The annual seasonal changeover of clothing is a chore that many people dread. Whether you have one child or five, this necessary household chore can be tiring and downright irritating. Depending on how many articles of clothing each member of your family owns and how much storage you have available in your home, you may need to complete this task several times per year. This article will offer some tips and suggestions on how to make this task easier and a little more organized for the next time this chore rolls around again.
Wait Until The Weather Changes…And Stays That Way.
Waiting until there is a succession of either cold or warm days until tackling the seasonal changeover of clothes will eliminate the extra work involved in dragging the packed away clothes out again. One year we had a severe fluctuation in the temperature during the transition of Summer to Fall. I was in such a hurry to pack away my daughters’ summer items that I completed the changeover much too early. For a few weeks I was going into my storage area to retrieve summer clothing for them when we had days that were unbelievably warm late into October. Trying to pack away the current season’s clothing too early will result in more work than is necessary. If you have the space and wish to get this chore out of the way early, leave a few items in the drawers or closets that can be worn if the weather is a little unpredictable in your area.
Pick A Day To Tackle The Changeover And Stick With It.
If this is a chore you absolutely hate and are prone to procrastination, schedule the changeover on your calender. Be sure to stick to the plan and get this task done and over with the date arrives. Tell yourself that there are no excuses, and get on with it. You will be quite relieved and feel very accomplished when the task is completed.
Assemble All Your Necessary Storage Items Before Starting The Job.
Whether you use storage containers, bags or boxes to store your seasonal clothing items, be sure you have them at the ready before emptying any dresser drawers or closets. Needing to stop in the middle of the task to retrieve more storage containers will make you lose your momentum and possible distract you from completing the job as scheduled.
Start And Finish One Room At A Time.
If you have to change over many family members’ seasonal clothing, do it in an orderly fashion. Start one room and finish that room before moving to the next. If an unexpected task or errand comes up that keeps you from finishing every family members’ wardrobe that day, at least you will have a certain number of rooms completed. It will be far easier to start the task up again the next day if you don’t have a bunch of unfinished areas looming in front of you.
Weed Out All The Clothes That Are Outdated Or Don’t Fit.
As you are packing away the seasonal clothing, take a quick inventory of what items are barely worn, too small, or have too much wash wear or fading to use again next year. Designate bags for garbage and donations and then clear your home of them as soon as possible.
Label The Storage Containers.
Be sure to label each clothing storage container with the person’s name, age or size and what season the clothing belongs to. You will have a far easier time locating and passing down the clothing next year when you need to do this task again.