As the temperature begins to drop, you may find yourself reaching for sweaters and boots rather than mini-skirts and thongs. If you don’t have unlimited closet space (and who does?), this means that it’s time to transition your wardrobe from summer to winter.

Take the Chance to Declutter

Since you’ll be removing and examining your clothes anyway, this seasonal wardrobe transition is an excellent opportunity to declutter your wardrobe. Carefully examine each garment for stains, tears, rips, missing buttons or other signs of wear. If it’s a favourite piece and it can be repaired, set it aside for a trip to the tailor. Otherwise, garments that are damaged can be discarded.

After you remove garments that are damaged, the next step is to remove clothes that don’t fit you properly. If your size has changed, go ahead and let go of the old items and take it to an op shop. Let that garment go to someone who will love it and wear it regularly. If the size is fine, but you frequently find yourself passing it up because it doesn’t make you look fabulous, it should go to someone new, too.

Finally, take the opportunity to get rid of anything that you just don’t like. As Marie Kondo says, “Keep only those things that speak to your heart.” If you have something in your wardrobe that doesn’t spark joy within you, give it away gratefully to someone who will find joy in it.

Transition to a New Season

Once you’ve whittled your wardrobe down to the items you love, you’ll want to make the transition to a new season. Some of your summer garments can be used throughout winter. For example, jeans, pyjamas and workout clothes may be the same regardless of the season. Depending on how cold it gets, you may want to discard short-sleeved shirts for long-sleeved shirts or replace your thin blouses with warmer sweaters.

As you pull your winter wardrobe out of storage, take another opportunity to examine it for wear and tear. Sometimes, a garment may be stored improperly, and this can cause damage when it’s opened and aired for wear.

If you have a walk-in closet or a custom wardrobe, you may have the advantage of being able to store your out-of-season clothes in a convenient and accessible place. Even if your out-of-season clothes are simply in the back of the closet, it’s a good idea to move them to the front so you can find what you’re looking for easily.

As you select clothes for winter, make sure to keep a few transitional season garments in an easily accessible place. Weather can be unpredictable, especially during the change between seasons and a few unexpected warmer days can sometimes require summer outfits that you may not expect. Ideally, you’ll want to replace the bulk of your wardrobe with cool weather garments.

Store Out-of-Season Clothes Properly

If you’re going to store your out-of-season clothes in the back of your walk-in closet or custom wardrobe, you’ll still want to make sure they stay in good condition. Use padded hangers to prevent damage to the shoulders of the garment. Also, you may want to consider using a garment bag to prevent dust from settling on the garment while it’s in storage.

Knitted garments should not be stored on hangers, as they tend to stretch out of shape. These garments should be carefully folded and stored in a drawer, box or garment bag. Cardboard storage boxes may be useful, but they are susceptible to mould and water damage and may attract mice or insects.

Folded garments can be damaged along the creases, especially if they’ll be stored for long periods. Acid-free tissue paper can be used to cushion the folds and prevent creases, which can help to preserve the fabric during storage. Socks or towels can also cushion folds to prevent creasing.

It’s important that any clothes placed in storage are in good condition. Any spots that are left to sit can stain, and dirt on your clothes can damage the fabric during storage. For this reason, it’s a good idea to make sure your clothes are thoroughly washed and dried before storing them. Moisture on your clothes can also create mould and mildew over time, so drying your clothes completely is essential.

Some people may use mothballs to help prevent insect damage, but mothballs that come into contact with fabric can create stains. Others may use a dryer sheet to help keep the fabric smelling fresh. A dryer sheet inside a closed box can help keep the clothes fresh, but a lavender sachet may be more effective (and it helps to repel insects).

Place some dried lavender inside a cotton pouch, then place this inside your box, drawer or garment bag. This can help prevent musty odours and keeps bugs away from your clothes.

Ideally, you’ll want to make sure to check your clothes about a week after you place them in storage. Make sure everything is still dry, that no creases are forming and that your clothes look and smell perfect.

Conclusion

Transitioning your wardrobe from summer to winter can help you locate your clothes quickly and easily, but it can be a daunting task when you have many garments to replace and store. Inadequate closet storage can make this task even more difficult. A custom wardrobe or walk-in closet may help you find the space to adequately store your clothing in a way that makes it easy to find and access.

Marie Kondo says, “The objects you decide to keep, the ones that gave you the spark of joy? Treasure them from now on.” Having adequate closet space allows you to store and display your wardrobe in a way that brings you joy and makes getting ready in the morning a breeze.

As you transition your wardrobe from summer to winter, take the time to display your clothes beautifully in a way that makes them easy to find and select. Your clothes can only bring you joy if you can find what you’re looking for!