Transition Your Closet for Spring & Summer

Transition your closet from winter to spring and summer with these 4 easy steps! You’ll no longer have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear! If you have limited time, opt to breakdown each step into multiple segments until the task is complete – you don’t want your closet to look worse than when you started.

Step 1:  Remove Items You Won’t Be Wearing

Looking through your clothing, shoes, and accessories and do the following:

Remove items that you don’t like and don’t wear. Set them aside to giveaway or donate.

Remove items that you like but can’t wear such as ones that don’t fit or need repair. Relocate these to the back of your closet or another location.

Remove items that you would only wear during the winter such as heavy sweaters, flannel shirts, boots, etc. Relocate these to another closet or the back of your closet.

Step 2:  Group Like Items Together

Categories for women: Dresses, skirts, shorts, pants, and tops. Don’t separate sleeve lengths for women – see instructions in Step 3.

Categories for men: tee-shirts, short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, shorts, pants, and suits.

Step 3:
 Put in Color Order

Put your clothing, shoes, and accessories in color order to save time and stress looking for what you want. You’ll never have to sift through your items again. Don’t worry, your color-ordered items won’t play musical chairs at night.

Color order left to right: white, yellow, orange, pink, red, green blue purple, brown, and black




More detailed colors:




If an item has multiple colors, choose the color that is the most prevalent. If an animal print has more brown than black, put that item with your browns. Then within the browns, put the animal print/multi-colored fabrics before the solid browns. Repeat this for all colors.

For women, once you have your clothing in color order you may elect to put tops in sleeve length order within that color. For example with black tops, begin on the left with black sleeveless, then black short-sleeve, and end with black long-sleeve. Remember that you normally select color first to match your bottoms, then within that color, choose sleeve length based on your preference.

Don’t forget to put your shoes and accessories in color order as well! When putting shoes in color order start on left with white and transition to black on the right. If you have rows of shoe shelves together, the same color shoes should be above and below each other.

Step 4
: Add in Spring and Summer Items

 To your newly organized closet, add summer dresses and skirts, shorts, swimsuits, sandal, flip-flops, etc.


  1. To maximize shoe storage, store shoes side by side with one shoe slightly in front of the other. This will provide more horizontal space.
  2. When hanging pants over a hanger, hang so the pant leg and waist meet evenly at the bottom. This will allow for more storage space below the pants.
  3. Use slimline hangers, not plastic tubular hangers. Slimline hangers take up less space.
  4. Designate a place to store unused hangers this way they are not mixed among your hanging clothes.
  5. At the beginning of each season turn your clothing on the hanger over the rod the opposite way. Once a clothing item is worn and laundered, hang over the rod the normal way. At season’s end you will be able to determine what you didn’t wear.
  6. Use hooks on the door and walls to hang bags, hats, belts, jewelry, etc.
  7. Stuff your handbags with paper or plastic to keep their shape.
  8. Use bins and baskets to store items such as swimsuits or workout gear.

Happy closet transitioning!


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