How to Store All Your Clothes from A-Z

How to store all of your clothes from a-z
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When you decide to re-organize and store your clothing, it's easier to work item by item. Tackling your entire wardrobe at once can be daunting. Tackling a certain sets of like items is easier and more efficient. 

Accessories

 

Accessory storage will vary on the type of accessory and how often you wear it. For instance, you may store scarves folded in a drawer, but if you wear one scarf all of the time, it will be easier to store with with the coat you wear it with. The same goes for gloves, hats, belts and ties: store the ones you wear often in an easy-to-reach spot. Store the ones you wear less often in a proper storage spot. 

Bras

The best way to store bras is with drawer dividers. Lay them flat and don't fold molded bras.

Boots

Store the boots you wear every day to walk the dog or commute in a boot tray by your door. A boot tray will protect you flooring from mud, dirt, ice and salt. Store the boots you wear less often either in your entryway or clothing closet. 

Button-Downs + Blouses 

For both men’s and women’s button downs, the ideal way to store shirts is to hang them on good-quality wooden hangers.  I know it’s an investment, but the wire hangers you get at the dry cleaners are really bad for your clothes.  So are the plastic bags that your shirts return in--the plastic bags trap the dry cleaning chemicals (which are pretty harsh--I wouldn’t mess around with them) and can slowly destroy your shirts.

Always store button downs on wooden hangers (you can also use slimline hangers in a pinch) and take them off the wire hangers and out of those bags as soon as you get them home from the dry cleaners.

Better yet, bring them to the dry cleaner on their hangers and asked them to be returned the same way.

Denim

Jeans are pretty versatile because denim fabric is pretty hardy.  They can be either hung or folded.  If you want to get fancy, you can organize them by hem-length. I have jeans I wear with flat shoes and jeans I wear with boots with a bit of a heel, so I hem mine to both lengths.

Dress Pants 

Store dress pants by hanging them along the crease on wooden hangers.  Store these by color and if you want to get really organized, then store them by hem length (this won’t matter much to men, but some women hem pants for either high heels or flats).

Hosiery 

Store hosiery (panty hose, tights)  in a dresser drawer and separate them out from your socks. Trust me, this will save you time while getting dressed.  If you have an extensive collection, you may want to go a step further and separate by color.

Also: once a pair is ripped or no longer fits, throw it out immediately. There is no sense in storing hosiery that you can no longer wear and then accidentally putting them on again.

Leggings 

Sturdier leggings can be stored folded in a dresser drawer, or hung with your casual pants in the closet.

Pants 

Casual pants--not jeans, not suit or dress pants--may be folded and stored in the dresser, but if you have space, it's less wrinkly to store them in the closet.

Shoes

Shoes can be tough to store. This is another item where you should separate the shoes you wear all the time from the shoes you wear less often. Shoes that don't get worn often be can be stored high on a shelf in your closet. Store the shoes you wear all the time on the floor of your clothing or entryway closet. 

Skirts 

Store your skirts hanging in the clothes closet, and I highly, highly recommend hangers with clips.  I often try to hang a skirt on a normal hanger and it either slides off, or the hangers create a dent in the sides

You may think storing skirts would be similar t dress pants and button downs and blouses, but that’s not really the case.  Skirts are clothing items best stored by function: work skirts, fancy clothes skirts, beach/summer skirts, casual skirts.

Socks 

Store socks in the dresser or bureau, preferably in the top drawer for easy access.

Suits, Jackets + Blazers 

Store suits, jackets and blazers in the closet and hang them together, then sort by color. You don’t have to store them by color, but if you have a large collection, it may save a few second in the morning.

Remember: no wire hangers. Here’s the guide to How to Choose Hangers

Sweaters 

Sweater should be stored folded -- never hung, because hangers may stretch out the fabric-- in your dresser.  If you have the extra closet space, you can fold sweaters and store them on a shelf.  Have you ever been talking to someone and been distracted by the odd bump on their shoulder? That little pointy bump? That's what happens when you hang your sweaters. Don't do it, kids.

Underwear 

For men, store underwear in the top drawer (or a close to a top drawer in your dresser.  You may consider storing your underwear and sock in the same drawer and dividing it by half.

For women, store undies and bras in the same drawer (again, preferably the top drawer), Lay bras flat. If you have a lot of pairs of underwear, consider separating them into categories based on how you wear them. Definitely separate out specialty garments like Spanx, slips, and strapless bras. If you’re tight on space, consider storing them under the bed so you can access them easily but they are no crowding out your everyday undies.

Vintage Clothing 

Vintage items, which are typically delicate, can be stored with other clothing items, but make sure they have room to breathe. Also, consider drawer liners in your dresser to protect vintage clothing from the dresser materials.