The Summer had been great. Glorious weather, picnics, ice-creams and lazy mornings. But for me, it had also been quite a testing and trying time. All sense of routine and structure had completely gone out the window. It felt like everything had been thrown up into the air, got muddled together and I was stood underneath it all trying to catch it as it fell. In other words – chaos.
Now the weather has changed and school is back, I can feel a sense of calm and control being regained. A huge part of this was getting my wardrobe cleared and ready for the new season. Sounds frivolous but having a clutter-free space for my clothes and having them clearly organised inspires confident dressing and increases self-esteem.
My video demonstrates how to organise your wardrobe into sections and by colour, so this is hints and tips on how to syphon out unnecessary pieces and create new space for new items.
Start with holiday wear.
Strip out bikinis and swim wear. Pair bikinis up and store them in re-sealable sandwich bags. This keeps them together in pairs and stops them getting tangled. It’s also really easy to pack them when you go away. Do this with swimming costumes too.
With pool cover-ups, summer dresses, shorts and floaty tops fold, store away and label in a box. Do the same with wedges, sandals and flip-flops.
Clear all trace of summer.
Be ruthless and realistic. I have made the mistake all too often of thinking I might wear something, for it just sit in my wardrobe for the whole season taking up precious space. Clear as much as possible. It may feel a little empty but with inevitable shopping, it will soon fill up!
If you have time, it’s a great opportunity to get the hoover and marigolds out and give the space a good clean.
Hangers are so important for making it easier to choose outfits. Aesthetically it is easier to choose your clothes when everything is at the same height. Choosing the right hangers will also prevent damaging your clothes.
I love wooden hangers but if you’re short on space, go for rubber coated hangers that are kinder on more delicate fabrics and use up less space in your wardrobe.
To hang or to fold?
As I rule I tend to hang as much as I can but will always fold chunky knit jumpers, jeans and everyday vest tops.
Have you had your Summer clear out yet?
(Featured image source: Pinterest, The Coveteur)