I was recently working with a client changing out and storing summer clothing for winter wear. It got me thinking about the pros and cons of this bi-annual to quarterly process and how it might be simplified.
Let’s look at the benefits of swapping out seasonal clothing:
- It’s an opportunity to take inventory and determine what fits, what’s worn, what needs replacing, what you can do without.
- Some people find this an enjoyable process, particularly when you find hidden treasures that you have missed and discover that they still fit.
- Storing clothes for next year, particularly if you have kids of varying ages, can help keep the costs down of buying new.
Now the downside of changing seasonal clothing:
- Let’s face it – the process can be a real ordeal. You’ve got to find a good chunk of time to complete the project.
- It can be extremely stressful to find the time AND the energy to tackle this process every single year. Is it worth it?
- Hanging on to every item of clothing and footwear can increase the cost of storage whether you need to rent off-site storage or build more closets or cabinets to hold everything.
So, how can this annual process be simpler and result in spending less time, effort and money on clothing? Perhaps with a capsule wardrobe.
The idea behind capsule wardrobes is to reduce your current clothing to a small collection of useful items that you love and can easily wear from one season into the next or change with each season by adding or taking away a jacket for example. Maybe you’ve already started a closet declutter. Keep going! For motivation, check out The Big Downsize video on dealing with letting go of your professional wardrobe once you are retired.