The weather is still insanely hot here, but the kids have gone back to school, and that is helping me remember that fall is right around the corner. That means reorganizing my closet and dresser to move out the summer clothes and move in the winter clothes. To make things a little easier for when you start updating your closet for fall, I put together a list of tips to help you.
And who knows. Maybe if we start preparing for fall, it will stop being 95-degrees at 4:30pm when Pete and I take our daily walk.
Seriously, I just want to get through one walk without sweat dripping down and burning my eyes.
Just one walk.
5 Tips For Updating Your Closet For Fall
1. Remove your summer pants and shorts.
My favorite shorts are closest to the door in my closet. That way, I’m able to grab them when I’m getting dressed. I won’t be wearing those on cold fall days, though, so they have to get out of the closet. And my super fun blue and white floral capris that I’ve had longer than most everything in this house, they have to make way for corduroys. Put all your summer bottoms in a tote, then put that away in the attic until next summer.
2. Say goodbye to flip flops.
Open-toed shoes don’t really have a place in cold weather. I live in flip flops during the summer. But my flip flops get bagged up and put away in the fall. While you’re doing this, be sure to take inventory of your flip flops. If your white flip flops have been darkened by too such summer wear, and washing them just isn’t helping, this is the time to get rid of them. Also, make sure that each flip flop has a match too. You laugh, but sometimes they get left behind at beaches and hotels.
3. Put away any non-layering tops.
I’m a huge fan of layering in the fall. Nothing too bulky, but I love a knit top over a tank top. And I’m always carrying around a thin shirt with sleeves in case it’s cold wherever we go. A lot of my casual t-shirts can’t be layered this way, so those get folded up and shipped off the attic. Anything I can layer with — solid camis, thin tank tops, loose fashion t-shirts — all get to stay year round.
4. Move the scarves around.
I wasn’t a scarf person for a really long time because I just didn’t understand the whole fashion scarf thing. I grew up in New York where scarves kept you warm in the winter and that was that. Fast forward to now, when we live in North Carolina and I finally get fall scarves. I usually keep these in the back of my closet during the summer (because the one hanger they’re on doesn’t take up too much room), but I move it closer to the closet door during the fall.
5. Pick up a few new capsule pieces.
Don’t purchase a whole new wardrobe for fall. Instead, find ways to upgrade your wardrobe with a few trendy pieces. That’s a great way to wear mostly old clothes but feel like your clothes are fresh for fall. Busy prints and statement jackets have been rocking the runway and fashion magazine covers recently, so if you like something bold, you’re in.