Each spring and fall, Chicago weather gets a little schizophrenic. You never know if you’re going to wake up to snow or 80 degrees! How do we handle the kids’ wardrobes during this time of transition?  Below are a few simple steps.  Keep in mind that most of these steps can apply to your wardrobe as well!  And remember to rotate coats too.

I suggest keeping the bare minimum of winter, fall and light spring coats readily available during the transition month then…We can do a full-scale wardrobe rotation and purge.

  • Grab several large plastic bags for donations
  • Sort through every seasonal item (fall/winter if it’s spring, spring/summer if it’s fall), including coats, hats, boots and shoes and create piles for the following:
    1. In poor condition (garbage)
    2. Does not fit/will not fit next season/child doesn’t like it
    3. Will fit a sibling in future. Further sort by sex and size
    4. Will fit same child in fall and is in style. Further sort these by child
  • Donate “2” to those who truly NEED more clothes
  • Pack away “3” and “4”. Be sure to label the container by child, size and season and store them in a non-prime real estate area. Some options are: basement storage, attic, top shelf of a closet and under beds. While you’re at it, if the sports in your house rotate seasonally also, take time to donate the items that no longer fit or for sports nobody is playing anymore. Store the remaining seasonal sports items in a labeled container
  • Have your kids pick a couple off season items to have handy in case of a sudden unseasonable day
  • Bring out the next season clothes and organize them in the dressers and closets

I highly suggest getting your kids involved in the process. They need to learn how to manage their things and getting hands-on experience is the best way! They will learn the process of how to organize anything and will learn that people cannot hold on to everything they ever owned for the rest of their lives.  Not only that, but you’ll get more buy-in from them if they take part in the decision-making process and less resentment for ditching their stuff.

If you’re struggling with getting started, make a commitment to yourself by writing an appointment on your calendar to tackle this project.  I also suggest getting some motivating music going or asking a friend to join you so you have companionship.  In addition, I always recommend to my clients to reward themselves for reaching a goal or crossing something off the task list.  Once you get through the project, what will be your reward?

Make the most of your bedroom storage using products like these:

This container has wheels and opens on both ends for quick access. $22.99

Hike the bed up using these risers. $12.99

Consider using double hanging to maximize space and provide accessibility to the “littles”.  $12.99

Add a drawer unit or a shelving unit to your closet to make use of vertical space. Use something you have for a FREE option!