The temperatures are dropping, leaves are falling and seasons are changing, yet one thing remains the same – you always feel like you don’t have anything to wear. Whether your closet is filled with items that don’t fit you properly or trendy pieces you bought without much thought, decluttering and organizing your wardrobe can help you upgrade it for the upcoming season and take your fashion game to the next level.
Here is how you can prepare your closet for autumn, and build a more mindful and streamlined wardrobe:
Separate the Seasonal Clothing
Even if you have enough space in your closet for all of your clothing, it would still be a good idea to divide your wardrobe into summer and winter clothes, so you don’t have a closet full of items you won’t be able to wear for months. Pack up all of your overly summery clothes, such as short skirts and shorts, crop tops and other thin items that can’t be used as layering pieces during colder months, and store them somewhere out of the way. By doing this, you’ll finally be able to have a neater and more organised wardrobe where every item you own can be clearly seen and easily reached, so you don’t have to dig through your entire closet to find that one item you need.
Try Building a Capsule Wardrobe
If your closet is often cluttered and filled with items that don’t fit and that you don’t even like or wear anymore, it might be a good idea to build a seasonal capsule wardrobe. This way, you will have a closet made up of only functional and versatile pieces you love to wear, not to mention how much easier it will be to get dressed in the morning. So, clear out your closet, get rid of anything old, worn out, ill-fitting or simply unappealing, and then indentify the items your wardrobe truly needs for the upcoming seasons. You don’t necessarily have to limit yourself to a certain number of items – simply downsizing and adopting a more minimalistic approach to your wardrobe can help you feel more organized and confident in your personal style.
Invest in High-Quality Staples
Whether it’s a capsule or not, no wardrobe can be functional and versatile enough without the right staple pieces. That is why it might be a good idea to invest in high-quality items you know you’ll be wearing continuously throughout autumn and even while transitioning into winter. Look for classic and timeless pieces in neutral colours, such as trench coats, denim or biker jackets and thin and chunky knits, as these items transcend time and trends, letting you create stylish and cosy outfits for several seasons to come. Don’t be afraid to add some beautiful dresses into the mix as well, as even flowy summery styles can be great for fall as a layering piece under jumpers and coats, or paired with some killer ankle boots.
Organize by Category and Colour
If you want your wardrobe to look tidy and well-organized, and save some time in the morning when you need to get dressed in a hurry, arrange your items by category, and then by colour. Invest in matching hangers, so you’re not distracted by a messy closet, and use dividers or baskets to keep your drawers and shelves organized. It’s also important to store your clothes properly, in order to keep them in pristine condition. T-shirts and trousers can either be folded, rolled or hung, knitwear should always be folded and flat to keep their shape, while shirts, skirts and dresses should be kept on hangers, to avoid unwanted creases and wrinkles.
Don’t Forget About Your Footwear
Seeing every item you own clearly isn’t only important when it comes to your clothes. If you have enough room in your closet, it would be a good idea to put all of your shoes on display. That way, you’ll know exactly what you own, and you can give each pair the wear it deserves throughout the season. If you’re restricted to boxes, however, a great alternative would be to take pictures of your shoes and tape them to the outside of the box. By doing this, you’ll be able to know what’s inside every box without rummaging through all of them, and you will achieve a similar effect.
As you change, rearrange and organize your closet for autumn, it’s important not to strive for perfection. The sooner you realize that things can never be ideal, the sooner you will be able to find peace and happiness, both in your wardrobe and your life.