Summer is here and my closet was a hot mess! With all the end of the year going-ons, many places in my home are in a state of neglect. I function best in life when things are organized – it’s just how I roll. Ok, you got me, I’m a Virgo.
The 911 came, when I went to get dressed one morning last week, and despite all the pieces staring back at me – I simply could not put one outfit together. Not one. Not even denim shorts, a top with a pair of flip flops. It was 95 degrees out, and I was so desperate I was willing to sweat it out in jeans and a flowy top – but that wasn’t coming together for me. I finally settled on a top that was on it’s way to the resale store (because it is too cropped), with a longer tank layered under it, flare crop jeans and sandals. Annoying. I kinda get miffed when I spend too much time getting ready, how about you?
Oh, and I’m extra miffed in this photo because I just realized that the tailor altered my new jeans in a really bad, crappy way (wrong color thread and crooked hem. Maybe difficult to see in the photo, but trust me), and I was going to need to drive back to the store to have them fixed – that’s a whole other story, one for another post.
Something was wrong. The universe felt out of sync. Then it dawned on me, it’s officially hot summer here, and my closet still looked like the end of winter/spring. Yes, I had cleaned out my closet – back in February, but weather and my lifestyle has shifted since that time. Time for a quick closet refresh, and fast – before the kids are out of school!
So I got busy. It only took an hour this past weekend, and my closet is back up in working condition, phew…
First step, was to take every piece of clothing I knew would not see the light of day till October, and cover them in garment bags. Uncovered, they were creating the illusion I had more options to wear, than I really had. Avoid confusion.
Next, I thought about how I live during the summer months. With the kids home, the heat, casual lazy days enjoying the summer; festivals, farmers markets, block parties, pool parties, casual dining outside, trips to the beach – I knew most of my clothing needs for the next few months were going to be met with comfortable, casual pieces.
My closet was currently organized by type, then color. For example, all skirts together, pants, dresses in one spot…then colorized. This works in the cooler months because my wardrobe tends to be black and denim based, and most pieces work well together. Not so in the summertime.
SOLUTION: create 5 separate lifestyle areas, in my closet.
Casual Everyday Tops and Bottoms
This section got prime real estate. This is where I will be pulling most of my outfits from, this summer.
You’d think I have more pieces- this surprised me as well!
skirts (only 2 that can be worn in hot weather!) | blouses | jackets (4)
As you can see, I opt toward dress for work, over separates – in the warm months.
Casual/Everyday Dresses and Jumpsuits (right of garment bags)
Cocktail Dresses (left of garment bags)
Prior to the re-organization, all my dresses were together – by color. It was overwhelming. The 3 garment bags you see house items that I don’t want to store in totes – nicer pieces, dresses, suiting, denim that is too heavy for summer but will come back out in the fall. I know I will absolutely NOT wear these pieces in the next 4 months – so why look at them everyday?
got a facelift as well.
Flip-Flops and slippers in a basket:
Everyday shoes on display:
Work pumps, ballet flats, flat sandals:
Evening shoes and off season boots etc., are stored in clear shoe bins on the top shelf.
In season handbags
are hung on shower hooks.
Long necklaces on a tie rack (target).
Belts rolled up and in view:
You guessed it, I’m not a big shorts person – though I do like them on everyone else. Maybe now that I can see them, I will wear ’em more. They were folded in with my swimsuits – eek!
And don’t forget a step ladder, to reach higher up pieces,
a place for extra hangers(white basket), market and beach totes (stacked inside each other)
With my summer pieces organized, in a small section together, I can see what I have, what may be missing (how adding a bit of color in that neutral top selection? Maybe just one or 2 colored tops? ) as well as what I don’t need (dresses for work or lace up sandals).
Anyone else had a closet melt down lately?
Have your reset your closet for summer?
How do you organize your closet in the summertime?
Do you consider your lifestyle, when organizing your closet?
With my closet back in working condition I’ve been thinking about creating a Summer Wardrobe Capsule – which I plan to share on Saturday.
Off to organize the pantry, junk drawer, laundry room, second garage (scary!), switch up the dining room table to a summer look, toss disgusting bath towels that have been hanging around – you get the idea…
but with a much happier me.
Have a great week!
A quick note: “Blogs I Read” has been added back onto Ask Suzanne Bell. This is a list of blogs I personally follow, not all, but regulars. This page automatically updates – whenever the author posts something new. Therefore the most current post lands at the top. My hope is that this new format makes it easy, so you don’t have to hunt around for your favorites. While you are here visiting, you can simply pop on over and see what’s new out in the world of blogging. Not all are fashion or style blogs, you may just find one you love!