With the weather slowly changing from cool to warm, I have been busy rotating everyone’s clothes. I’ve been doing it with the kids clothes for years, but only recently started doing it with my own.
This is what my closet looked like last fall.
I had clothes for all seasons crammed into my little closet. I had thought about under the bed storage to get some things out, but our bed sits low and I had never found boxes that would work.
Yes, a suitcase. Not just any suitcase, but the big, striped monster. The big, striped broken monster that we’ve brought back to the States many times with no intention of it ever returning. And yet, in what has become a bad family joke, my husband’s parents seem to always find a way to send that monster back with visitors. No more! I’ve found a use for it!
In the fall I took out my summer clothes and put them into the suitcase. I also put in any winter clothes that didn’t fit properly or that I hadn’t worn the previous winter. If I went another winter without wanting those things, then I knew it was safe to get rid of them. Last week I took that suitcase out, and realized that while I thought it was just a storage solution, it was really so much more!
- I was able to return to each item I had put in the suitcase and make a decision: Did I still want that item or not? By physically touching each item to return it to the closet I had to think about each one. It was so much more effective than just moving piles around my closet as the seasons changed.
- I don’t need nearly as much as I had. I’m sort of a “Plain Jane” kinda girl. My mom used to call me “Plain Jane” as a kid because I always wanted a fairly simple wardrobe. I was holding onto things that I might wear once a year just to say I was wearing it, but honestly, it’s the new, fresh t-shirts that I choose to wear throughout the summer, and well, just so you know how “Plain Jane” I really am, it’s the new, fresh long-sleeved t-shirts that I choose to wear through the cooler months. I allowed myself to purge the faded, dingy, and “bally” shirts because I knew that I would want to freshen them up with low-cost replacements anyway.
Do you rotate your clothes with the seasons? Have you got any tips to share how you do that? We’d love to hear from you!