Spring Cleaning – Switching out Winter and Summer Clothing

under bed storage

Is it really FINALLY Spring?  76 on Saturday!  It is amazing how rejuvenated we can feel with warmer weather and sunshine.  It always makes we want to start changing out winter clothes for summer clothes which is always a bit of a chore.

If you don’t have the luxury of enough closets for all your clothes like me, you have the summer clothing stored right now.  I get everything out and on the beds.  I start a pile of clothes that the kids have outgrown or are just too pilly and scary to wear.  It is not just the kids, my stuff included. Yes, I do have to try on some clothes to make sure they are ok or not, but I have discovered that if I stay on task I can get this project done in a couple of hours. I figure about a half hour to an hour per person, and if anyone else is helping it will go so much faster!

Start a donation pile.  Don’t forget all the drawers and your winter coat closet.  Take out all the summer clothes from one container and sort.  Once you have one empty-fill it with winter items including sweaters and the warm clothing.  One container at a time.  Otherwise there is a chance you will get overwhelmed and if you are interrupted and must take care of something else at least EVERYTHING is not EVERYWHERE.

Think about washing or dry cleaning outer winter garments before you store them.  This includes coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Coming back to these in the fall all ready to go is a great feeling and not stressful.

After experimenting I have found the under bed clear topped storage bins with handles are the absolute best.  I can see what is in there, and it is easy to slide out. If you cannot use under the bed storage-clear totes are tremendous as are shelves that go onto of your closet shelves. This picture shows it with potting supplies-however they can go allt he way to the ceiling in a closet and these interlock.  The space used is ALL the space. Great product. I have only found them in The Container Store. Try not to think of it as a chore. Think of it as creating space.

stackable shelves