Now that autumn is in full swing, it’s time to organize your closet for cold weather. Packing your warm-weather clothes away is something every guy should do. Not only will it maximize space in your closet but it’ll leave you feeling organized and prepared. Ready to do some cold-weather closet prep? Here is your guide to getting your wardrobe ready for the chilly months ahead.
1. Have the tools necessary
Before doing anything else, equip yourself with the things you need to actually have a functioning closet for your wardrobe. For both organizational purposes and to utilize as much space as possible, invest in some high-quality, matching hangers, as well as ones that double as space savers, which you can layer and hang several pairs of pants on. Opt for hangers that are sturdy plastic, metal, or wood, or select ones made of felt to prevent clothing from easily slipping off the hangers.
When it comes to utilizing closet space, it’s best to have access to your closet’s full dimensions — even the very top shelf. If it’s slightly out of reach, invest in a step stool or easy-to-store ladder, like these. Additionally, once you’ve cleaned out and organized your closet, you may decide that you want to invest in closet lighting to make it easier to find the clothing you’re looking for.
2. Take stock of what you have
It’s time to realistically assess what’s in your closet. Start by pulling out your clothing, piece by piece, and determining not only what season the clothing is, but whether it’s still relevant and fits. To make your life even easier, create four piles when you’re organizing: keep, store for next season, repair/alter, and donate.
You may find some hidden gems, but you’ll also begin to find items that have been haunting your closet for years. Once you take into account what you have and what you’re going to do with each piece, you can begin to breathe new life into your closet. Clear your schedule, be it for the day or the weekend, to make this happen. It’ll be worth it — no one wants a bunch of useless stuff taking up space.
3. Start with your sweaters
The most important item in your winter wardrobe should be sweaters. Dealing with your sweaters first is not only a great way to utilize your closet space, but properly storing your threads extends their shelf life. As a general rule, sweaters are better kept folded — especially the heavier ones — so that they don’t stretch out. Extra incentive to fold them: Hanging sweaters tends to take up a lot of room. Confine them to a dresser, or if you’re lucky enough to have a closet with lower shelves, find a place for them there.
4. Lump similar items together for easy access
Now you’re ready for the final step, which is putting your clothes back into your closet in an organized manner. The key is to make it as easy as possible to get to your clothes. Before cleaning it out, was your closet overwhelming? Did you have trouble finding things? Were your clothes hanging off the hanger? Were your ties and belts just thrown everywhere? Take notes and use them to make your closet as organized and easy to use as possible.
As you begin to hang (here are some additional tips on hanging your clothes properly) and place your seasonal items in the closet, remember this one rule: Lump similar items together. All seasonal jackets and coats should be hung next to each other (feel free to color coordinate for extra ease), pants and jeans should be organized as such, and shirts should be hung according to short and long sleeve. It’s best to keep your suits separate from your casual attire, and it helps to keep your belts, ties, and scarves hung in a manner that you can best see them.
No matter what organization scheme you decide to go with, make sure the final result is a closet where you can find everything with ease. Happy organizing!