Switching a Seasonal Wardrobe: Summer to Winter

clothing on a rackTry to deny it all you want, but summer is officially over. Cue the sad trombone. It’s time to exchange the flip flops and shorts for boots and flannel. Unless your closet could be featured on “MTV Cribs” (Who remembers that show?), rotating your seasonal wardrobe is a must.

Look. We can’t all live like the rich and famous … or infamous. Most of us have minimal closet space, which means that we need to change out our seasonal wardrobe to make the most of what little space we have. Here are some tips and tricks to make the process easy and efficient.

Empty Closets and Drawers

It’s best to start with a clean slate when you’re switching a seasonal wardrobe. This is also a fantastic time to start a donation pile. Or, if you buy name-brand clothing, you may want to set aside items that you could sell to a local resale store or put on a website like Etsy, Depop, thredUP,

Consider a Capsule Wardrobe

Many people have switched to capsule wardrobes—a wardrobe usually comprised of 40 capsule wardrobeor fewer versatile garments and shoes. This minimalist approach to a seasonal wardrobe will help you declutter your closet and make getting ready in the morning a breeze. For information on how to build a capsule wardrobe, check out Unfancy for some great inspiration.

Keep Only What You’ll Wear Regularly

Time to get ruthless and channel your inner Stacy London. As you select clothes for your seasonal wardrobe to hang or put in drawers, keep out only the items that you will wear regularly (think: multiple times a month). Everything else can be stored out of the way, which will save closet space.

Winter = Layers

Don’t pack up all of your tank tops and summer dresses. There are some summer clothes that can transition easily into winter with a little layering magic. Tank tops are great insulation under sweaters and button-down tops. Summer dresses can be combined with tights or leggings, boots and cardigans during winter months.

Clothing Storage Must-Haves

storageWhen storing your summer clothes, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking steps to prevent damage to your belongings. Store your clothes in containers made for clothing, like plastic bins or under-the-bed organizers. Another thing to consider is where you’re going to be storing your clothes. If you’re changing out seasonal wardrobe items for your entire family, getting a small storage room might be something you want to look into.