Guess what time it is? Yep, it’s time for some home organization strategies on how to organize seasonal clothes.
Today let’s take some time to swap out your off season clothes and organize your closet for the summer. March 20th is the first day of Springs. It may still be cold where you are, but right now is the time you should start thinking about what you want to take out of your drawers and seasonal closets.
Some might think that throwing your clothes in a cardboard box and storing it under the bed is the easiest way to organize your closet by season. It may be easy, but it isn’t good for your clothes. We are going to share with you some tips for seasonal swapping, storing, and organizing your clothes by season.
If you have been following us, you know that we have been helping you with organizing your closet, and this is one more step to getting your seasonal closet organized using the Pomodoro technique.
Things You’ll Need for Today’s Seasonal Swapping:
- About an hour of Time
- 25-Minute Timer
- Storage Bins
We all like to save space and organize our closet by season, but many of us don’t usually take the time to get it done. That is why we suggest using the Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro technique allows you to focus for 25 minutes straight on your task at hand, and take a 5-minute break.
5 Tips How to Store Your Off Season Clothes & Keep Them Organized
Since we have already helped you closet organization in our previous blogs, now we want to share with you some great tips on how to switch out seasonal clothing.
1. Vacuum Your Closet
Unfortunately, we are all prone to getting those yucky little insects in our homes. Once you get your closet cleaned out, take a few minutes with the vacuum and run it along the floor along the walls. You may even want to take it a step further and run the vacuum up the corners of the closet and along the top shelves.
2. Clean Your Clothes Before You Store Them
Clean clothing helps to resist pests. Not to mention, if you have an invisible spot on your clothing, it can oxidize and become permanent stains during the time the item is stored. Summer clothes, in particular, can start to smell toward the end of the season.
Today’s absorbent activewear, which is great while you work out, not so much while they are stored away, they can easily harbor bacteria.
A great way to wash your clothes would be with a half a cup of baking soda and immediately put them in the dryer to stop new bacteria blooms.
Launder each item before storing it away for the season.
Tip: When cleaning before storage, avoid using bleach, fabric softener, sizing or starch. These items are a virtual buffet line for insects.
3. Don’t Use Cardboard Boxes to Store Your Clothes
Avoid storing clothing in cardboard boxes for two reasons.
- Cardboard boxes can break down over time and
- They attract insects.
For short-term storage, a week or two until your new storage bins show up, cardboard is fine.
We also suggest using plastic containers with lids.
Be sure these containers aren’t airtight. Air circulation will help avoid mold and mildew.
To allow for air movement in your plastic containers, you can always drill several small holes in the top and sides of the container before filling them.
Your clothing needs to breathe.
The best storage container for your seasonal clothing is made of either linen or cotton. We found these storage containers:
Linen Fabric Foldable Collapsible Storage Cube Bin Organizer Basket with Lid for you to check out.
When it comes time to swap your seasonal clothes back out, you want to be able to find them easily.
The best way to do that is to put a sticky note on the top of your storage bin letting you know what is in the container.
We suggest a sticky note because when the season is over, you can easily replace the label with a new one. It’s all about getting organized and staying organized! 😃
5. Clean, Cool, Dark, and Dry
Your storage area must be all four of these to protect your clothing. If you are not keeping your clothes in your closet space, you want to clean the area before storing your clothes for the season. Make sure the storage area is dry because wetness will attract mildew and insects. The space under your bed is a perfect place to store seasonal clothes and shoes. Under the bed is usually unused space can provide excellent protection for your clothing.
Inspiration for Closet Organization
We have enjoyed sharing with you our seasonal swapping tips on how to organize your closet and store your off season clothes, and we would like to see how your progress is coming along.
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