When I was in college, my friend CT would swap her winter wardrobe with her spring wardrobe every March or April. I thought this concept was odd because I could only afford one wardrobe and the notion of taking home my winter stuff to make room for my spring/summer stuff was mind boggling to me. I thought CT must be rich.
Now I realize that a lot people have two different closets, one for cold weather and another for the warmer seasons. And most of them are not rich. And while the two-wardrobe system works for most people, I've never really subscribed to it. I believe in having one wardrobe. Of course I don't wear my heavy sweaters in July, but I do keep those sweaters in my closet all year round. Working with one closet through all four seasons allows me to always be aware of what I have while challenging myself to find new ways to wear it.
If you participate in the spring closet switch each year, consider these tips to help streamline the process and your wardrobe:
• Eliminate – Since you’re storing your winter items and not planning on wearing them for a while, donate or discard any items that don’t fit properly or you haven’t worn in the last two years.
• Repair – Changing your closet is a great time to get that button fixed on your favorite shirt or replacing the zipper on that cute pair of pants.
• Reorganize – Take the time to neatly fold t-shirts and sweaters that will remain in your closet. Hang any items that may have accidentally found themselves on the floor.