“Where are all your clothes?” my friend asked.
I told her some of my clothes were dirty, some were folded in drawers, and that I was storing seasonal clothes in the bins at the top of the closet.
I don’t remember why my neighbor and I were in my closet, but I do remember how she looked around the space in complete disbelief, then absently responded, “My closet is so crammed full of clothes.”
It was as if she couldn’t imagine her wardrobe being pared down and curated.
Pro Tips for Storing Seasonal Clothes
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If the idea of going from crammed to curated seems impossible, try starting with storing seasonal clothes. You’ll start seeing the benefits right away.
4 Benefits of storing seasonal clothes
Storing off season clothes allows you to:
- Maximaze space in your closet for the current season
- Reduce visual clutter – seeing clothes crammed together, falling off hangers, or piled on the floor is a mental burden. Eventually, you get used to it, but your subconscious absorbs the visual clutter every. single. day.
- Save money by allowing you to see exactly what clothes you have as you sort through winter clothes to store and as you pull out summer clothes you take inventory. Note what you need to replace or what you still need to fill out your wardrobe. This will help you avoid buying duplicates or forgetting about that new blouse bought.
- Save time getting dressed every day because your choices are more visible and readily available
How to Store Your Clothes
The best way to store off season clothes is the way that makes most sense for you and is based on the space you have, how many clothes you’re storing, and your budget.
No matter what method of storing clothes you use, be sure to follow these useful tips to make the most of your time and effort.
- Choose a space that is cool, dark and dry like under the bed, in drawers, in bins on the top shelf of your closet, or in another bedroom closet. I don’t recommend attics, basements or garages because of heat, humidity.
- Choose best clothes storage containers – plastic or fabric bins with lids or garment bags all do a good job of protecting your clothes. Take the amount of space you have into consideration when choosing long term clothing storage boxes.
Also choose containers based on how many items you’ll be storing and what type of clothing you’re putting in them. For example, a stack of sweaters will need a larger bin than long sleeve shirts.
- Keep stored clothes fresh – You can use wooden cedar balls or acid free liner to prevent damage. Make sure your clothes are not wet or damp and that they’re clean before you store them.
How to Store Off Season Shoes
My favorite way to store off season shoes is in plastic shoe bins. Keep the bins tucked away on the top shelf, in another closet, or even under your bed.
How to Store Off Season Accessories
Store heavy winter scarves in fabric or plastic bins. Put winter hats in a box and store on a top shelf, or hang them on hooks. The goal is to have them out of the way so the current season accessories are front and center.
How to Organize Seasonal Clothes
I’ve often had clients ask how to store seasonal clothes. Here are several tips for organizing off-season clothes.
- I use fabric bins on the top shelves of my closet. It is okay to use plastic bins, but I recommend adding an acid free liner for added protection.
- If you have room in your closet, store items on lower shelves, bottom drawers, or on the floor as long as they are not in the way or visible. For instance, I keep my winter booties stored on the floor below hanging clothes.
- Storing seasonal clothes in under bed storage bins also works well.
- Store winter coats in another bedroom, an armoire, or the entry closet if you have one. Some people use vacuum storage bags to store coats and bulky items to save on space.
Once you’ve put away your out of season clothes, your closet will look much more spacious and you’ll be able to enjoy your wardrobe for the current season.
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