Get Your Closet Ready for Summer With These 5 Hacks


Summer is on the horizon. But before you escape to the lake, you'll need to swap out your wooly hats and fleece vests for light knits and breathable cotton. The wardrobe shuffle from winter to summer clothing can be a nuisance, but it also presents an opportunity to start out the new season in unwrinkled fashion — literally. Here's are the most efficient ways to get your closet fit and summer-ready.

1. Cleanse Your Closet of Undesirables

Time to get rid of what you don't wear. If you didn't wear it this season, there's no need to carry it over into next year. Sure, there's a chance that three years from now you'll find an occasion that's absolutely made for that ribbed turtleneck sweater. But get rid of it anyway. (It's been three years!)

Now that you've sorted out your wardrobe rejects, consider how to make best use of them. Here are some ideas: Gift them to friends who appreciate your style, sell them through an online consignment shop, such as thredUP, or donate them to a charitable organization near you, such as Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Don't forget that you can claim any charitable giving on your taxes, so be sure to keep records of any donations.

2. Store Unseasonable Apparel

Now that you've purged the unwanteds, gather and neatly fold all your out-of-season clothing — corduroy, sweaters, boots, wool scarves, long johns, etc. — and place them in whatever storage space you have available. That space might be in the attic or a trunk at the foot of your bed. Or maybe your closet is equipped with ample shelving for storage. If you're coming up short on space, consider lofting your bed or raising it on risers and then using this created under-the-bed space to store clothing in sealed containers.

3. Create Extra Hanging Space

Affix hooks and hanging rods on the inside of your closet door as well as your closet's back and side walls. In addition to clothing, these extra hanging spaces will make nice homes for your giant straw hats and beach bags. Hang your most-used items on those hooks and rods that are most easily accessible. Save the once-in-a-blue-moon wears for the hidden hangers in hard-to-reach places.

4. Double Your Real Estate

If the few extra hooks and rods you've added just aren't cutting it, consider investing in an adjustable extender rod. Not only will it double your hanging space, but it will also give you an easy way to separate tops and bottoms — helping to keep your threads organized.

5. Invest in Shelf Dividers

Tis the season of t-shirts and tank tops — items that are notorious for gobbling up hanging space. But the thing is, these easy, breezy summer wears don't need to be hung. You can keep most tanks and tees wrinkle-free by storing them in neatly folded stacks. To keep these stacks organized, you're going to need a set of shelf dividers. Store your least-used tops at the bottom of each pile. Place your go-to gear on top.

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