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Change of Seasons, Change of Wardrobe
I feel blessed that our family lives in an area of the United States that experiences four different seasons throughout the year. Each season has special things to offer- warmer weather and beautiful buds emerging from the earth in the spring, sunny weather and days at the beach in summer, the beautiful colors and crisp air of fall, and snowfalls and snowmen in the winter. By the time one season is coming to an end, I am usually ready for the change.
Unfortunately a change of seasons, also means a change of wardrobe. This has never been a favorite chore of mine and since you are reading this post, I am assuming that you feel the same way! It is time consuming, it involves loads of laundry and a lot of trying clothes on yourself and your children. None the less, it has to be done in order to avoid closets cluttered with clothes for every type of weather. Over the past two years, I have come up with a system to help me stay sane. In this post I will share with you how to keep your sanity while changing over closets for a new season.
Breaking down tasks
First of all, this is a big job! Accepting that this process will most likely not be completed in one day, is the first step to keeping your sanity. Most moms, myself included, do not have a huge amount of time in any given day to dedicate to this entire process, so I break this job into three days with manageable ten minute tasks.
Take inventory – 10 minutes per closet
Before you unpack any clothes for the new season, take inventory of what you have for the current season. Make 3 piles of “Keep,” “Donate,” and “Toss.” Use these free clothing sorting labels for your piles, then begin to sort the clothes into these areas before packing anything away.
Children often cannot wear the same clothes the next year, so when you are working on their closets, you will probably end up with a big donation pile. If you have younger children of the same sex, born in the same season as an older sibling though, you may be able to keep a good amount for them. Also keep any clothing that is slightly big on your child this year to try on next year. Then toss anything that could not be donated like pants with holes and stained clothing.
Pack your “Keep” piles into bins – 10 minutes per closet
Once I have collected all the items I want to keep, I pull out a few layering items from this pile, because the temperature change is usually not drastic right away. I keep a few extra t-shirts or sweaters/sweatshirts stored in the closet for a few weeks, depending on the season. Then I neatly fold the rest of the clothes and pack them in storage bins. If you are short on bin space, rolling your clothes will give you more space.
I do not rewash clothes before packing them up. If clothes are in the drawers or closet, I am assuming they are clean. Plus, you will want to clean them when you take them out for the season next year, so no need to wash them to sit in a bin. Lastly, clearly label them with what season and size (for children) clothing is in the box.
Unpack and wash – 10 minutes per closet to sort, a lot of time to wash and dry
First unpack and sort all the clothes for the new season by their wash cycle – delicates, permanent press, normal, etc. Then get to washing and drying everything. While I am waiting on laundry cycles to finish, I work on tidying up the closet space.
Give closets a quick clean – 10 minutes per closet
While the closets are fairly empty, give the shelves, hanging bars, and walls a quick wipe down with Clorox Wipes, a Magic Eraser or any other cleaning supplies you like. This is the best opportunity to vacuum, clean out clutter and clean the closet until the next season.
Take inventory of the current season’s clothing
Now that everything is clean, here comes the “fun” part. You need to try on everything to see what still fits, if it matches your current style, etc. Then after you do this for you, you have to convince your children to hold still long enough to try clothing on them. If you have young wiggly kids, you might have to spread this task out over several days. During this process, sort the new season’s clothes in to 3 piles with the same clothing sorting labels.
Restock closets with the new season’s wardrobe
Once you get to this stage, it is all downhill from here. Put the new season’s clothes on hangers and shelves and go reward yourself with your favorite coffee, treat or large glass of wine. After all that, you deserve it!
Closet Changeover Checklist
Each year, clothes become worn, styles change and children grow. How do you keep track of what everyone in your family has and needs for the season?
I found myself overwhelmed by trying to figure out who needed what every time I changed over the closets. I would go out and buy pieces of clothing at the beginning of a season, only to find out that myself or my child already had something similiar when I finally got around to switching over our wardrobes. Time and money were being lost, so I created a great reference sheet to track what each of us has and needs. Every season, I now use one for each family member. I take inventory of everything on this printable and this way I know exactly what I need to shop for when I go out. No more wasted time or money!