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Smarter Home: Pack Away Those Winter Clothes

Posted by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Every first day of chilly weather in October, it goes like this:

Husband: Where are my gloves?

Me: Did you look in that box in the closet labeled "Winter clothes?"

Husband: Um, no.

And two minutes later, he emerges with his gloves in hand.

Ah, clothes storage. I'm a firm believer that the key to any home is storage. I'm a sticker for organization - and when you live in a 450-square-foot one-bedroom apartment, it is not only a nice thing, it's a necessity to have be organized, to have a place for everything to go. To say I am a tad obsessed with organization boxes and bins is an understatement. 

I've been known to snuggle with my label maker.

I love it whenever the seasons change purely for the fact it means I get to reorganize the closets. As we break out new wardrobe staples, organization does maximum duty. We change out the must-haves, swapping gloves and scarves with bathing suits and shorts...which means Mama gets to find a good place for everything to go. Goody for me!

What's my favorite organization tool to stash winter goods? I do like the plastic see-through bins and smushy underbed bags. The bonus there is you can see what's inside and locate items uber-fast if you have to...not sure why, per se, but always a nice option. Plus think about the underbed area -- what else are you using it for except hosting a family of dust bunnies?

Also on my fave list: garment covers for the closet. The ideal place for coats, the puffy ones, the parkas, the wool suits, whatever. They are protected, but also out of sight, leaving room for your cute new trench coat and that rain coat and windbreaker for chilly spring afternoons.

Share your favorite clothes storage tips!

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by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Mrs.Pool2Be
by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 6:00 AM

My DH has a trunk from when he was in the army and that is where he stores all his winter clothes.  I don't have that many to store so mine all goes a bottom drawer of my dresser.

mrswillie
by CeeCee on Apr. 5, 2012 at 7:29 AM

I really don't store my close seasonally.  

RutterMama
by Silver Member on Apr. 5, 2012 at 7:31 AM
I don't either. But these are great tips!

Quoting mrswillie:

I really don't store my close seasonally.  

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the3Rs
by Bronze Member on Apr. 5, 2012 at 8:25 AM
DH & I don't, but I do store the kids' clothes seasonally. We built 2 new storage rooms in our basement. They store a variety of things (holiday decor, overflow pantry items, etc) but one has a long bar for hanging all coats/jackets. The other stores large buckets of kids clothes. They are see through & I slide a piece of paper in the front showing what sizes are in that bucket. So switching seasons is pretty easy. In fact I JUST switched out this week during their Spring Break. :)
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erienne06
by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 8:32 AM
We store ours in one of those plastic bins. I also store winter clothes in the duffel bag of our lugguage.
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amy7243
by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 8:35 AM
we do the under bed bags too.
amy7243
by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 8:35 AM
we need better storage for our coats and gloves though!
Madelaine
by Ruby Member on Apr. 5, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I have to do that this weekend.  Thanks for the tips!!

nlonnon
by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 10:00 AM

We don't really store our clothes, thank goodness I have a coat closet!  However, these are good tips that if I change my mind I'll refer back to!

lizzig
by Ruby Member on Apr. 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

 living in the south we don't really have any winter clothes.  no boots, out winter coats are very big & bulk, no heavy sweaters, etc.  which is a good thing because living in an apartment we don't have much storage space for packing away seasonal clothes.  the only thing that i really do with the cooler weather clothes is simple to move them in the kids dresser.  i'll put the long sleeve shirts & pants in the top drawers & move the t's & shorts to the bottom drawers where the kids & get to them easily.

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