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Organize, Store Your Seasonal Clothing

Learn how to organize and store off-season clothing to make room for your winter wardrobe.

As we head into mid-October, it’s time to put away summer clothing and make room in your closet and drawers for winter clothing.

While preparing to pack away your summer wardrobe, this is the perfect time to sort through your clothing and eliminate anything you didn’t wear over the season. Those items that are in good condition can be donated to a local charity or taken to a consignment shop. Clothing that is torn, stained, or threadbare can be tossed.

As you pack and store your clothing, be sure it’s clean – you don’t want stains setting in over the winter – and remember to store like items with like items, for example capris and shorts; tanks and tees; sun dresses and skirts. The Kmart in Edgewater sells affordable Innovative Home Creations Clear Storage Bags that are great for storing out-of-season clothing. Another option for those individuals that prefer a container with more structure is the Rubbermaid Clear Latching Container also available at Kmart. Be sure to pick up a pack of Post-it Super Sticky Label Pads and a Sharpie marker for labeling your containers. You’ll want to be able to easily locate stored clothing next spring.

I will caution you not to over-stuff the containers – there’s nothing worse than opening containers filled with rumpled clothing. Bonus tip: To keep stored clothing smelling fresh over the winter, you can toss in a dryer sheet before closing the container.

You’ll also want to select a cool, dry location for storing out-of-season clothing. Places like an unfinished basement or attic aren’t good for storage because of extreme temperatures. If you don’t have a suitable location for storage, tuck the containers into the corner at the back of your closet so they are out of the way.

That’s it! You’ve now changed out your wardrobe for the season. Having the right tools on hand makes any organizing job a lot easier!

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Shannon Kendall September 10, 2013 at 09:20 AM
great tips. Thanks

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