01 Nov How to Store Clothes When They Go Out of Season
The seasonal clothing swap sneaks up on us twice a year, even though we know it’s coming. Maybe you’re longing to hang on to those carefree days of summer, and you want to wear your favorite sundress one more time. Or perhaps you love sweater weather so much that the idea of packing away all your bulky clothes is even more annoying.
Storing out-of-season clothes is easier if you have a few tried-and-true tricks that you practice every time you change out your wardrobe. From creating a custom closet or closet system to choosing the right types of storage, here are the best ways to store clothes when they go out of season.
Slim Down Your Wardrobe
The change of seasons is a great time to go through your wardrobe and decide what stays and what goes. If you haven’t worn it in the past six months, chances are you won’t wear it again. Let it go! Paring down your wardrobe means you have more room to keep the clothes you love. It will also make you feel less guilty about your seasonal shopping spree.
Choose the Right Type of Storage
Just like clothes, closet storage solutions are not one size fits all. Sometimes plastic bins are perfect, and in other cases, canvas or cotton bins are the best. Plastic bins with secure lids are ideal rather than cardboard boxes.
If you choose to store your clothes in plastic bins, where you store the plastic bins may be the deciding factor on whether you go with clear or opaque. Clear bins are easier to organize because you can see what’s inside. If you decide to keep the bins in an area with light, like a garage, opaque is ideal since it will prevent sunlight from damaging your clothes.
Don’t get completely airtight containers because good circulation helps prevent mold and mildew. Aim for weathertight containers that give your clothes a little room to breathe. For even more breathability and a nicer appearance, you can opt for fabric storage containers. Delicates, lace, and natural fabrics are better off in a linen, cotton, or structured fabric bin.
Skip vacuum-sealed bags altogether. These may make more room, but your clothing needs to breathe. Clothes will stay wrinkled and oddly shaped long after they are removed from these tight conditions.
Use Space in Your Closet
Just because it’s within reach doesn’t mean it’s taking up space! Use the top shelf of your closet, or a corner of the floor under short-hanging clothes, to stash your storage bins. You want to store clothes in a climate-controlled, dark space, so really, your closet is perfect.
You can find room in your closet without cramming together your clothes. Besides, it’s never a good idea to keep your clothes tightly packed. Adjustable shelves allow you to make room for different storage bins. You can also tuck away items that need to remain hung by putting them in garment bags and keeping them off to the side.
Customize Your Closet
If you don’t think you have space in your closet, you can make space. Designers and organizers from closet companies can assess your storage needs and figure out a way to make more room.
A custom closet space can give you more room to store the clothes you can’t wear all season and still keep them within reach. Closets by Design offers a variety of closet accessories to provide storage solutions for both walk-in and reach-in closets.
Look Outside Your Closet
Do you have a laundry room? Great! Do you have a guest room with a closet? Even better! You can turn any space in your home into an ideal spot to store clothes. Consider adding cabinets to a wall in your laundry room. The closet of a guest bedroom is ideal because you can easily hang or fold clothes without keeping them out of reach.
Keep in mind, it’s always best to store clothes in a climate-controlled space. If you put your storage bins in a basement, attic, or garage, make sure these areas are not too damp. Wherever you decide to store your clothes, Closets by Design can create a solution that works best for you.
Find Seasonal Storage Solutions
Schedule a free design consultation with Closets by Design to create closet storage solutions that work best for your seasonal clothing swap.