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Seasonal Wardrobe Rotation: How Does It Work?

Even if you don’t consider yourself a dedicated fashion addict, there’s a good chance your “everyday” clothing and go-to garments change regularly throughout the year. After all, each season doesn’t just introduce new style trends, it also affects the type of clothing you’ll need to stay comfortable.

While you can always consider keeping every sweater, shirt, and pair of shorts in your wardrobe at all times, that’s rarely the best option for most homeowners. Bulky clothing for the Autumn and Winter seasons in particular can take up a lot of space, and make it harder to find those light and airy items you want most during sunnier days.

Fortunately, there’s an alternative option: seasonal wardrobe rotation. Rotating your wardrobe with the seasons is a great way to make sure you make the most of all your garments, use space effectively, and even extend the lifespan of your clothes.

The Benefits of Seasonal Wardrobe Rotation

Seasonal wardrobe rotation is the art of changing the clothes in your wardrobe to match the needs of the season. It’s essentially the process of “cycling” through your closet as the weather changes, adding garments you couldn’t use before, and removing anything you no longer need.

So, why does this make sense? First, as mentioned above, unless you have a ton of closet space, you’re going to struggle to fit all the clothes you need for every season in one wardrobe. Seasonal wardrobe ration ensures you can always easily access the seasonally appropriate clothing you need, without having to navigate a ton of inappropriate garments.

Seasonal wardrobe rotation also helps to:

  • Reduce decision fatigue by giving you fewer (more appropriate) items to choose from.
  • Spring clean your wardrobe, and regularly get rid of any garments you no longer want.
  • Store off-season clothes properly, so they’re less likely to get damaged.
  • Access extra breathing room in your wardrobe (for storing other things).

Plus, every time you change your closet with the seasons, it feels as though you’re investing in an entirely new wardrobe (without the added cost).

How to Rotate Your Wardrobe with the Seasons

So, how do you invest in the right seasonal wardrobe rotation strategy? The good news is it’s relatively simple. However, you shouldn’t just be throwing your clothes into a cardboard box every few months. To ensure you’re making the most out of your garments:

1.     Prepare Before Storage

Preparation is key for a good storage strategy. Before you start rifling through your wardrobe, take a moment to sit down and write a few lists. Highlight which items you’re going to be able to keep in your wardrobe all year (such as basic t-shirts, socks, and underwear), and which items you’re going to change, (such as sweaters, coats, and thicker clothing).

Remember to think about your shoes too, while some will be ideal for all-year use, depending on where you live, others will simply take up space during certain months. Once you have your list, make a pile of the clothing you keep in your wardrobe, and begin sorting through the rest.

2.     Organise Your Clothing Carefully

After you’ve identified all the clothing you want to keep in your wardrobe for the season, pull everything else out of your closet, and sort everything into categories. For instance, if you’re planning a wardrobe for the summer, you might organize all of your other clothing by:

  • Seasonal relevance: Divide your clothing into groups for the Spring, Winter, and Autumn as well. Depending on your style and available garments, you might end up with just two piles, one for spring and summer, and another for autumn and winter.
  • Keep or discard: While you’re sorting through your wardrobe, you have a good opportunity to identify whether any of the items you’re putting in storage would be better off either thrown away, or donated to a charitable cause. Don’t store things you won’t wear again.

3.     Put Your Garments into Containers

Next, place your garments in containers with labels. You might have one box for each of the distinct four seasons, or just two boxes, for each half of the year. Using labels will ensure you can find the right clothing whenever you come back to rotate your wardrobe again later in the year.

Think carefully about the containers you use. You might want to use clothing bags to store products with zips and other components that could snag delicate materials. Or you may consider using vacuum packing for particularly bulky clothing.

Make sure you wash all your clothing (and clean your shoes) before you put them away, as this will ensure they’re ready to use when you retrieve them. Plus, it will reduce the risk of stains and damage developing over time.

4.     Decide Where to Store your Clothing

Once you have all of your boxes and bags sorted, the next step is figuring out where to put them. If you have room in-house, such as in your attic or a spare bedroom, you could consider keeping your boxes at home. However, a large wardrobe can take up a lot of space.

Often, the best way to reduce clutter in your home, and make sure you can still easily access your clothes whenever you want them, is to consider using a storage service. The right service will keep your belongings safe for you, for as long as you need, often for an affordable price.

Plus, you get the wonderful feeling of seeing your clutter-free bedroom, attic, or spare room when you come back from the storage facility.

Ready to Start Rotating Your Wardrobe?

Seasonal wardrobe rotation can be an excellent way to make the most out of your clothes, and your space. It’s not just a fantastic strategy for ensuring you always have easy access to seasonally appropriate clothing. It can also give you more control back over your closet, and your home.

Contact Blue Box Storage today, to get a quote for a simple storage container, perfect for holding your clothes, shoes, and more in-between seasons.

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