Clever and Creative Ways to Store Winter Clothing

There's Even a Sneaky Idea for Putting Away Gloves, Hats, and Scarves

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Storing winter clothes in a pint-sized home has its challenges. Here are some tips and tricks for packing away your out-of-season wardrobe.

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    How to Prepare Your Winter Clothing for Storing

    It takes a little prep work to store winter clothing correctly. Here's where to start:

    • Edit, edit, edit: Are you holding on to sweaters and coats you haven't worn in years? Do you have a collection of mismatched gloves and leaky boots? The latter items should be pitched. Wearable items that are in gently worn condition should be donated.
    • Clean clothing and footwear: Your winter gear must be cleaned before storing. Soiled items that can't be washed or dry cleaned like winter shoes and boots should be wiped or brushed. Doing so will prevent dirt from setting into your stuff.
    • Take steps to repel pests: Prevent moths from munching on your stored sweaters with an eco-friendly moth repellent. You buy cedar, lavender or cinnamon sachets.  If you prefer to DIY check out my Pinterest page.
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    Turn Winter Boots into Mini Storage Units

    In my home, we keep hats, gloves, and scarfs stashed in the IKEA Trones in our entryway during the winter. When spring rolls around those items are used to stuff my tall winter boots so, they keep their shape. Here's how:

    Step 1: I make sure my boots are clean and dry inside and out.  This chore involves brushing all the debris from the bottom and wiping down the exterior and interior of each boot.

    Step 2: I place a sachet of baking soda inside each boot and let it sit for 24 hours.

    Step 3: The next day I take the sachet out and replace it with a fresh one.

    Step 4: Afterward I line each boot with a thin, clean rag made from an old sheet or shirt.

    Step 5: Next I stuff clean winter hats, scarfs and gloves into airtight food storage bags.

    Step 6: Then I use the filled storage bags to stuff my boots.

    When the task is complete, my boots are placed on a shelf in my closet. The shelf is one foot above the floor. I keep my warm weather shoes under the shelf.

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    Vacuum Pack Your Winter Gear

    You know those vacuum space bags that are used to compress packed clothing? I wasn't a fan for a long time because I couldn't find a great spot to store the filled bags. Then I found the garment bag version of this product.  It doubled the hanging space in my closet.

    Note: Space bags have a downside. When you take clothes out, they are super duper wrinkled.

    Tip: Got some empty luggage?  That's also a great spot to stash space bags filled with clothing.  You can also utilize wasted space with corner cabinets.

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    Rethink Where You Store Winter Clothing

    Think you don't have room to spare? Maybe you need to rethink your space.

    Kitchen: In my last apartment I stored off-season clothing and shoes in my kitchen cabinets.

    Got a bad view? In my current apartment, I have one deep windowsill that faces a brick wall in the back of my building. We covered the window with a frosted privacy film, and now we use the deep still to store off-season items including clothing, snowboard equipment, and a bicycle. A curtain conceals our smart storage solution.

    Tip: A Murphy bed is a great way to store the bed.