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Smarter Home: Pack Away Those Winter Clothes

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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!


by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Usually I move my stuff around! According to season!!
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by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I need to organize my seasonal stuff much better.
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by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM
All of our winter clothes are in the basement
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by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM

We just usually keep our winter clothes in the closet.

by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

 I have mine in plastic storage boxes.  We didn't use our winter clothes very much this year, it was such a warm winter (FL).  We packed them back up early and just yesterday we spent the afternoon at the was 92 degrees at 4:30pm on our way home.

by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 1:58 PM

 bags & boxes. but its still cold here.

by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 2:08 PM

every end of the season everything gets switched out. However this year it hasnt happend just yet. Just when I think its safe to put the coats and long sleves away, we get hit with another chilly spell of fall like weather and I have to hold off on pulling out the shorts. I do plan on keeping a few key pieces out, and then switching them out, right after Easter.

by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 2:16 PM

 I'm in Miami so don't have many.

by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 2:17 PM

 My heaviest things are sweat shirts and sweaters made of wool at all.

by on Apr. 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Thanks for the tips!

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