One of the great joys of my lifelong obsession with fashion and closet organization is the ritual swap out called for when summer turns to fall and winter turns to spring. True, the seasons in Los Angeles can’t compare to those of New England where I grew up, but even here, a seasonal closet reorganization is in order, even if you aren’t ready to part with anything permanently.
Here’s why; in spite of my vanity and decades of stalking the fashion industry’s twists and turns, my guiding principles have been comfort and ease of wear (though I confess I did not always follow my own advice; my feet, for example, paid the price in younger years). Now, dressing for the weather and doing so handily is my mantra. Like most working mothers, these days I grant myself about ten minutes to get dressed and out the door. Thus, the increased penchant for streamlining choices for clarity and speediness.
Whether or not you have extra closet space to relocate off-season garb, the purposeful isolation of what you will really and truly wear is transformative. A seasonally appropriate closet translates directly to a more positive and productive day. Why? Heard of decision fatigue? It’s what we all experience making myriad choices day in and day out, from the smallest traffic turn to what to eat for breakfast to who to hire for your home remodel. The average person spends eight hours a month figuring out what to wear. Minimize that chronic decision treadmill and its cumulative effects by simplifying the process of getting dressed.
We do this best by having in front of us ONLY WHAT WE NEED FOR THE SEASON. No more caftans for winter! Sayonara sweater coats for spring! A secondary closet gets to host your summer garb while it takes a winter vacation. The less accessible parts of your closet will welcome your winter wear in spring. No spare closet or sufficient closet space to parse seasons well? Garde Robe is the perfect place to tuck those clean, beloved reminders of summer away until next they are needed. Proper storage means the life of your treasured and delicate pieces are extended and protected against heat, moths and over-stuffing. (If you find yourself stowing pieces you haven’t worn all season or beyond, take this moment to pluck them out and put aside to recycle by consigning, donating to charity or friends, etc. Likewise, anything with pilling, fading…you get the idea.)
When you see these off-season pieces in six months, it will be like greeting dear, old friends. And the ones that you’re less than thrilled to see? It’s your sign that like the seasons, your taste for them has changed and it’s time for both of you to move on. Really, it’ll be for the best.
Stephanie Gisondi-Little, Founder of ComposedCo is a Personal Stylist & Wardrobe Organizer. Based in Los Angeles, CA, she loves curating wardrobes and organizing closets so that clients can live their best lives.
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