Warm, sunny, summer days are a thing of the past and cold, wet days are here to stay. The beautiful shades of red, gold, and orange are gone and the trees are now bare. Fall is my favorite season. I love pulling on a pair of jeans (who am I kidding…I love sweatpants!) and a warm cozy sweatshirt on a cool, fall day. I love playing in the leaves with my daughters, going to the pumpkin patch, taking a walk in the woods, and I love to sit on the couch on a lazy, Sunday afternoon watching football. I love that my husband says, “can you smell it?” By “it”, he means FALL.
But do you know what I love to do even more than all that? I love to organize my closets in the fall! Fall is a great time to organize. With the change in temperature, comes a change in clothing necessities…especially in Wisconsin.
Here are some great tips for organizing your closet in the fall. [line]
Don’t just put sweaters, sweatshirts, and long pants on top of the shorts, tank tops, and swimsuits! Take the summer, warm weather clothes out of the closets and dressers. We live in Wisconsin and unless you’re going somewhere tropical, you will likely not wear those cute tank tops and sundresses in February or March or maybe even in June!
When pulling items out of your closet, it is a great time to really be realistic with yourself. Will you really wear it again next year? If yes, then store away. If no, purge it! I have a rule in my house, if I didn’t wear it in the last 6-9 months; I will not wear it ever again, so it needs to leave my house.
When I am purging my own clothing I look at it and decide if it is something I will keep for rummage sale season. Adult clothing does not sell well at rummage sales, so it really needs to be something I think will sell. If not, then it is time to find a consignment shop that might take it or donate it so someone that needs it more than I.
If I’ve decided to keep the article of clothing for next year, I try to move items to less accessible areas in my closet like the top shelf. That way they aren’t taking up prime real estate for my fall-winter wardrobe on the clothing rod and in the dresser. [line]
Consider getting all the same type of hangers. I cannot stand wire hangers. There are a few sporadic plastic hangers in my closet, but I have slowly made the switch wooden hangers. The look of the wood hangers outweighed the fact that they take up more space on the rod. If you’re going to make the switch and don’t have a ton of space, there are felt huggable hangers on the market that are a great option and take up less space, leaving more space for more clothes! [line]
HANG BY COLOR
This is my favorite! I love to look into my closet and see a colorful rainbow of clothes hanging ready for me to start my day. I organize all my hanging tops by color. Not only is it fun to look at, but it helps me make quicker decisions and locate an article of clothing faster in the morning when I am trying to decide what to wear. This also gives you a really good visual of just how many black tops you own; maybe the one you just saw at The Limited isn’t really necessary…even if it is on sale. [line]
Fall and cool temps bring back scarves, belts, and handbags that may have been tucked away during the warm summer months. If you have the space in your closet, consider a belt hanger to organize these fun accessories. If not, perhaps a storage cube on an accessible shelf would work well for storing these items. [line]
CLOSET LOVE FOR THE KIDDOS
If you have kiddos, you know how fasts they grow! I am fortunate to have two girls that are a couple years apart, in that; I don’t have to buy an entirely new wardrobe for my youngest. When I am organizing my girls’ closet and dressers, I use the same principles that I use in my own closet and I apply the same tips I shared above. One of the only differences is the hanger style I use for their clothing. I chose to use a plastic hanger and will occasionally use the store hangers that skirts and 2-pc outfits come with.
If you have kiddos that share clothing like mine do, when purging your oldest’s clothes for the season, consider moving them to the top shelf of the closet for the next in line or put into storage until it will need to be used. I have two girls that not only share clothing, but also share a bedroom. So when my oldest outgrows something and my youngest is not quite ready for it, I don’t have the space to keep it in their room. So I opt to put them in plastic bins sorted by size in our basement. Although our basement is not scary, damp, or dirty, I use plastic bins (properly labeled of course) rather than cardboard boxes, because the clothing stays better protected. [line]
SORT BY SIZE FOR STORAGE
If you are packing away, take the time to sort them by size now, it will save you time in the future when you are either pulling them out for the next kiddo to wear or saving for rummage sale season. I have found that by sorting by the tag on the clothing is the easiest: NB-3 months; 3-6 months; 6-9 months & 9 months; 9-12 months & 12 months; and so forth. And as you may already know, the larger the size, the larger the clothing, means you will need a larger box or bin to store in.
Here’s another tip: If you are keeping for rummage sale season and are really ambitious, mark them now, before you put them in a box or plastic bin. It will make the task of actually having a rummage sale next spring/summer, much less daunting.
Don’t wait until spring to fall in love with your closet and wardrobe again. Take a few hours on one of our soon to be many, rainy, cold Saturday afternoons and clean out your closet and fall in love all over again with those warm, cozy sweaters (or in my case…sweatpants!) that have been packed away.
Samantha Gehl is an organizing junkie living in a chaotic house. After years of struggling with infertility, she and her husband are parents to 2 little princesses. She loves to take long weekends away with her husband and spend her time doing anything that involves family and friends. During her spare time she likes to go for long walks in her neighborhood with the kiddos or spend time on Pinterest finding projects and recipes she will likely never have time to try.