Tips for Storing Seasonal Clothing

Winter may (finally & hopefully) be behind us! That’s not to say that Spring doesn’t bring some chilly mornings, but overall it’s safe to say we can put away the snow bibs and winter gloves. These items can be bulky and take up lots of space in your every day closet and dresser.

Here are some tips for storing seasonal items:

Image from Container Store.

Image from Container Store.

Take Inventory
We always suggest that you edit before you store. Take inventory of the clothing and accessories you gather, and be ruthlessly honest with yourself. If there are damaged or stained items - let them go, they don’t need to take up space and it isn’t likely they will be useful next season.

Image from Container Store.

Image from Container Store.

Location, Location
Consider the best location for those stored items. This could be under the bed, an unused storage closet, or a basement/attic. If your storage area may be damp, DampRid is a great product that will help attract and trap excess moisture. When looking for the best place to store seasonal items in your home, look for these conditions: clean, cool, dark and dry.

Find the Right Storage Containers
Adding cedar or lavender blocks to your storage containers, bags or bins can help keep your stored items fresh and protected.

Here are some under the bed storage containers we like: Under Bed Drawer, Long Under Bed Box with Wheels, Under Bed Artisan Crunch Storage Bag,

If you’re going to use plastic bins, we always suggest using clear ones. This eliminates the question or confusion when looking for a specific item. Using bins of matching size create ease when stacking or fitting bins into the storage area you choose.

With bulky and puffy items like jackets or snow pants, you can use vacuum sealed bags to save lots of space. Invite your family members into the decision making with the purging and storing.

Image from  Shira Gill.

Image from Shira Gill.

Storing seasonal items allows more space for the clothes, shoes and accessories you wear on a daily basis in the current season. This can help eliminate frustration and overwhelm when looking for a specific item or choosing what to wear. It’s simple - what you need, is in front of you and what you don’t need, isn’t cluttering your space or mind.