The weather seems to have finally broken for Spring and the sun is shining.
If you aren't on holiday or entertaining friends, or out with family, the Easter bank holiday is a perfect time to think about swapping your wardrobe over to your Spring / Summer clothing, not just because we get a 4 day weekend and therefore extra time, but Easter is a time for new beginnings and birth of all things new.
What a perfect time for de-cluttering, tidying and making space in your wardrobe (and your mind) for all the clothes you will be wearing over the next 6 months or so.
Many people don't have the space in their wardrobe to fit in every single item of clothing and accessories they own, and if they try and cram it all in, it ends up in a huge cluttered mess.
The best way to keep your clothes looking great and organised is to separate them through the seasons, ie Autumn / Winter and Spring / Summer.
Boots and heavy winter coats get packed away and the summer dresses, light jackets and sandals are brought back out.
But where do we store it all?
If you don't have any extra wardrobe space in a spare room, or one of your children's wardrobes, here are a few suggestions of where you can store your out of season clothes:
- In a suitcase - almost like packing for your holiday, you are packing for your clothes to go on holiday for a few months. Carefully fold or roll the items, even pack them with tissue or plastic in between each layer to prevent too much creasing. Either store the suitcase up the loft or if you have room, under your bed.
- Clear labelled plastic boxes - plastic boxes clearly labelled with whats inside, ie boots and winter shoes in one, chunky knitwear in another, etc etc. The boxes could be stored under your bed (shallow under bed storage boxes are readily available) or on top of your wardrobe, or in the loft.
- Ottoman beds - Ottoman beds are a great way to store your out of season clothes. You could even lay the items flat, still on their hangers and place them in hanging storage bags to prevent dust. If you already store other items in your ottoman bed, is it worth considering if you need everything you store in there, or is it time for a de-clutter to make more space?
If you don't have any other storage space or would prefer to keep ALL of your clothing in your wardrobe, my advice would be to hang your winter clothing at the back or in its own section of your wardrobe and maybe invest in some clear covers to keep your clothes in good condition while they aren't being used.
Whilst separating out your seasonal clothing its a great time to really think about what you have in your wardrobe and do a wardrobe cleanse at the same time.
Think about what you have worn during the Autumn / Winter months and whether or not you want to keep every single item. Does it ALL make you feel good when you're wearing it, does it match anything you have in your wardrobe, have you actually worn it, and if not, why?
This time of new beginnings is a great opportunity to consider your shopping habits too.
Only buy what you absolutely love wearing, not necessarily just because you love it on the hanger! We sometimes see an item online or in store and fall in love with it, but when we try it on it doesn't give you that wow feeling. It's at that point we need to recognise that feeling and NOT purchase.
Happy de-cluttering and organising everyone, and if you need a Wardrobe Fairy to help, you know where to shout x