Storing off season clothes is really important when you’re creating an efficient closet. There’s no need to overfill racks with clothes that won’t be worn for six months or more. Instead, you want to simplify your choices by removing items that won’t be needed for the next several months, so that only items you are currently wearing remain.
There are tons of great options out there for storing clothes and, the best part, they are mostly inexpensive.
STORAGE SOLUTIONS WORTH A TRY:
- Under the bed: Storage bag with open clear zip top ($10/ea)
- On a top shelf of the closet: Storage box with lid ($10/ea)
- In a bin for storage unit or attic: Clear storage bin ($6/set of 2)
PREPARING CLOTHING FOR STORAGE:
Ensure that clothing is clean and ready for storage
This one is kind of a no-brainer. You don’t want to put clothes in storage unless they’ve been properly cleaned and prepared to be stored away. Anything with an odor or stain, or items in need of repairs should not be placed in storage until they are ready.
Properly fold clothes so that space is used efficiently.
Folding clothes neatly is important for two reasons: (1) when you take them out in a few months, they won’t be full of wrinkles, and (2) it will utilize the space in the most efficient manner. (But also, if you’re not folding your clothes before packing them away, we probably couldn’t be friends. ;) )
Label the containers for easy finding
This is especially important when you’re using the same containers. I mentioned before that this year I’m storing off-season clothes by season. In the past, I had used a large storage bin for fall/winter and spring/summer, but that meant keeping out a number of clothes that I wouldn’t need for the next three months. Storing them in smaller batches allows me to move from one season to the next more easily. An alternative to storing by season would be something like this:(
(1) Year Round – classic items that can be worn all year but did not make the current capsule.
(2) Current Overflow – anything I wanted to hold on to but didn’t make the current capsule.
(3) Upcoming Season – the next season’s capsule
(4) Off Season – off-season clothes that won’t be needed for at least six months.
Store with visible labels
This one might also seem like a no-brainer but you definitely want to remember to store your containers so that your labels are visible. This way, if you need to re-evaluate your current situation, or when it comes time to move to the next season, you’ll know exactly what you need.
That’s it! If you can handle these four easy steps, you can store your clothes in a neat and organized manner AND simplify your space right now!