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Last year when we moved into our current home, I decided to organize my clothing closet by season. This is my version of a simple capsule wardrobe. As a busy mom, I needed an organizational method for my clothing that would allow me to just grab an outfit and go. When my boys were younger, I didn’t have a lot of time to spend deciding what to wear. I often got dressed quickly while they were entertained by my husband before he headed to work. Now that my kids are older, I still feel rushed in the morning when trying to get dressed. I throw something on two minutes before we head out the door to school. Having a closet that is organized by season has saved me a lot of time in deciding which outfit to wear. Now I know exactly which section of my closet to turn to when choosing my clothes for the day. No more digging through long sleeved shirts when it is 90 degrees outside! Or passing by tank tops when looking for a sweater. I have tried to organize my closet using other methods such as color-coding or by style, but I have found that a seasonal closet works best for me!
There aren’t a lot of fancy steps to creating a seasonal closet. This is a project you can accomplish rather quickly because there aren’t any complicated organizational methods.
Just a few simple steps to follow!
Start with an Empty Closet
Taking everything out and assessing what you already own is the best way to start organizing. As I remove the clothes, I lay them all in different categorized piles on the bed. Tank tops here, tees there. This will help you save time when you begin to return pieces to your closet.
Select Your Seasons
Since I live in South Florida, we only have one real season and that’s summer. It is almost always warm here, so most of my clothing has short sleeves. But that doesn’t mean it’s not seasonal. So when organizing my closet I decided on two main groups of clothing which were Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. If you live in an area in which you experience 4 different temperatures, then I suggest you separate your clothing into more groups.
In general I don’t really own a large amount of clothing. I prefer to keep my wardrobe parred down to the classics, so it isn’t full of trendy pieces. But if you happen to own a lot of clothes (that you plan on keeping), then it is probably best to create a wardrobe group for each season. Too many choices in a section may not really save you much time when getting dressed each day.
Decide on a Specific Space for Each Season
The size of my closet allowed me to use one hanging bar for each of my two groups of clothing. The top bar is for my Fall/Winter Items and the bottom for my Spring/Summer Clothes. If you have a large closet, then choose which sections you will hang or store each season of clothes. Since my closet is large enough, I keep all of my clothes in their organized space all year long. If you have a small closet, then you may choose to box up and store your out of season clothing. If storing clothes in a box, label them by season so you can easily swap out your closet when necessary. I love these canvas boxes because they have a small window in the front allowing me to verify what I have stored inside.
Hopefully, you categorized most of your clothes as you emptied your closet. Now take a closer look at your piles and organize in more detail. For example, the group of t-shirts can be further divided among colors. Think seasonal colors while organizing. Pastels/Florals for Spring, Brights for Summer, Warm Tones for Fall, and Darks for Winter.
Return Items to the Closet
Begin returning clothing to your closet by season. Start with one and finish that group completely before moving on. A one tracked mind will save you time while organizing. I like to hang items in my closet next to similar items, so my Spring/Summer shelf begins with color coded tanks, then moves to color coded tees, then polos, blouses, and button ups. But feel free to hang clothes in which ever fashion you will find the easiest to get dressed in the morning. Remember, the whole point of creating a seasonal closet was to help organize clothing in a method that will save you some time while making choices.
Store Boxed Items
Keep out of season boxed clothing stored up high in your closet or under your bed. Make sure these used items are out of site, so you won’t be tempted to wear them out of turn. And just think, come Fall when you open up your stored box it will feel like you just went shopping. The clothing inside will feel new, since you have not been wearing it for the past few months. Even if you have a large closet, and didn’t have to store any clothes, make sure you don’t mix & match seasons. Try not to be tempted to grab a shirt from a different shelf, it may never find its way back to its original spot.
One tip I use, to prevent mixing up my clothes, is to purchase multiple classic items that can be worn during any season. For example, I have a one white tee for each group in my closet. I also keep Navy tops in each season because it is my favorite color to wear. Now I don’t have to search through stored clothing looking for a particular item.
Finally, I only organize my tops by season. My dresses, pants and shorts are all stored in a different section of my closet. But if you don’t have room for multiple sections, then definitely organize your bottoms and dresses in the proper season as well.
I have really enjoyed my seasonal closet, and it has helped me make quick outfit decisions each day. I am no longer distracted by clothing that I won’t wear, because it isn’t the appropriate time of year. This organizational method has helped make my life as a mom a little bit easier. How do you organize your current clothing closet?
If you need more help, then check out my post on How to Organize Any Space Like a Mom on a Mission!