Is your wardrobe summer ready?

Summer is here – well almost! I just love seeing the blue skies and walking on a crisp sunny day. You can usually find at least one person within a family or group of friends with a wardrobe stacked full of clothes, so much so they cannot see the wood for the trees.  If you …

Summer is here – well almost! I just love seeing the blue skies and walking on a crisp sunny day.

You can usually find at least one person within a family or group of friends with a wardrobe stacked full of clothes, so much so they cannot see the wood for the trees.  If you cannot think of anyone, it is probably you!

As a way of alleviating space in my wardrobe, I rotate my clothes every six months or so. As winter approaches, I pack my summer clothes and shoes in the loft. I do the same with my winter clothes as summer approaches. This allows my clothes to breathe and for me to identify exactly what I own and where the gaps in my wardrobe are.

I also use the opportunity to discard of any items I no longer like, those which look worn or do not fit as well as they previously did. Now is not the time to become sentimental. If you have not worn an item in six months, it is unlikely you will again unless it is an outfit for a special occasion.

Choose a morning or afternoon to go through your wardrobe. Play some music in the background to keep you motivated. Sort clothes into three piles;

1. Keep – must have clothes that are in good condition and fit well

2. May keep – clothes that fit well but you do not wear often

3. Throw – clothes which do not fit well, look tatty, you have not worn in over six months

I suggest buying plastic vacuum storage bags which eliminate air, resulting in clothes taking up half the room than usual. Place bags in your loft or perhaps your garage or other storage place.

One word of advice; do not pack seasonal clothes away until you are 100% sure the climate has changed. I have been caught out on several occasions. One year there were a few (fluke) sunny days so I hastily packed away my winter boots. As the temperature dropped I sheepishly asked my husband to retrieve my boots from the loft!

Do you have a process for sorting your summer and winter clothes?

 

By

Phoenicia Oyeniyi

 

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