We've long been envious of people that have the organisational skills in place to create a seasonal wardrobe and have always thought that it seems like such a complicated endeavour but not any more! We have come up with some super simple solutions that will see you embracing a seasonal wardrobe with ease.
From using clear storage boxes to folding your unseasonal items in a protective way, we think we have cracked the secret to enjoying a really sleek and structured wardrobe, so read on and see if you could go seasonal with us. Just remember to keep at least one jumper to hand in summer, this is the UK after all!
Before you get too excited and start getting carried away with your new organisational system you need to have a clear out. We know this is a hard thing to do for many of you and that clothes have a really sentimental element to them but every bit of space is precious.
This stunning wardrobe from Elfa wouldn't be quite as perfect if there were great swathes of unworn clothes just taking up all the room and spilling out everywhere so remember the golden rule; if you haven't worn it in the past six months, it's time to get rid!
This will be the real start of your seasonal wardrobe system so take your time with this step. We suggest you grab a cup of tea and try to enjoy the process. You might struggle to sort everything into just one season but you must try!
Summer will naturally encompass shorts and vests while spring will need some light cover ups, such as cardigans and thin jumpers. Winter will contain a lot of jumpers and opaque tights wheeras autumn will most likely see more trousers stockpiled. Create four piles and then get ready for the next phase!
To create a truly seasonal wardrobe in your bedroom you need to be able to allocate specific space to each season. You might do this by labelling shelves and drawers or you might have a coloured hanger system in place but, however you do it, you need to be sure it is simple to remember.
We actually think that a great way to operate a seasonal wardrobe is to only have the current season clothing to hand with everything else being clearly labelled and stored in airtight containers elsewhere, such as in the loft. This will free up so much cupboard space.
If you choose to use some storage boxes in your seasonal wardrobe make sure you label them clearly. We can't emphasise this enough as all it could take is an unsuccessful attempt to find a specific garment and your newly folded and organised system could be in disarray.
On your labels include the season and a list of every item in the box. This will help you to know exactly where everything is and, if you can, copy the list and stick it to the front of the box, too. That way you'll have everything you need to know at a glance without having to rummage!
Certain items in your seasonal wardrobe will be best suited to being stored in clear boxes so you can see them quickly. We think accessories, such as gloves, scarves and hats particularly fall into this category but many other items are great in clear boxes as well.
Imagine that you have a fantastic collection of designer shoes; you don't want to hide them away, do you? No! You want to see them every time you look in your wardrobe so why not keep special footwear and accessories in clear boxes and hide everything else away?
When you have your seasons sorted and your storage boxes labelled and ready to go, it's time to embrace the most laborious part of this endeavour; folding your clothes.
In order to keep clothes fresh, undamaged and safe we suggest that you roll pieces of clothing and stack them in storage boxes that are airtight, with a few freshness sachets or mothballs. Rolling clothes, as opposed to folding them, also allows you to get more into each box.
With clothing rolled, your labels are going to be even more vital so be sure that you don't add any extra items to certain boxes without updating your contents list or you will lose them until next year.
For more wardrobe inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Taking Your Wardrobe To Task. Not everyone loves a tidying task but we all love the results!