Space saving storage tips

Clothing needs to be safely stored when the seasons change and one type of clothing is exchanged for another. Just as winter coats and clothing has to be collected and stored in the spring, summer clothing has to be packed and stored away when the weather gets colder. Packing up and storing clothing needs to be done in a way that everything is neat and organized so that the items can be easily found when needed again.

  • Step 1

Sort summer clothing by family member. Since any younger children you have may very well outgrow what was worn during the current summer, you may choose to combine the clothing for storing together. This will make it easier for you to access and sort through those items first when winter is over.

  • Step 2

Pick up some plastic or metal tubs with tight fitting lids to store the clothing in. You might select shallower or smaller containers for children to save some space.

  • Step 3

It’s a fairly arduous task but it probably makes sense to wash everything before it is stored away. This way you can better ensure that dirt, food or drink spills will be washed out and that the clothing will not end up with permanent stains.

  • Step 4

Make sure that all the clothes are completely dry before packing them away. If you pack any clothing or other types of summer wear that is even lightly damp, the items will ruined in the spring as mildew and other mould spores will grow on the damp spots and can transfer to other clothing items.

  • Step 5

Separate the summer clothing of older children and adults, fold the items neatly, and layer the clothing in individual tubs. Although it is your personal choice, you might consider layering the clothing by type such as shirts, light jackets, trousers, skirts, and dresses etc. This will make it easier for you to sort through things when you unpack them again and help you decide what you might need to replace or add to.

  • Step 6

You may want to put several moth balls in the tubs, both at the bottom of the tub before putting in any clothing and on top. Although moth balls have a strong and unpleasant odour, they are very effective at keeping any moths or other types of small insects that could potentially eat holes in clothing away for good.

  • Step 7

Make sure that you snap the lids on the tubs tightly until they lock into place. You can, if you wish, put tape around the edges of the lids afterward.

  • Step 8

Place more formal summer wear or dresses and light weight summer suits into heavy garment bags. You can then either hang them high on a rack in a spare room closet, basement or loft. The garment bags will help keep the items from wrinkling as more expensive and dressier clothing often needs to be dry cleaned and obviously cannot be ironed at home to remove any wrinkles.

  • Step 9

Stick labels on the lid of each container and use a black marker to write the family members name that the clothing belongs to and what is in the container.

  • Step 10

Neatly stack the tubs on a metal book case or other shelving above the floor in your loft basement of spare room. The plastic tubs, heavy garment bags, and the metal book case help ensure that your clothes will be better protected from potential flooding or plumbing leaks. Of course, it isn’t just clothes that are seasonal. This simple, space saving system extends to other things around the house. Soft furnishings like cushions, throws, duvets, bed sets and window dressings like bedroom curtains and drapes can also be stored away as the seasons change.

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