Last week, just ahead of the official start of summer, I was putting my laundry away and realized I was feeling itchy looking at some of the pieces in my wardrobe.
Here in Massachusetts, it's pretty cold for most of the year. Because of this, I have some pieces in my wardrobe that transition over three months of the year - fall, winter, and spring.
By the time summer gets here, not only are these pieces wayyy too hot, I'm also pretty sick of them.
I've experienced SO many benefits from adopting a small wardrobe in the last five years - I can get ready for my day with ease, live my value of quality over quantity, and reduce my impact on the environment. At the same time, it's essential to change things up so you don't burn out.
After wearing these pieces over fall and winter, I am verging on burnout by spring - and yet they are still great pieces that come in handy while I wait for the weather to heat up. I don’t want to get rid of them, I just want them out of my line of sight so I can forget about how cold I am the rest of the year.
When the summer finally arrives, I take the opportunity to store them away for a few months. That way, when the chilly weather comes back in September and I am putting together my fall wardrobe, I can feel grateful for these clothes all over again. By giving these pieces a break, I will actually feel excited to wear them again when the time comes.
I decided to film this 15-minute summer organizing project for Episode 2 of my new Youtube series, Organize with Me!
Disclaimer: I am still getting used to using my camera this way. I am learning as I go, and you'll see aspects of the production value that are pretty silly. Still, the show must go on!
If you're looking for some inspiration for curating a summer capsule wardrobe, this is the episode for you.
Here are a few more tips and tricks I like to use for organizing my wardrobe.
♡ Choose wooden hangers. If space isn't an issue, you might consider using wooden hangers for organizing your closet. Not only does this create a more luxurious look and feel, it's also better for the longevity of your clothes. Wooden hangers provide far more support for your garments than thin wire hangers. If space is an issue, rounded plastic hangers are a much better option than wire hangers.
♡ Sort by color. This isn't a hard-and-fast organizing rule. It's more of a technique I like to use in organizing my closet that just plain makes me happy. I personally prefer this technique over sorting my garments by type, because I enjoy the color patterns that emerge. Sorting garments by type is a fine way to organize your closet if you tend to forget what options you have for each category. In my case, my wardrobe is intimate enough that this isn't an issue.
♡ Make time for wardrobe maintenance. Before I store pieces away for the season, I make sure that they are clean and ready to wear for the next time I'll need them. For example, after filming this video, I used leather lotion (I use Kiwi Leather Lotion) to clean and condition my leather shoes and handbags before putting them away. I didn't have anything for the cobbler this time, but if I did, I would have put that errand on my to-do list.
I'd love to hear from you! Have you ever tried editing a summer capsule wardrobe? What did you like about it, or dislike about it? Any favorite tips you'd like to share? Sound off in the comments below!
With Love & Gratitude,
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