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Who doesn’t love sweater weather? Welcoming our favorite cozy wardrobe pieces back into rotation is always exciting, but bulkier items, additional layers, and cold-weather accessories can be challenging to organize. From custom storage solutions to innovative organizational accessories, Laura Gornicki, Lead Sales and Design Consultant at California Closets Nashville, is sharing five easy ways to streamline your wardrobe for cooler weather!

Laura Gornicki of California Closets Nashville
Laura Gornicki has been a designer at California Closets Nashville for five years. Throughout her time at the company, she has shown an immense amount of creativity, professionalism, and personability, which led to her promotion to Design Lead. We spoke to Laura about how to maximize the organization and usability of our spaces during cooler months.

Know when and how to start organizing.

We all know Nashville’s weather can be a bit finicky. As we slowly add more layers to our wardrobe and move into a season of cool evenings and mornings with warmer afternoons, it’s essential to have certain clothing items easily accessible. “As a rule, you should start transitioning your wardrobe in September or October to be ready for the consistently colder winter months,” suggests Laura. “That’s when you want to have more layers in your closet so you can put things on if you need to, have extra layers in the morning, and take them off as it warms up in the afternoon. You also need to have someplace to put those things.”

For many people, just the thought of organizing can feel overwhelming, but Laura says an easy place to start is by creating separate piles for items you want to keep, donate, and throw away. “Use the change of seasons as a time to take a good look at the clothing you are rotating out and decide what items it’s time to let go of,” she adds. “It’s much easier and less time-consuming to tackle it seasonally versus working through your entire wardrobe.”

Winter clothes hanging in closet.
Laura Gornicki, Lead Sales and Design Consultant at California Closets Nashville, recommends beginning to transition into your fall and winter wardrobe in September or October. “The goal is to have cold-weather items easily available versus having to search and dig for them,” she adds.

Where should warm-weather clothes go when not in use?

Once November and December come around, it’s time to bring bulkier, warmer items to the forefront, so you don’t have to dig them up every time you need them. But what does this mean for our summer clothes? Luckily, California Closets offers easy storage solutions for our warm-weather wardrobes, including manual and automatic wardrobe lifts, which help store and hang off-season clothing when it’s not in use.

Laura also recommends using closed cabinets to keep items accessible yet out of sight. “Many closets have higher ceilings that leave a lot of wasted and unused space,” she explains. “We can maximize your storage options in that area by creating closed cabinets above your traditional closet hanging areas. You then have an area to store your off-season clothing and accessories and keep them clean, dust-free, and out of sight until you need them again.”

Mudroom closet area organized by California Closets.
California Closets offers custom storage solutions like adjustable shelving, hanging poles, and closed cabinets to store off-season items when they’re not in use.

Don’t forget the accessories.

California Closets offers an array of custom storage solutions to simplify organizing your wardrobe. First and foremost, Laura recommends the Maddox wall organizer, a grid system that mounts to a wall. This is the perfect multi-functional accessory to use in lieu of a mudroom if you don’t have one. Available in different sizes and finishes, it’s ideal for hanging scarves, gloves, coats, and shoes. Multiple hook options are also available — from coat hooks to double hooks and more. Plus, hooks are available in six finishes that will complement almost any metal or finish in a home.

You can also use California Closets’ acrylic drawers and shelf dividers to separate different categories of clothing and accessories on an open shelf or in a drawer. If you don’t have ample drawer space, Laura recommends the pull-out wire baskets as an alternative. Available with or without canvas liners, these baskets are installed with drawer rails so they can be easily accessed while keeping items neatly tucked away.

Laura adds that decorative storage boxes and bins are another great storage solution. Available in multiple sizes, widths, and heights, the boxes are made specifically for California Closets, so they’re guaranteed to match the rest of the finishes in your space.

Socks, gloves, and belts stored in divided closet drawer.
Items like gloves, scarves, and socks can be easily stored in divided drawers or baskets.

Know how to organize different items.

It’s important to know that delicate knit sweaters should be stored differently than bulky winter jackets. “Folding sweaters versus hanging them eliminates stretching and puckered shoulders,” says Laura. “If you’re limited on space and have to hang them, I recommend folding them over a hanger, as you would a pair of pants … It just protects the garment a lot better.”

While sweaters should be folded, Laura says bulky coats and jackets should be hung on hooks or heavy-duty hangers to keep them off the floor and help them dry more easily. “Instead of throwing things in a pile somewhere, hang them up on a stronger hanger that won’t break,” she tells us. “That gives jackets a place where they’re dry and can be kept clean. It also allows them to breathe better.”

Acrylic shelf dividers organizing sweaters in home closet.
Knit sweaters should be folded to help keep the garment intact, and California Closets’ acrylic shelf dividers can help keep them organized.

Consult the design experts.

When you work with California Closets Nashville, you’re paired with one of their highly trained design consultants, who are involved in the process from start to finish. The process begins in your home when the design consultant has a conversation with you about your needs and goals, tours the space, takes measurements, and conducts a complete inventory to ensure every item has a home. “The most important part is that the client is very involved in the design process the whole time,” adds Laura. “It’s not just us telling you what you should do; it’s partnering with you and collaborating on the design, so you have as much ownership as possible to make sure your space is perfect.”

Closet designed by California Closets.
“Every custom design starts with functionality as the main goal,” explains Laura. “We also use the highest quality materials and work closely with each individual client to collaborate on the perfect solution for their personal needs and aesthetic.”

Happy organizing!

California Closets Nashville is located at 2601 Winford Avenue and 420 Cool Springs Boulevard. To learn more, visit californiaclosets.com.

This article is sponsored by California Closets Nashville. All photos are courtesy of California Closets.

Brianna Goebel
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Brianna Goebel

Brianna is StyleBlueprint’s Associate Editor and Sponsored Content Manager. She is an avid fan of iced coffee and spends her free time reading all things true crime.