Transition Your Closet for Cooler Weather

Fall has finally showed up in the North East. The days are getting cooler the nights are frigid and it’s raining almost daily. Among other things this is the time of year to switch out the closet.

This is an amazing opportunity to analyze your wardrobe, keeping the pieces that make you look and feel great and deciding what to do with the rest.

Try these simple steps to transition your closet:

1. Take everything out – Don’t skip anything. As you empty the closet for the season ask yourself these questions of each piece – Did you wear it this year? Is it still in good condition, i.e. no pilling, armpit stains, holes etc, is it something you’d like to keep for next year?

2. Decide what to do with each piece – Here are the options:

• Keep – if it passes the criteria above, make sure it’s clean, and store it until next season TIP: Make sure you store your clothing in an airtight and waterproof container. As a bonus add a few cedar chips to ward off moths and keep them smelling good

• Donate – if it’s still in wearable condition, but you won’t wear it, donate it to someone who will

• Consign – consignment is a good option for brand name clothing that are still in “like new” quality. Why not make a few bucks on something you don’t wear anyway. Look for local spots in your area. TIP: Remember consignment stores won’t be accepting spring clothes in the fall. Pack them up in a bag or suitcase and take them in around February/March when they are accepting these items again.

• Toss – if it’s no longer wearable then toss it.

3. Analyze what goes in for this season – A year can be a long time for some closets. Do a quick analysis of every piece going in for the season. Ask yourself – Will I wear this? Does it still fit me? You can use this as an opportunity to create different outfits. Take pictures of the outfits with your smart phone for quick reference during the season

4. Don’t forget socks and undergarments – This is a good time to take stock of your everyday essentials. Do you need to toss the gym socks and replace them? Do you need warmer socks for the winter? Anything with holes and stains can go!

Happy Organizing!