Happy Tuesday, and welcome to the week after the long holiday weekend! We hope you had a great time, whatever it was you did. Did you get out of town? Take in the fireworks? Sleep in on a Monday? (always a great feeling!) Hit up a patio or two? Let us know in the comments! We’re always on the lookout for great places and ideas to feature here on the blog.
The Victoria Day weekend is always a good time to take stock, isn’t it? It’s technically our first long weekend of summer, but often the weather isn’t exactly summer-like, as was the case this weekend. And that’s not such a bad thing, because when you have three days to have weekend fun, it’s ok if one of those days is a little on the cool and dark side because that is the optimal time to get yourself situated for the season to come.
And what do we mean by that? Well, spring cleaning is a thing of course, but we’re not talking washing floors and windows and clearing out gutters and gardens – although those things do serve their purpose and they are important, of course. But we are actually talking wardrobe maintenance here. Out with the old and in with the new…seasonal clothes, that is!
A lot of us pack seasonal clothes away at the end of the season. Sometimes this is to save space – closet and drawer space is finite, unfortunately – and sometimes it’s just because we like to shake things up a bit! And, let’s face it, wool sweaters, turtlenecks, and heavy tights just don’t fly in summer in southern Ontario. Waaaay too hot and humid for those, so it’s time to say farewell until the snow flies.
If you’ve been delaying the arrival of your spring/summer wardrobe because it hasn’t felt exactly spring-y OR summer-y lately, but you’re starting to feel the urge to get things moving in that direction, then this is the guide for you. Let us walk you through our steps to putting away the winter gear and finally embracing the lighter, airier parts of your wardrobe for summer!
Step 1: Taking Stock
This is the first and arguably the most important step in the process. You can’t know what you don’t know, so we suggest pulling out the clothes you put away at the end of summer last year and organize them as best you can. We like to create a few piles and call them something like “Definitely keep,” “Maybe keep,” “Definitely give away,” and “Maybe give away.” Your labels may vary, but what you’re looking to do is to organize the outfits that you know you love and want to wear again and again, and the ones that you’re currently feeling a bit “meh” about. These “meh” ones are the outfits that maybe were purchased on impulse, the ones that perhaps don’t fit quite right, but they have such potential, right? We like the rule of two: if you’ve had it for two consecutive seasons, and you haven’t worn it once – basically it just hangs in your closet looking pretty – then it’s time to move it to the “Give away” pile. Harsh, but fair.
Then there are the clothes that looked amazing when you put them away at the end of last summer, but now when you pull them out of their hiding place you realize how a) faded or dated they are or b) that you didn’t really wear them that much last season, so you know what to do. Yup: give away.
And, may we suggest that when you’ve created your give away pile that you immediately put those clothes in a bag and take that bag straight to your car if you have one or at least to the front hall/front door, so that you can take it sooner rather than later to your preferred clothing drop-off or donation place. The longer the bag sticks around your home, the more likely you are to dip into it, so out of sight out of mind is our pro tip!
Step 2: Deciding what you need
The most fun part of this entire task is determining what you might need for the season! If you follow the rule of “one out one in” then you’re good to replace what you’ve given away. It’s a refreshing way to look at shopping and ensuring you’re only getting what you actually need. Now, if you’re a person who needs six bathing suits, well, who are we to judge? But keeping in mind the “one out one in” rule can help you maintain a wardrobe that is functional and efficient.
Step 3: Redoing your closet
Once you’ve got all your summer stuff sorted, you’re going to need to put away last season’s clothes, and this is a good time to take stock of that too. If you’ve ever got to the end of a season and said something like “If I ever have to wear those boots again it will be too soon!” then it might be time to say goodbye to them. This also works for things that no longer fit properly or things that have just straight up worn right out. And, if you can take stock before you put things away, you can add some of your winter wear to the “give away” bag before you head to the donation spot. The only tricky thing is remembering what you gave away when you go to pull out your fall/winter stuff next season. Keeping a list on your closet door or to tuck into the containers you use for storage might be a good idea!
Step 4: Refresh!
Before you wear the spring and summer clothes you’re pulling out, it’s a good idea to refresh them. Even if you have the loveliest cedar-lined chest for your gear (and lucky you if you do!) things might be a little wrinkled, a little stale, so if you’re fortunate enough to have a clothesline, make use of that! Nothing like a little fresh spring air to bring your garments back to life! If a line isn’t an option, tossing your clothes in the dryer on low or a refresh setting and adding a dryer sheet works too.
Step 5: Enjoy, and congratulate yourself on a job well done!
Self-explanatory! It can be a daunting task, and one that we tend to put off, but if you can organize your closets and drawers for the season, you’ll have lots of time left over for the things you love to do.
Have tips for the wardrobe changeover? What do you do to make things easier on yourself? Let us know in the comments!
And, as always, if you have questions or want more information, please get in touch!
Thanks for reading, everyone! We hope your short week actually feels like a short week, and we’ll chat with you again on Friday. Cheers!