24 Jul 2014
Utilize prime storage space for what you’re wearing this summer instead of for outgrown or out-of-season clothing. Your closet is prime real estate! We understand that everyone may not have tons of space to keep their full wardrobe in their closet, so rest-assured our tips will help you be as efficient as possible while making the most out of your closet.
First Things First
Evaluate the wardrobe you currently have in your closet. Those winter clothes and shoes that are jammed in the back corners taking up valuable space have got to go! Make sure to go through each item to ensure they are in excellent shape. Look for holes, stains, broken zippers and buttons before you pack them up. Once you’ve decided which pieces are worth saving, place them neatly in plastic bins and store them in a climate-controlled area. (A guestroom closet or empty hallway closet is a fine choice). Think about using space saving bags before putting them into a bin as this will protect your clothing and give you a lot more space while storing.
Organizing your summer clothes by classification or grouping clothing by like items (all pants together, all shirts together and so on) is the only way to see all the different outfit options you have. You can organize not only by classification, but also by color so you can see where you have too much or not enough of a particular color or pattern.
Donate, Consign, or Have an End-of-Summer clothing swap
Once you actually can see all the fun summer tops and bottoms you have… go through them! If you haven’t worn that little yellow polka-dotted bikini, those red slingback sandals or the dri-fit golf shirt in at least the past 2 years… get rid of them, freeing up space for items you do want! Take them to your nearest clothing donation drop-off, local consignment shop, or arrange an end-of-summer clothing swap party with friends and let someone else have the chance to wear your fabulous taste in summer picks.
Put the finishing touch on your neatly organized closet with a sachet or tuck in a Bounce dryer sheet around your clothes. It will leave your clothes smelling fresh and clean. Plus, you won’t run the risk of staining your clothes with harsh air spray chemicals.
Organizing Accessories, Purses and Shoes
Now that you’ve gone through and evaluated what you want to keep, it’s time to tackle your summer accessories. Figuring out a solution for all of your jewelry and accessories can be frustrating. The goal is to have all of your items available to you all the time, but that isn’t always a possibility. Once you exhaust all of the possible ways to achieve this, a great next step is to safely store your darker colored jewelry that you normally wear in winter. Then move those bright summer-color pieces towards the front of your jewelry box.
Next up: organizing purses and shoes. Bring your beach bags, fashion totes, adorable handbags and sandals out from hiding and put them on display. Do you already have a place to store your purses or just don’t have the space? Consider hanging colorful purses on hooks behind your closet door or display them in neat cubbies for easy access like this gem from The Container Store.
As for shoes, get them off the floor so they stop collecting dust. Organize your shoes by color and style with raised shoe organizers or shoe cubbies. Flip flops don’t need to take up shelf/cubbie space. Instead, place in a basket or labeled bin. Here’s to having a fashionable and organized summer!
Looking for a way to pack all those summer clothes if you’re traveling this summer? Watch my recent appearance on The Talk on Packing Lightly for Summer Travel.