The trees are changing, the weather is turning. But the surest sign of a season change is kids yelling “Mom! Where’s my jacket/pants/favorite shirt/etc.?”
Storing clothes away for the opposite season is very helpful for simplifying bedrooms. But it also gives rise to one of the more annoying homemaking jobs; changing out seasonal clothes. Here are some tips to make it easier.
Find a large open space.
Look for a staging ground to use for changing out seasonal clothes for a couple of days.
Our boys’ bedroom is rather large and the attic opens off of it. It’s the perfect place to use for big boxes of clothing.
The process of switching from one set of clothes to a different set will take a couple of days, so I don’t want to take over the dining room table. We’re looking for a low inconvenience factor.
Every family works differently. What does organization look like to you?
If you have a pile of kids, you might find that storing clothes by size works well. You’ll need one large plastic tub per size that you have to store.
Or you might want to keep everyone’s jeans in one tub, and all of the sweaters in another tub. (In my area we’ll need jeans now, but not sweaters until closer to Christmas.)
Or sometimes you’re in a busy season of life. You’re just happy to have all of the warm weather/cool weather clothes out of the way in garbage bags.
Sort out the clothes you’re pulling from storage.
What do you need to wash up right now? The first fall clothes we usually need are pants and jackets. I also like to get out some sweatshirts and long sleeved shirts so we are prepared for colder days. In the sprintime, we need t-shirts well before we need our shorts washed up.
I make a pile of clothes we’ll need only on the coldest winter days (or hottest summer days) and store them again for later.
Before you throw everything in a basket to begin washing, see that you aren’t wasting time and resources. Make sure the clothes are wearable!
Does everything still look good, or has a mystery stain appeared over time? Maybe child number 1 liked those pants, but you already know there is no way child number 2 will wear them. Create your wash/donate/toss piles now before you’ve put any more work into the clothes.
Even if you find that everything is in great shape and the next child will like it, take a look at how many size 8 pants you have (for example). Even a messy kid probably doesn’t need 10 pairs of jeans. Simplify as much as your family can handle, then bless another family with what you don’t need.
Consider the laundromat.
If you have to sort out seven people’s worth of clothes, you might consider taking everything to the laundromat to get it done quickly.
It’s an extra expense that you’ll need to budget for, so keep that in mind. If you’re trying to save money, you’ll probably skip this step. But if time is in short supply, it may be worth the cost.
As you are putting away warmer clothes, consider the same thing. Will these clothes be worn again? Are they stained or torn? Don’t store anything unless it has earned a spot in your home.
These tips will simplify your home.
It can be super tempting to just toss around clothes and get this job done as quickly as possible. But if you take the time to go through these steps, you’ll save a lot of time later. Not only will you have less to find storage for, but you’ll also have less to wash and keep off of your floor!
If you hate laundry, you’ll want to read my Awesome Laundry Hacks for People Who Hate Laundry.
What tips did I miss for changing out seasonal clothes?