Despite the Indian summer we’re currently facing, it’s about time we all accepted that autumn is around the corner. No matter how good my intentions are, I always seem to get myself into more of a mess by attempting to tidy up than if I had just left my summer wardrobe alone.

Of course, having had my second baby in February, this is a challenge that’s only going to get harder, especially when it comes to finding the time to re-organise my clothing. In all my years though I’ve managed to develop a system, which will require a specific blend of dedication and a willingness to spend a few pennies, but believe me – it will be more than worth it.

Take ‘the test’

Be honest with yourself – are you ever going to wear those leg warmers again? When it comes to making the switch from one seasonal wardrobe to another, this is a great opportunity to have a good old fashioned clear out.

When you look at an item of clothing, ask yourself: “Have I worn it in the last year?” This is no time to be sentimental – if, like me, you’ve got kids to run around after, then you’ll be thankful for all the space you can get. It’s never going to come in useful. Throw it out.

Budget your time

While we all might have hopes of getting the job done in a matter of minutes, nothing is ever that simple. Set aside a few hours or even a day to re-organise your wardrobe and stick to your plan. For example, if you have a spare couple of hours when the children have gone to bed or perhaps a whole day if they’re at school. You’ll feel much less stressed if you’ve planned your time and will be more incentivised to finish the task.

Invest in a few space savers

If you really can’t bear to throw out any of your old favourites, you might want to re-think ways of storing your clothes. One way of doing this without decking out your room with unsightly storage boxes is to invest in an Ottoman storage bed. If your wardrobe is bursting at the seams, it’s a great way of storing last season’s clothes while the cooler months set in. Remove your summer favourites, give your wardrobe a good dust and bring those winter warmers to the forefront – you’ll be more than grateful for it when you need easy access to a jumper in the mornings.

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