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Summertime Organizing: Seasonal Clothing Swap

May 17, 2014

Summertime organizing with A Bowl Full of Lemons

 
 

Welcome back to A Bowl Full of Lemons “Summertime Organizing” series.  If you’ve missed any posts in the series, you can visit them HERE.  This week, I’ve already shared how to “Organize Summertime Snacks” & Morgan shared how to “Organize your summer travel“.  Today I will be showing you how I organized my daughters seasonal clothing & you will also get a FREE PRINTABLE so you can organize your family clothing too!  Lets get organized!

 
 

HOW TO ORGANIZE:  Seasonal Clothing Swap via A Bowl Full of Lemons

 
 

Seasonal clothing swaps should happen twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall (if you live in seasonal climates).  Swapping out the clothes allows for extra closet and drawer space. It alleviates cramped spaces & clutter.  It’s also a great way to inventory what you have and what you need.

 

1. Empty Closets & Drawers

The first thing you need to do is take everything out of the closets & drawers. Place all of the items on the bed.

 
 

HOW TO ORGANIZE:  Seasonal Clothing Swap via A Bowl Full of Lemons

 
 

2. Sort

Next sort through each piece of clothing, one at a time. Create a (folded) pile for each type of clothing you are going to store away.

 

Ask yourself: 

  • Does it fit?
  • Will you wear it again?
  • Will you keep it, give it away or sell it?

Organize into the following piles.

  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Outerwear (if necessary)
  • Dress clothes
  • Pajamas
  • Swimwear (if necessary)
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HOW TO ORGANIZE:  Seasonal Clothing Swap via A Bowl Full of Lemons

 
 

I purchased all of my bins at Target.

 
 

HOW TO ORGANIZE:  Seasonal Clothing Swap via A Bowl Full of Lemons

 
 

3.  Donation Box

Place all of the clothing you are not going to keep, into a donation box.

 
 

HOW TO ORGANIZE:  Seasonal Clothing Swap via A Bowl Full of Lemons

 
 

4.  Too Big?

If you are like me, you keep “hand me downs” from older siblings. If this is the case, designate a “bigger sizes” box to store clothes that don’t yet fit.

 
 

HOW TO ORGANIZE:  Seasonal Clothing Swap via A Bowl Full of Lemons

 
 

5.  Seasonal Bins

Label seasonal bins to store out of season clothing & place them in the closet or attic.  Label each box…

  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Outerwear (if out of season)
  • Dress Clothes
  • Pajamas
  • Swim Wear (if out of season)

 
 

HOW TO ORGANIZE: Seasonal Clothing Swap via A Bowl Full of Lemons

 
 
HOW TO ORGANIZE:  Seasonal Clothing Swap via A Bowl Full of Lemons
 
 

6.  Inventory seasonal clothing with my FREE PRINTABLE.

Go through your “in season” clothing, hanging each piece into sections in the closet or fold them into categories inside of drawers.  Once everything is hung or placed into drawers, count how many items you have of each type of clothing (see list below).  Write everything down on the inventory checklist.  Take this list with you the next time you go shopping for clothes.  Click HERE to download the checklist for free.

 
 

Seasonal clothing swap FREE printable via A Bowl Full of Lemons

 

HAPPY ORGANIZING & HAVE A FUN FILLED SUMMER!  I’ll see you back in a few days for some more “Summertime Organizing“.

 
 

15 comments on “Summertime Organizing: Seasonal Clothing Swap

  1. tealady3 says:

    Love the large tote’s and the closet looks amazing.

  2. julie says:

    I like that you used smaller boxes and sorted according to type of clothing. I think that would help keep track of what you have and what you need.

  3. TwoDiffSocks says:

    Hi Ya’ll,

    I’m guessing the Furry Feline “apparel” is part of winter clothing aka a scarf perhaps ;p

  4. Brianna says:

    Thank you! :-}

  5. If I organized my kids clothing like this, my cat would also be sitting in the empty bin. ;)

  6. EJSelf says:

    Dont pack the cat! Kitty is a transitional piece.

  7. Nathalie says:

    Where did you get the big pink bins with the handles, for coats and bulky items? I love them and they are exactly what I’m looking for. I looked at my target and online, but I didn’t see anything like the ones you have, which are perfect for my needs.

  8. Jenny says:

    LOL! Love the kitty shot. That is exactly what my little monsters would do. They always like to be right in the middle of what ever I’m doing.

  9. Heidi says:

    I needed this. Thanks so much!

  10. Nicola says:

    I need to start doing this – I’ve been so disorganised with clothing, particularly with the children’s bits!

  11. Jessica says:

    Love Love LOVE this!!! Need to break down and do it myself. What size are your bins??? Do you use the same size for your clothes too or larger ones?

  12. Rachel says:

    I am moving and I have so many great tips from your website!!! Thank you so much!!! I can’t wait to start the Organizing Challenge after I get moved into the new house. The moving binder has been a lifesaver by the way.

  13. Sabrina says:

    Great Checklist! You can use it every year, by laminating it. =) Love the pictures and tips too.

  14. Meredith says:

    Where did you get the pink bins from I love those !!!!!

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