Let’s think of the closet as a flexible area during these months. It ebbs and flows with the changes like buying new items or letting go of pieces. Keeping this closet organized is critical during these transition months.
First, let’s start with decluttering and pulling out the items you no longer need for these months.
Start storing away or purging those items definitely not being used to make room for winter things.
As we get closer to winter, the weather gets more unpredictable. There could be some days you really want to wear your favorite cozy sweater. Making space by pulling the items you absolutely do not need right now will give you that space. Reassessing your clothing and moving things around will reveal what doesn’t need to be there. Below is a list of items you may store away now.
Thin Tank Tops
Very light-colored shirts and pants
Summer suits and dresses
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Jewelry specifically for clothing you wear in the summer.
Activity clothing that you may not use in the fall like bike shorts and summer shoes
Where to Store Out-of-Season Clothing to Save Room in the Closet?
Now that you pulled out the clothing you do not need, you can place them in another area of the home. Below are some ideas on where to store these out-of-season clothing.
Under the bed - these storage bins can be in a variety of different styles and shapes. Some have a zipper top; others are just an open bin.
In a dresser or chest of drawers - If you have a dresser in your bedroom or another bedroom, you can fold the items and place them in drawers for later use.
Another closet - Some people have extra closet space in another bedroom. They can transfer those out-of-season clothing to the other closet.
A Basement or Attic - Others do not have room in the bedrooms at all so they resort to a basement or attic. When storing in these areas, be sure to pick bins that are termite and rodent resistant.
An ottoman or bench - These items have a place to hide clothing and shoes away in them. They can be placed in a living room, family room, or bedroom.
Below are storage bins I found on Amazon that you can use in these areas to help keep them organized.
Now that you have cleared out these items from your closet, let’s focus on what clothing you can organize and other items you may need more right now.
Sort shirts by length of sleeve for easy access.
We all have short sleeves, quarter length, long sleeves, and heavy sweaters displayed in various areas of our closets. Gathering these different types of shirts together will make it easy for you to know what colors you have and what is available for the bottoms you pick. By organizing your shirts by length of sleeves, it will help us decide what to wear, after listening to the weather forecast of course.
Sort clothing bottoms in order by thickness.
Let’s organize pants. Sorting the colors from lightest to darkest helps to make our closet more user-friendly. Some winter pants may be thicker than the summer ones, so keeping them separated will help you find them quickly. Some clothing types during this time of year could be:
Cargo or Knee-length Shorts
Purge unwanted socks to make room for heavier ones.
Socks are the next clothing to organize. If you are like me, warm socks are fantastic to have in my closet. They keep my toes warm during those days of frigid weather. So, to make room for those items, I like to get rid of socks that are starting to get worn out. Holes on the heels or toes are red flags that those items need to go. Also, go through socks that do not fit well. Some socks could have shrunk or stained from dark clothing during the washing. Removing these items will make room for your heavier socks.
Tights and stockings can be sorted as well. We tend to pull them out during this time of year. So, keeping the ones that are less thick in front of the thicker ones is great to pull easily.
Quick Easy Outfits for Busy Mornings
Group outfits together for a few different weather conditions during these months.
To get ready quickly, make a few outfits and gather them in one place. Include a shirt, sweater, and pants, a necklace, and wrap a ribbon around the top of the hangers, so you know that it is an outfit. This will give you an easy go-to outfit for those running late mornings when you are still getting comfortable with your new family schedule and weather change.
Try to organize your clothing for the fall and let me know how it works out for you. As the month progresses, you can start transitioning heavier items like sweaters, into your collection of clothes. Doing a little bit each month will freshen your wardrobe without spending a dime.
If you are looking for tips on what should be folded and what should be hung, check out our Should You Fold or Hang Clothing for tips.
Visit our other posts below for more tips to organize clothing.
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The Fall weather does make it challenging. I wear a jacket in the morning with short-sleeved underneath, because it soon gets too hot for the jacket. I do like to keep tank tops in the rotation because I like to layer in the winter months and they keep me warm.
All of your advice is exactly the kind of stuff I recommend to my clients, especially sorting shirts by sleeve length. (Me, personally, though? I wear the same things all year, merely adding socks and a cardigan, and maybe a denim jacket.) I particularly love the suggestion for a good storage ottoman or bench; they work so well for so many things!
Your posts are always so practical and applicable. Fall is a very tricky time for managing a wardrobe since it can get quite cool in the evening and early morning but be in the 80's by mid-afternoon. It can be frustrating, so having some sensible tips for transitioning from summer to winter is really helpful.
I love the tip about making some ready-to-go outfits that depend on the weather. This is a great thing to do if you have to wake up super early and don't want to make clothing decisions in the wee hours.
Super tips! I'm no minimalist but in Colorado, I love having few enough clothes that I can store them all in my closet year round. We've been known to go from high seventies to snow in one day...and back again to summer the next day. Having access to all my clothes all the time is invaluable with that kind of crazy weather.
Stacey Agin Murray
I've always found it challenging to switch out my Summer clothes for Fall mostly because I hate to see the summer go! Your tips for transitioning our clothes between seasons is spot on. My favorite piece of advice is to hang or fold tops by sleeve length. I do that and it makes it infinitely easier to find what I need whether it's 85 degrees or 35 degrees outside.
My daughter got one of those storage benches to go at the foot of her bed in her apartment. It actually holds a lot, and it isn't hard to access in case you get surprised by a warm day in the fall or a cold one in the spring. It's a great suggestion!
The weather has been so strange this fall. It's much warmer than usual. So while I made my spring/summer to fall/winter switch several weeks ago, there are many items that I'm not wearing yet. And there are still some 'summer' items I AM wearing. So as per your advice, not everything has made the complete change yet. My clothes are mostly in the correct place but in transition. Other years, I recall making the entire switch at once. This year, I'm using Mother Nature as my organizing guide. 🙂
I love all the bins you shared. What is it about organizers and our love of organizing products? My heart gets happy simply looking at this stuff.