Off-Season Clothes Storage Ideas
Our outfits change with the seasons – large ski jackets won’t get much use in the summer, just like shorts and thin tees won’t get used in the winter. If you’re quite the hoarder when it comes to clothes and struggle to keep your outfits for all seasons in the same wardrobe, it’s time to learn some organization tactics. Read on to discover how to store off-season gear effectively in order to prevent your wardrobe from overflowing.
1. Only Hang The Necessities
Are you guilty of hanging items that could probably remain folded? Don’t worry – we’ve all been there. But if your wardrobe is starting to overflow and you’ve run out of hanger space, it might be time to observe all of the items and decide who has to get demoted to a neatly folded pile. When folded correctly, items like t-shirts and shorts won’t get creased easily. Through realizing this, you will be able to save a whole lot of space in the main part of the wardrobe, allowing important off-season items to stay in pristine condition.
2. Utilize Bed Storage
The great thing about bedroom storage is that it comes in so many wonderful shapes and sizes. Whether you want something standalone and bold or discreet and subtle, you’ll be sure to find a piece of storage to suit. And, when it comes to storing off-season gear, under bed storage is the way forward.
Under bed storage is great – it’s hidden so doesn’t look messy and is large enough to store as much as you like. Simply slide it under your bed or into the built-in storage compartments and get packing!
3. Use Vacuum Bags
If you truly have a lot of off-season gear and struggle to keep it under control, consider using vacuum bags. These bags create a tight seal, removing all of the air that allows your items to take up so much space. Vacuum bags don’t damage items either, meaning you can safely store them away for the whole season without worrying about the consequences.
Vacuuming your bags not only saves space, but it actually helps to keep them in pristine condition, too. We will discuss the importance of this in the next step.
4. Store Clothes In Cool Dry Places
Clothes that are stored in damp or warm places may get damaged over time – especially if they’re not in use for a while. Damp clothes start to smell funny and can even attract moths which will eventually eat away at the material. The last thing you want is to return to your beloved clothes, only to find they’re covered in holes and are now unwearable! Don’t forget to pack your steam iron & clothes steamer.
To keep your clothes damage-free for years to come, store them in cool dry places at all times. Whether this is under bed storage or your wardrobe, make sure that the clothes will not encounter any water or super warm sunlight.
5. Have Fun With Labels
If you’re organization-obsessed, get the label maker out and have some fun. Storing off-season gear is all fun and games until it’s time to switch the items in your wardrobe around, but with help from labels, you’ll easily be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Labeling items also helps to store clothes properly, too. It’s wise to keep the same items together so that you know exactly where to head for your coats, jumpers, fluffy socks, etc. And, not to mention, labels are incredibly satisfying to create.
6. Be Strict With Yourself
When it comes to storing off-season gear, you will soon realize what clothes you actually get used out of and what clothes stay unworn all year round.
Every time you have an organization blitz, ask yourself if you have worn that particular item in the last year. If the answer is no, consider taking it to a thrift shop or donating it to someone else. This will not only give you a sense of accomplishment but it will also help to make storing all of your other clothes far easier. You’ll soon have space for everything you need for all of the seasons!
Being strict with yourself also prevents you from buying unnecessary items in the future. You would have already realized you don’t need a particular item, eliminating the desire to purchase another. Over time, you’ll notice your bank balance thanking you for this small lifestyle change.
Embrace The Seasons Without A Single Worry
With these six top tips, there’s nothing stopping you from becoming an organizational expert. These small simple tasks will keep your room uncluttered, making it a far more pleasant place to be. You’ll no longer have to frantically rummage through your wardrobe either as everything you need for the season will be right in front of you. There are just so many positives that come from taking the time to prepare for the season ahead!
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