Tips for Switching Out Your Wardrobe for the Seasons

Posted on 10/04/2011

It’s time to pack away the pastels and pull out the pullovers. Summer dresses need to make way for coats, long sleeves and boots. Transition smoothly from one season to the next with these tips for switching out your wardrobe.

Packing Up Summer - Say so long to summer clothes by pulling out everything that belongs in your warm weather wardrobe. Transitional pieces can stay, but give everything else some time off. Make sure it’s clean and neatly folded. Short on storage? Use an empty suitcase to corral the clothes.

Keep Bugs Away - Moths can cause major damage to stored clothing. But the main ingredient of moth balls is toxic so instead use a natural (and affordable) alternative like cedar. A pack of 24 cedar balls sells for just $3.99 at

Label Boxes and Bins - Before you simply shove your summer clothes to the basement corner or hide them in the attic rafters, make sure they’re properly labeled. This will save you valuable time once the weather heats up again. Make this step more enjoyable with the help of fun free printable labels from

Fold Sweaters - Hangers can damage the fibers in sweaters. So instead of hanging them, keep them folded. Cardboard file boxes set on their side can be the perfect way to prevent a tower of sweaters from toppling over. Plus they won’t cost as much as official closet shelf dividers.

Be Prepared to Purge - Since you’re going to the trouble of swapping out your wardrobe for the seasons, it’s also a great time to get rid of items you haven’t worn in a while. It’s not a definite keeper, donate it instead and take advantage of the tax break.

Keep Clothes Categorized - Make sure all of your hard work organizing the closet isn’t undone by the end of the week. Print out free closet tags from Laminate them and use the tags to keep clothes grouped together. They will help transform your closet into a happy place.

By Alison Storm

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