Summer Clothes to Fall Clothes

I live in an area with different seasons. That means I need clothes that will work for a variety of temperatures.  Since I don’t have unlimited closet space, my closet gets pretty stuffed if I keep all my clothes in there. Therefore, it’s a lot easier to find what I want wear when out of season clothes are stored elsewhere.

Earlier this summer I started a clothes closet experiment and wrote about in a blog post. I took all of the fall/winter tops off of one rack and left only the summer ones.  I put them in spare closet. Then I marked my calendar to start going through those tops in September.

Well, it’s on my calendar today! It’s good timing because this weekend will have temperatures cooler than the high 80’s or 90’s for the first time in months. It will be easier to go through fall/winter clothes when it actually feels a little like fall. So I’ve put it on my weekend list.

One surprising thing I found about this experiment is how easy it’s been for me to recognize which summer tops I no longer wear.  I believe this is because with fewer clothes in the closet and only the ones that are suitable for that particular season it’s been easier to see what I wore and what I didn’t.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.  A good goal would be to wear 80% of our clothes 80% of the time.  Only 20% will be left for those special occasions.

So now is a good time to start going through the fall clothes and packing away the summer ones.  If it’s possible, try to pack away all out of season clothes. Under-the-bed storage boxes work well for this. Think about the 20/80 rule above when deciding what to keep or not keep.


To a lighter load along the way.