Organize for the Season
A cold bite is in the air, which means a wardrobe change. Every Fall, I pack up my summer gear in exchange for winter clothes. I just don’t have enough room in my closet for both. Here are five tips for packing up in an orderly fashion:
Invest in plastic bins. These are easy to store and keep out moisture and bugs. Get multiple sizes – maybe two of each size – so that you can squeeze them in your closet’s nooks and crannies.
Bonus: if you have extra boxes, use them to store other stuff, like the wires you’ve acquired over the years.
Wash and thoroughly dry the clothes prior to packing. Line the bin with plastic and throw in a dryer sheet for good measure. This will prevent the musty smell that seems to plague stored clothing.
For dress clothes, use a garment bag. If, like me, you really don’t have space in your bedroom closet – because winter clothing seems to be twice the width of summer clothing – go to the next tip.
I once lived somewhere with no closets; this was when garment boxes saved the day. These long, flat boxes keep dress clothes safe over the colder months.
Label your boxes, especially if there are several of them. Ensure the note is visible while the box is in storage – usually the side of the box is better than the top. This way, if you need the shirt that would be perfect with your new cardigan, you won’t have to dig through multiple boxes.
Have fun with this – model your newly rediscovered outfits; donate to charity the ones you won’t wear… this will make space for the new clothes you’ll buy!