Closet Case: How to Transition Your Closet for Spring

Deb Lee of D. Allison Lee Professional Organizers
Deb Lee of D. Allison Lee Professional Organizers

It’s no secret that this winter has been brutal — but it’s finally time to ditch the heavy coats and piled-on layers for lighter-weight garments in vibrant hues.  But before you take your warm-weather wardrobe out of storage, there are a couple things you should do to prep your closet space for the spring transition.

Deb Lee, a certified professional organizer with the National Association of Professional Organizers and owner of D. Allison Lee Professional Organizers, shares six quick tips to help fashionistas easily swap out their winter threads for warm-weather fashion:

InterDesign Axis Scarf Holder, $12.12,
InterDesign Axis Scarf Holder, $12.12,

1. Organize first. Before putting spring clothing in your closet, be sure that it’s ready to receive the items you want to store. Create zones for certain items — such as sandals and dresses — and make sure that you’ve got enough hangers for all of your items. Before putting adding your spring and summer clothing, you should also make sure that they still fit and flatter you.

2. Decide what needs to be hung or folded. Some clothing should be hung, like spring dresses, but you may want to fold your light sweaters since they may get out of shape from hangers.

3. Keep your sets together. If you have certain items that you tend to wear together (even if they weren’t purchased at the same time), keep them together in the same location so that they’re easy to find. You may also want to keep your favorites in the front of your closet for easy access.

4.  Keep your accessories in sight. Your summer scarves and other accessories (like belts) should be visible so that you remember to use them — and not buy duplicates!. Consider hanging hooks on the inside of your closet door for these items or use a scarf or belt hanger.

5.  Hold on to a few jackets. Spring weather can sometimes include cooler days, so keep a few sweaters and light jackets on hand. They’re great for layering with camisoles and tank tops.

6. Color coordinate. It will help to color coordinate your clothing so that you can be more efficient in finding what you’re looking for. You’ll also see which colors you tend to buy most often and where you should fill-in the gaps on the color spectrum.

READ MORE: Get more closet organization tips and advice by checking out our Closet Case archive.

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