4 Reasons Why I Never Recommend Changing Out for the Seasons

organization podcast Feb 15, 2024

Today, I want to chat about something near and dear to my heart: simplifying your wardrobe. Specifically, I'm diving into why I advocate against the common practice of changing out your clothes seasonally. So grab a cup of tea, settle in, and let's get into it!

It all started with a random, beautiful 70-degree day in the midst of winter. I found myself ditching my cozy sweaters for a short-sleeve shirt to enjoy some ice cream with a friend. As I relished in the sunshine, it hit me—why do we put ourselves through the hassle of swapping out our clothes every season?

Reason #1: Overpurchasing

One of the biggest downsides of seasonal wardrobe changes is the tendency to over purchase. In today's fast fashion world, it's all too easy to succumb to impulse buys and end up with a closet overflowing with clothes we rarely wear. By constantly switching out our wardrobes, we only exacerbate this problem, leading to clutter and unnecessary spending.

Reason #2: Practicality

Let's face it—changing out your entire wardrobe twice a year is a time-consuming chore. Who wants to spend hours packing away winter coats or digging out summer dresses? Not to mention the frustration of needing a specific item of clothing on an unseasonably warm or cool day, only to realize it's tucked away in storage.

Reason #3: False Sense of Satisfaction

Stashing away out-of-season clothes might make your closet look tidier, but it's just masking the underlying clutter. Trust me, I've seen it time and time again—clients who think they've decluttered their closets, only to find themselves overwhelmed with stuff once they start digging into storage bins.

Reason #4: Storage Solutions

Airtight bags, under-bed storage containers, vacuum-sealed pouches... We've tried them all in our quest to organize our off-season clothes. But more often than not, these solutions end up causing more headaches than they solve. From bulky bins taking up precious space to bags that refuse to stay sealed, there's got to be a better way.

Embracing Simplicity

So what's the alternative? In my opinion, it's all about keeping it simple. Rather than constantly swapping out your clothes, why not keep everything together and easily accessible? By hanging or folding all your clothes in one place—regardless of the season—you'll not only streamline your wardrobe but also gain a better understanding of what you actually own.

Final Thoughts

As I wrap up this blog post, I want to leave you with a challenge: rethink your approach to seasonal wardrobe changes. Instead of succumbing to the pressure to switch out your clothes every few months, consider embracing a more minimalist mindset. Trust me, your closet—and your sanity—will thank you for it.

Listen to the full episode here.