Don’t Be Left Out in the Cold: Organizing Winter Wear

Ok kids, its time to talk winter wear.

Lots of people struggle with organizing things like coats, jackets and sweaters because they can be so bulky, finicky, and generally uncooperative. But don’t fret, my little pet, I am here to debunk the issue of winter wardrobe for good.

First things first: sweaters should be folded rather than hung in order to avoid stretching, otherwise you’re bound to end up with a hanger crease that looks like a third nipple popping out of your shoulder.

When you’ve got your goods folded, stack them in piles no higher than 10 inches, making sure that all the bulkiest pieces are on the bottom of the piles (you wouldn’t put the heaviest cheerleader at the top of the pyramid, would you? No, you would not.) Make your warm effects easy to find by sorting your piles into categories; sweaters, cardigans, turtlenecks and so on should all be in their own stack.

But we’re not through yet, because piles of knits tend to tip. Cubbies are a great way to avoid the leaning Pizza effect. If all you have are shelves, then it might be wise to invest in some shelf dividers. These fit most shelves, and create a cubby-like effect to keep your stacks erect.

Where coats and jackets are concerned, keep them hung and keep them clean. That clean thing is especially important when it (mercifully) comes time to retire your coats for the season. Always dry clean your snowsuits before storing them. Moths and other insects prefer to pick on clothes that still have the lingering effects of wear like food, drink, sweat, and blood. However, make sure to get rid of the plastic bags and wire hangers from the dry cleaners. Besides being completely unappealing visually, plastic bags also trap moisture, causing mold and mildew to grow. Give your gear the royal treatment by opting instead for a garment bag.

Finally, shifting between seasonal wardrobes is an apt time to evaluate your closet. When retiring one season’s clothing, or ushering in a new one, ask yourself if you truly wear and adore each and every piece. If the answer isn’t a definitive yes, then, it’s a hardy “adios!”

*Post featured on Simple Surber

Image credits: Lucky Magazine, Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart

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