Let’s be honest: Some of us have snowman platters that live in our kitchen cabinets year-round. And come springtime, we’re not sure where we stashed our flip-flop collection. Luckily for us, there’s no shortage of organization advice to help set our seasonal gear straight.
Here are some seasonal storage tips that will help you get organized!
Evaluate your space. Find an unused space in your house, and make the most of it. Work with what you have. Carefully take inventory not only of spaces that you can use for your everyday goods, but also where you can stash things you won’t need for months. Get matching containers. If you buy all one brand of boxes or totes, they’ll stack – utilize vertical space. Also, recycle your totes all year so they’re never sitting empty.
For seasonal clothing storage, thin the herd. As you begin to clear out the clothes in your closet try everything on. If it didn’t get worn that season, let it go. If it doesn’t fit properly, let it go. If a button is broke and never got fixed, cut your losses and toss it.
For the clothes that make the cut, try using thin storage boxes or totes that can slide under your bed, where they’ll be easily accessible.
For coats and other outerwear, it’s ideal if you have an extra closet. If you don’t have extra hanging space, create some with a portable closet that you can tuck into a laundry or guest room. Or, worst-case scenario: Tuck them into garment bags that you hang in the depths of your bedroom closet.
It’s best to keep your family’s out-of-season accessories (like gloves and scarves, or sun hats and flip-flops) in a plastic storage box, stored wherever you have the space. Keep the in-season ones in fabric bins on a shelf in your front closet or mudroom. Each person gets his own bin, to make life easier on the way out the door. When the seasons change, dump the bins in the storage box and refill them with the new season’s gear.
When you’re storing seasonal home items like special dishes, candles and décor, look for an unused space in your house — someplace out of the way. Put them in a box, label it and stash it until the seasons change. And remember, you don’t need a box for each season — recycle the same ones year-round.
There’s obviously no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to storage — seasonal or not. But with some inexpensive boxes and a little creative thinking, you can reclaim your everyday space and save rummaging-around time when the seasons change again.
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