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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.

all things home: 5 links

Image by Laurey W. Glenn

Image by Laurey W. Glenn

There are so many blogs and columns out there that it can be overwhelming and hard to find the good stuff. We’ve gathered a few of our latest favorites to share with you below. What blogs do you read regularly? We’d love to know your go-to’s!

  1. Have toy rules

  2. 15 finds from schoolhouse for a well ordered home

  3. Home Keeping 101

  4. 5 ways I keep my life and mind organized

  5. 7 things to get rid of now so you’ll have more storage space for the Holidays

Is your storage unit the best investment?

We get it. Sometimes life comes at you in ways you never imagined and you find yourself needing to make a quick move either to a smaller place or for a short period of time. Storage units can be the best route if you don't have a family member or friend to let you store your extra stuff while your in transition. BUT......

this blog is for all of you that don't fit into that category. : )

Today, storage units can range anywhere from $40/mo up to $400/mo depending on how big and how nice a unit is. At first, this can be easily added into the budget for some folks. Others, it's a bit of a stretch. Oftentimes, it all makes sense to store that piece (you really don't like) from your grandma or the dining room table and 6 chairs that you used at your first house but don't need now or the really nice bed frame you hope to use someday but haven't yet because it never seems to match the style of your current home. But then you do the math. Say you've had the unit 4 years now. And say you're just paying the average price of a unit in Knoxville, TN which is about $90/mo. That is $4320. Yes, Four-Thousand Three-Hundred and Twenty dollars.  Woah.

Like we said earlier, you may have very good reason to need that extra space for a transition period. We get it. But, if the "transition period" has lasted so long that you don't really remember what's in the unit, it might be time to reconsider that extra monthly expense. 

HYD would love to help. As you've heard us say before, taking someone along when you're ready to find new homes for items you no longer need is definitely the way to go. If you've got a friend ready and willing, grab 'em and go for it! If not, HYD would be honored to be that helping hand as you decide the best way to find the right spot for all those items in your storage unit. Who knows? Some of it might be just what you need in your current space but you'd just forgotten you had it! We can help with that too!

Don't let another month go by spending money that could be much better spent on family, friends, travel, and life that you can enjoy! Make a valuable investment of a bit of your time and a small investment in HYD services and enjoy the freedom from the monthly storage expense as well as the peace of mind that comes with letting go of items you don't need and others do.