Closet Switching – To Do or Not To Do

Declutter your mind, by organizing your home

Here in the Midwest: Chicago, to be exact, we can have extreme weather conditions over the course of the year. We have subzero temperatures in Winter, which require all of our heavy gear like boots, hats, gloves, scarves, and much more. Seasons come quick, and a well-organized closet can keep the all-season wear from busting that closet door down.

We then transition into Spring, or so we hope when anything weather-wise is possible. We could have a snowstorm, torrential rainfall, or a sneak peek into a beautiful Summer Day. Summer can be blistering hot or a rainy washout…we never really know. All this being said is why I feel like “closet switching” is not a good idea. I understand that due to space restrictions, some people need to pack away the “seasonal clothes.” My suggestion would be to pack away only the extreme seasonal clothes if possible. With erratic weather conditions, we sometimes can have three seasons just in one day.  If you pack away too many seasonal clothes and the weather conditions turn, we will tend to buy an item or two that we already have packed away with our seasonal items.

Some suggestions I have made to my clients…If you are lucky enough to have a closet in an extra room, you could assign one closet as Fall and Winter and the other room with a closet to Spring and Summer. If you need an item from one closet or another, it would be right in the other room. Under the bed storage bins are also another one of my favorite items. These handy bins are clear with wheels on the bottom, so you can easily pull them out and look at what is inside. They make the best use of your space and can be used to pack things away seasonally but still keep them close at hand. If you have no other choice than to pack up your closet seasonally, you can use this time to purge and give items attention that might need special cleaning or repairs. Remember to keep a donation bin close at hand for items that no longer fit you or your current style. Once a week, I put on an item I haven’t worn in a really long time. I ask myself: Do I feel great in this outfit? Is it flattering? Does it have any stains, or is it in need of repair? If you don’t love it, let it go! You need to look and feel fabulous! And remember, we only need one or two “painting outfits,” not a whole wardrobe.

Here’s a quick guide to speed the process along and keep things tip top tidy!

  • Bins are a lifesaver and can fit anyone’s budget.
  • Take the time and go through your all-weather wear. Does it fit? Is it stained? Maybe it’s time to retire it altogether.
  • Shoe racks I have two in my front closet. This allows me to keep my shoes in front and organized, so I am not digging on my hands and knees.
  • Baskets: Yes, who doesn’t love a nice rattan basket! I have three on a shelf that home my gloves, scarves, and hats, all separate and easily accessible.

Now what to do with the pile on the floor? DONATE IT! I love to pass my gently used items on to someone else, afterall someone might find this to be a treasure.

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Holly Lake
Professional Organizer , Holly On The Spot
Holly Lake founder of Holly on the Spot specializes in assisting clients with organizing their homes and offices in a very large or small way. Closets, pantry’s and basements are only part of her specialty. When planning for a move Holly and her team can assist with packing or unpacking and helping clients make the most of their space in their new or existing home. She will even assist in selling items that no longer work for you or your current space or lifestyle. Holly on the Spot allows their clients to stay focused on careers and families, while keeping them organized and assisting with daily tasks. She helps her clients stay organized which helps reduce stress in life. Personal errand services are also available. Holly takes pride in building a personal and professional relationship with her clients. The nature of the work is often very personal, so Holly’s professional and focused approach is important to her discerning clientele. She has become a trusted friend to many of her clients. She takes great pride in offering a personalized service. Holly Lake founder of Holly on the Spot is passionate about helping others. She spent the first 22 years of her career at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. She is also a licensed cosmetologist, specializing in fashion consulting, hair and nails. Holly helps her clients remove clutter and organize their life. Holly and her team are truly a full-service company, no job is too big or small.
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