Rotating Your Wardrobe

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As winter ends and spring begins, many people can be found cleaning out their homes and one important area of this spring cleaning is the closet. Rotating your wardrobe is a great way to keep your clothing organized and to keep your closet from being overstuffed with clothes and shoes. With the official start of spring just a few days away, it’s time to start taking winter clothes out of your closet, storing them and replacing them with your spring favorites. Check out our tips below to learn how to efficiently rotate your wardrobe for spring.

Schedule Time
Rotating your closet isn’t something that you can accomplish in a single hour, it’s a serious time investment. Pick a time where you have several hours free from any distractions or interruptions and take care of rotating your wardrobe at this time. If you aren’t able to complete it all in a single go, schedule an hour or two each day for several consecutive days until you are done.

Find a Workplace
Once you have found the time to rotate your wardrobe, it’s time to designate a workspace. Look for a flat surface that is free of any clutter. You will be sorting clothes, folding and organizing, so you want to choose a work area that has enough room and that is not too far from your closet. A freshly made bed or the top of a dresser are both areas that could be an ideal workspace. Keep a line to your closet clear as well so that you have easy access to it when you’re moving clothes in and out of it.

Choose Your Storage Area
If you don’t already have a designated area for storing your clothes, now is the time to find a spot. Choose a location that is out of your daily line of sight, but that is easily accessible in case you need to grab something quickly. If you do already have an area that you use for storing clothes, be sure that everything is neat and organized before you add your winter clothes to the area. Do any organizing or cleaning necessary before putting winter clothes away and pulling out your spring clothes.

Get Storage Containers
A proper clothing container is one that will keep your items free from dust, dirt, bugs and fuzz while they are in storage. Additionally, you want to be sure that your container is able to keep moisture away from your clothes to keep them clean and fresh. Airtight zipper garment bags are a perfect storage method, but if you don’t have space for hanging these bags, large containers work as well. If you’re desperate to get your clothing organized but don’t have any storage containers on hand, sturdy garbage bags will work, but try to move the items within the bags to proper containers as soon as you are able.

Start Rotating
With all of the prep work out of the way, it’s time to actually tackle your wardrobe. Start with one drawer or one side of your closet so that you know where you are in the process. Separate items into piles: donation clothes, clothes that need to be washed, clothing that needs repair and items of clothing that are ready for storage as is. If you already have a storage system for rotating your wardrobe, simply empty your spring containers and place the winter clothes into them as you go. Continue this process until you have sorted through all of your clothing. Next, wash and repair any items of clothing that you intend to store and then place them in your containers. Place your containers in the designated storage, and before taking your clothing to a donation site, give it a quick wash and be sure that you aren’t giving anything away that is too worn out or damaged.

Even though rotating your wardrobe may seem like a daunting and overwhelming task, it can make a huge difference in your closet. Once you’ve gotten your storage system in place, rotating your wardrobe as the seasons change becomes quicker and easier. Rotating your wardrobe is not only a great way to stay organized, but it’s also excellent for maximizing the amount of space you have in your closet and cutting down on clutter, which can make getting dressed more difficult. Begin your spring cleaning with your closet by rotating your clothes.

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