For those of us living in climates that change quarterly, the change of seasons acts as a stimulus for getting organized. Think about how much time and effort is involved in the seasonal swap. First, you identify what will and won’t be needed for the changing conditions. Second, you find it. Third, you designate a ready place to access it. Fourth, you store the out of season stuff. This cycle continues year round.
Learning to enjoy, rather than endure the change of seasons begins with good organizing principles. If you feel frustrated when temperatures rise or fall a professional home organizer may be of help.
When seasons change from summer to fall lightweight wardrobes are exchanged for corduroys and jackets. Bicycles and wheelbarrows get stowed. Drawers need room for school supplies. The changing colors and textures outside inspire us to change our interior décor with seasonal textiles such as pillows, placemats and napkins.
Spring may be for cleaning, but fall is a good time for home organizing. Here are some simple ways to organize when you know the change of seasons is upon you.
A reason to stay organized
The seasonal swap offers an opportunity to get rid of what you no longer use or want. Donate, toss or repurpose it. During this purge process it sometimes helps to think about someone else who will enjoy what you no longer need. Consider how much space you will gain by getting rid of it. If you need help, a professional home organizer is trained to guide you through the process.
Anticipate the seasonal swap by arranging like items together. Summer wear stays together in wardrobe boxes or designated closet space. Toys are labeled and boxed in the basement with textiles and other summer-related things. If for any reason you need an item during an off-season you will know where it is. When the season does roll around you know where to look.
Another way of avoiding the frustration of swapping stuff seasonally is to buy strategically. I often shop for clothes during the spring and fall because I can find neutral weight clothes that I can wear alone or peel and layer during summer or winter. Strategic buying also includes knowing what space you have and how best to fill it (not overfill it). Furniture, kitchen ware, textiles should have a designated space before entering your home.
In the autumn, we think of change. Winter slows us down. Spring brings rebirth and summer offers a time to play. There is a reason for each season. Stay organized and enjoy.