This weekend, I switched out my wardrobe (kind of) for fall. I’m basically at the point where I’m not going to wear sleeveless shirts that can’t be layered (think sleeveless shirts with ruffles) or shorts. It’s not cold here, but the mornings are getting chilly. I’m so cold-natured, the thought of wearing shorts right now gives me goose bumps. So, I thought it might be helpful to share how to organize your clothes for fall.
DECLUTTERING THE CURRENT SEASON
Before I put any clothes in storage boxes, I declutter the current season of anything I didn’t wear/don’t like/doesn’t fit, etc. I use Cladwell to keep track of my outfits. You can read more about Cladwell and how I use it here.
To make the whole process faster, I sort my clothes into two piles – keep and don’t keep. I decide later what to sell vs. donate, and I fold everything neatly as I go. That way, I can easily sort through the pile when I’m completely done and box the items into the right box — sell or donate.
This step has become easier over the years, because I’m more in tune with what I like vs. what I don’t like. If I didn’t wear it all during the current season, it has to go. If I look at it and don’t love it, it has to go. If it doesn’t fit well, it has to go. I have never regretted getting rid of something, because I aim to only keep what I truly use and love.
Once I’m done decluttering, anything that’s staying for the next season gets hung back up (if I even took it off the rack) and everything being store for next year gets neatly folded.
DECLUTTERING THE NEXT SEASON
I keep all my clothing storage boxes in my closet up on the shelf. It’s really made a huge different in how fast I can switch out my closet.
The next step is to get all the boxes down and declutter that season’s clothes. It sounds like a lot of decluttering, but if I was undecided on any items last year this is the reckoning time. When I pull each item out of the storage box, I decide if I’m excited to wear it for the upcoming season. If I’m not, it gets added to the ‘don’t keep’ pile.
Everything I’m excited to wear gets put on hangers or folded and put on the shelf. Now, there’s room in the storage boxes!
PACK AWAY THE CURRENT SEASON
Since I’ve cleared the way for the current season clothes, they all get packed away into my storage boxes. Then, I put them back on the shelf until next year!
ORGANIZE THE NEXT SEASON
This is the exciting part — organizing the next season’s clothes! I love this part, because I arrange everything by style and color. It makes me feel so inspired for the next season. It may not stay that organized for the next few months, but it sure is fun.
SORT THE LEFTOVERS
Remember that ‘don’t keep’ pile? This is when I sort through. I divide the pile into two categories — sell and donate. I sell all my clothes through thredUP and have done so for years. It’s so easy and while I don’t always get the best price (in my opinion), my main goal is to get clutter out of my house. The donate pile goes to our local Goodwill.
And that’s it! That’s my entire process for switching out my closet. I hope this helps organize your clothes for fall. This process has been working for me a few years, and I do it twice a year.