Fall is a beautiful time of year. The leaves are slowly changing colour and pumpkin spice is in the air! Now that summer is leaving us, it’s time to swap out your summer wardrobe for those cozy, cold-weather clothes! Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks for organizing and storing your summer clothing as well as making room for all your bulkier cooler weather apparel.

 

Keep it clean

Before swapping out your summer and winter clothing, it’s a good idea to sort through your outfits and donate some lesser worn items to charity. If you didn’t wear it this summer, chances are you won’t wear it next summer either. Once you have pared down your closet, it is also a good idea to run heavily used items through the wash before storing them away. You should wash items such as shorts, skirts, summer sweaters or jackets- anything that isn’t normally washed after each individual wear. This will keep them smelling fresh and ready for next summer! 

  Also, as you unpack your winter wear, go through it and get rid of anything that no longer appeals to you or is in rough shape. Only keeping the clothing that you want to wear makes it easy to get dressed in the morning! No more feeling guilty about not wearing something that may be perfectly good but isn’t your style.
 

Seal the Deal

Vacuum seal bags are a lifesaver when it comes to storing clothing. They are perfect for shrinking down bulky winter sweaters in addition to all of your summer clothing. Your summer clothes will take up less space than cold weather attire, so if you have already been using vacuum seal bags, go ahead and keep using them! Swap out your winter wear with your summer dresses, tops, swimsuits and so on!  While Calgary is known for having unpredictable weather, it’s safe to say you probably won’t need all of your summer clothing from this point on. 

If you don’t have vacuum seal bags, large plastic containers work great too! They will prevent anything from getting to your clothing, keeping it safe from dust and other such unwanted things! You can store these boxes anywhere that is convenient, whether that is a closet, separate storage area, or even the balcony!

 

Make a Space

Every wardrobe contains items that are used year-round, such as t-shirts, jeans and so on. If possible, have a separate area in your closet for these items. Or perhaps make use of a dresser for these items, reserving your closet for seasonal attire. Try to prevent having a cluttered closet, as chances are, if you can’t see it, you won’t wear it. 

If your closet has wire shelves, definitely take advantage of items such as fabric or wicker boxes! Not only do these add an adorable touch of style to your closet, but they are also great for filling with items such as winter gloves, hats, and scarves- keeping them easy to grab as you get dressed and ready for the day. 

For bulkier items such as sweaters, try folding them and stacking them neatly so that you can see the pattern on each sweater. For bulkier knits, you may only want to stack them two or three sweaters tall; whereas tighter knits can be stacked much taller. Hanging sweaters should be avoided as much as possible, as this can cause shoulder bumps and ruin thinner knits. A quick Google search will offer many amazing techniques for folding sweaters of all thicknesses! 

 

Voila!

Swapping out clothing on a seasonal basis is a great way to shop your own wardrobe! Items feel fresh and new when you have not seen them in 3 or 4 months. While packing away your summer clothing may bring a tear to the eye- how can summer be over already- just imagine how excited you’ll be when you get to wear them again next year! Or, book that trip to Mexico that you’ve been dreaming of and wear those clothes even sooner.