – than these items should be put away into donation bags. Additionally, here are some questions you should ask yourself before making a decision on getting rid of a particular piece of clothing or pair of shoes.
- Does it fit?
- Is it in good condition?
- Do I feel confident when I wear it?
- Does it represent me or represent where I want to be in life?
If your answer to any of the above questions are yes, then place that item in a storage bin to stick on the top shelves of your closet or under your bed. This way you’re not taking away prime real estate from your clothing rods and dresser drawers.
2. Make sure that you have a good amount of space to work with.
It’s important to have a plenty of room when you are cleaning and organizing your closet to get the best results. If you’re in a confined area, everything will seem tight and restrictive. You are likely to become frustrated while trying to clean and organize all of the items in your closet. You should try clearing off your bed and using a mobile clothing rack if you have one to free up some space. In addition, it’s wise to prepare any bins that you may use for storing clothes by making sure they are empty and clean inside. Furthermore, having a few garbage bags ready in case you decide to donate anything that’s not worth keeping will allow you to stay organized throughout the entire process.
3. Take out your Fall and Winter clothes and get ready to get organized!
With the heavier clothing that you need to add to your closet, just perform the opposite of what you just did with your lighter clothing. Put everything to the side and check for any stains. Ask yourself the same questions you did for your summer clothes and find out what’s worth keeping and what may need to be donated or handed down to other family members. The next part is to actually organize your clothes so that they are accessible and easy to locate. It’s important to make sure that you have matching hangers, in order to maximize closet space. Plus, you should make sure that you have enough hangers available.
At this point, you can begin arranging your clothing by type and color. This will make it easy for you put together outfits and find exactly what you’re looking for. All of your bulkier items like sweaters, sweatshirts and jeans are not worth hanging. These items should be folded and organized onto shelves.
4. Lastly, organize your shoes
Make sure that you have a dedicated spot for all of your favorite pairs of shoes. This spot will ideally be towards the front of your closet – in a place that will maximize visibility and accessibility. Furthermore, if you are in need of new shoes for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons, you can easily find your next favorite pair of shoes at Traffic Shoe! We have a wide array of fashionable and affordable shoes for all different types of people with all different tastes.
However, regardless of how big or small your closet is, it’s important that you regularly get rid of useless items – like clothes that don’t fit or shoes that have gone out of style – that are taking up valuable real estate. We hope you can make use of these tips for cleaning out your closet in anticipation of making room for your favorite new clothes and shoes.