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Clever and Creative Ways to Store Winter Clothing
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Spring is here and summer is not far away! Along with warmer weather and pretty flowers, it’s time for spring cleaning and organizing! One of the ways you can get started with your spring cleaning is by changing out your seasonal clothes and finding clever and creative ways to store winter clothing. However, you’ve probably acquired a few possessions over the past year and have nowhere to put all of your winter gear. Never fear! Kelly Mahan and Patricia Leitao, both writers for homeyou.com, and I have rounded up seven clever ways for you to store your winter clothes by maximizing the existing space in your home.
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Sometimes there is no need to reinvent the wheel and this is one of those times. Yes, it is spring and some, because of space, have to change out their closets. And with that in mind sometimes we need to think outside of the box. So come with me as we revisit a previous and very relevant blog post.
Keep, Donate, or Trash
The first step in storing your winter clothing is to go through your jackets, sweaters, and boots to see what you should actually keep. If you have clothes that you haven’t worn all winter, you may want to consider donating them or returning them if they still have the tags on. By culling your winter wardrobe, you’ll have an easier time finding places to store your clothing. Donate gently worn jackets, boots, gloves, hats, and scarves and throw out anything with rips, holes, or tears. Keep only the clothes that you know you’re going to wear next winter.
Under Your Bed
The space under your bed isn’t just for dust bunnies anymore. Put that space to use by buying long, flat storage bins to keep your winter clothes in. Or, if you’re a DIY master, you can build your own under-the-bed storage bins and customize them to make them match the style of your bedroom as a whole and also make them flow seamlessly with the design of your bed.
Under Your Floorboards
If you don’t have room under your bed but do have hardwood flooring in your home, make use of the space under your floor for storage! Hidden storage under your floorboards is perfect for storing anything and everything. From winter clothing to expensive jewelry, floorboards can hide it all! If you’re handy and love a good DIY project, you can transform your floor into extra storage space in a weekend.
In Your Garage
If you’re lucky enough to have a garage with your home, chances are it’s already full of old books, clothing, tools, and the like. More often than not, changing the way you organize your garage can free up massive amounts of space you didn’t know you had! While the possibilities of organizing your garage are limitless, many people forget about using vertical space as the ceiling. If you don’t have time to completely reorganize your garage, consider having ceiling-mounted racks installed in your garage to hold plastic bins full of your winter clothing.
Under (or In) Your Stairs
May I add right here that I think this is brilliant!!!!
The stairs in your home are full of unused storage potential. By doing a little remodeling, you can create an incredible amount of extra storage space in your home. Turn the space under the stairs into an extra closet or series of drawers or put the steps of your stairs to work by turning them into individual storage spaces. You’ll be surprised at how much you can store under your stairs!
In Your Furniture
For small homes with very little storage space, you need to get creative. Double-duty furniture is your new best friend. Ottomans are great for storing winter blankets and pillows. Fill chests and suitcases with your winter clothes and use them as tables. There are some really ingenious pieces of stylish furniture available that can help you with all of your storage needs.
Make Use of Vertical Space
Last, but not least, use as much vertical space as possible. If you look around your home, chances are you’ll have a ton of unused, open space on your walls and ceilings. Now, you probably shouldn’t go storage-happy and start putting shelves up everywhere and hanging ceiling storage in your living room because it will most likely look awful, but there are certainly places in your home where you can make use of this vertical space without sacrificing style. If you’re lucky enough to have closets with tall ceilings, go ahead and put in some ceiling-mounted racks there. If your guest room has an empty wall, consider putting in a tall dresser or stylish shelving unit.
There are plenty of ways to store your winter clothes no matter the size of your home. When considering how you want to store and organize your seasonal clothing, look at your home from top to bottom and figure out which method works best for you.
There are also other more practical storage ideas as well. And if you are looking for something a little less complicated, shop the links below.
For more practical, creative, and practical storage ideas, please visit The Happy DIY Home for 30 additional ideas. You’ll be glad you did.
Do you have a special hiding place for your winter clothes? If so, where and how do you store your winter items?
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