The weather is changing, fall is coming, or already here in some places.
It’s the time of year when our closets start to overflow into our rooms as we search for “just one” item of fall weather clothing, or the odd scarf or coat for those chilly mornings. I remember this from last year as a tortuous many-month process, where my dresser was constantly half-full of summer things, “just in case” there’s another warm day (but really, because I hadn’t gotten around to putting them away yet!).
This year, I propose something different.
Make a Date with your Closet
Choose an hour your can devote to getting out those off-season clothes, and put it on your calendar!
If you don’t have an hour, you can do 10 minutes a day, for 5 days in a row. Schedule it, and make it fun! Put on some fun music, call a friend and chat on speaker phone while you work, or better yet, trade afternoons with a friend to be there in person for encouragement and keeping you on track.
Ask your kids, or your neighbor’s kids, to ask you how your closet date went. (Knowing that someone will ask will go a long way toward encouraging your to keep this date!)
If you need an incentive, plan a small shopping trip, only for after you have all the summer things put away. Do whatever it takes to get your closet in gear for a new season, and rejoice at all the time you will save later in the year, when you aren’t hunting through boxes for one more winter item.
My closet date is this Saturday afternoon. When is yours?
Tips for storing clothes:
– Use clear, plastic containers that stack
– Label them with masking tape and a marker
– Add in a dryer sheet when storing clothes, to keep them smelling fresh
– If, when you are putting away summer things, you come across an item you know you didn’t wear all summer; get rid of it. No reason to waste space storing something you won’t wear.