I don’t know what the winter temperatures are like where you live? In Auckland where I am, it doesn’t usually start to get really cold until July. Right on time, as the school holidays commenced, we experienced an icy blast from the South Pole. Which was great if you were a skier, but not so appealing for my regular morning coastal walks. Very quickly the last of the lighter clothing items were packed into storage and the heavier weight winter items that had been sorted through at the start of the Autumn/Winter 2017 season were placed in the wardrobe. If you are new to Unclutter Your Universe and have not read the article about my wardrobe purge, or not yet completed this task. I would suggest you get onto it ASAP and start to feel that daily sparkle that you experience when you have an uncluttered wardrobe.
To accommodate the several types of storage that are needed for winter woollens, scarves, hats and heavy coats, I’ve found that this is an ideal time to overhaul the entire wardrobe organisation. In our wardrobe, there is a long hanging rail, a large shelf above this, with lots of room up to the ceiling, and high units of cube storage. I’m not a fan of lots of drawer storage, I much prefer to hang as much as possible so that it everything is visible at a glance and has easy access to get and put away items. My jumpers, cardigans and heavy coats are folded and placed on a shelf. Both woollen and cotton scarves are folded and stacked in small piles on the large shelf above the hanging rail, along with the hats and gloves. With a quick glance, I can see and grab what I’m looking for. All underwear, socks, sleep and exercise wear are folded and placed on the storage cube shelves. At this time of year my swimwear and sarongs are kept inside a cotton storage bag on one of the harder to reach shelves, out of the way, but still easily accessible if needed over the winter months. All footwear is placed on the floor below items that are stored on the hanging rail. Large overnight and activity bags are stacked on top of each other and kept on a shelf, with a storage basket of smaller bags and cotton packing bags beside them. I have two jewellery boxes that are also stored on a cube shelf. The one with drawers is great for necklaces and bulky items. The other, is a flat box with compartments that is great for organising earrings and rings. This space is not the walk in dressing room that I dream off, but I think I’ve made the most of what storage I do have and get pleasure from seeing the items that I love laid out for me to access. As it is very unlikely that anyone of you will wear exactly the same items of clothing and have the same storage facilities as me that would work perfectly for you. So, I’ve spent a happy few hours on Pinterest saving loads of examples to both wardrobe and scarf storage boards, that I hope you will find useful when organising your wardrobe.
It’s now been three weeks since the cooler weather arrived, and already I’ve discovered that there are some items in my wardrobe that are no longer giving me the love. Most of these items are ones that were packed away in out of season storage when I completed my style audit earlier in the year and were not weeded out when I went through the winter items at the start of this season. A couple of items will only need small alterations to bring them back to life. The others will be donated to charity, so that they can find new homes and owners that will cherish them. I’ve found that when you are a little further into the cooler months, it is the perfect time to have a look through the Smart Closet (Android and IOS) app and find out which items of clothing are not being worn often. Is it a case of you have nothing to wear with that item, not sure how to style it or just don’t like it anymore? If it’s something that’s lost the love, it’s time to move it on to a new home. If you are looking for style inspiration, it’s time to indulge in some research in magazines, on your favourite store websites or on Pinterest, where I also have my own autumn/winter 2017 inspiration board. Once armed with some new inspiration, then it’s back to the wardrobe to style up those not so used items with the things you already have in your wardrobe. I’ve found that this is when I discover what basics are missing that would work with these and others in my wardrobe. These items are then added to the shopping list.
SEASONAL SHOPPING LIST
At the start of the Autumn/Winter 2017 season, I wrote an article discussing how I had compiled my shopping list for the upcoming season, while staying true to my ethical fashion ethos. I still have not purchased all the items that I had listed, however have purchased a few gems in the local charity store that have become mainstays in this season’s wardrobe. At the start of the season I was too busy and then was struck down by the flu for almost a month, I’ve not been to be fitted for some new bra’s or found the perfect white shirt for me. Being unwell I also missed most of the sales. So, will visit the outlet store mall to see if there are any end of season bargains that match my shopping/wish list.
Is your wardrobe in good shape, to get you through the rest of winter?