Adios, winter wardrobe! Storage ideas for your big spring clean

No storage? No problem. Here’s some expert advice on how to put away your cold-weather clothes.

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We know. You’re sick of wearing your winter coat. (Don’t get us started on sweaters, scarves and gloves.) The good news is that spring is right around the corner, which means—assuming the weather cooperates—you won’t be needing your winter items for much longer. It’s time to put them away—but how to do it if your apartment is like a shoebox? We asked NYC’s finest professional organizers for their storage ideas and expert tips.

Do your laundry first

“Clean your clothes before storing,” advises professional organizer Laura Cattano (lauracattano.com). “That will help keep moths away and keep unseen stains from setting.” Once they’re clean, toss in some lavender or cedar sachets to help repel bugs and keep your favorite outfits smelling fresh. Lisa Zaslow, founder of Gotham Organizers (gothamorganizers.com), recommends adding silica-gel desiccant packs to absorb moisture that can damage clothes.

Hide in plain sight

“If you don’t travel often, store your winter items in your luggage,” Zaslow suggests. “Or pick up some vintage suitcases at a thrift shop and stack them for visual interest.” Another tip: Toss a tablecloth over a stack of boxes and you’ve got an instant nightstand.

Outsource it

In a city where you can have everything delivered, it’s no surprise that storage-pickup service exists. Check out the Box Butler (boxbutler.com) and MakeSpace (makespace.com), which will pick up your boxes and return them when needed. “It’s a great solution for storing ski clothes and equipment,” says Sharon Lowenheim of Organizing Goddess (organizinggoddess.com).

Befriend your dry cleaner

Here’s a fact every New Yorker should know: Most dry cleaners will store things for the season if you pay to have them cleaned. “It’s a fantastic way to save space,” Cattano shares, “and you don’t have to buy any special containers.” Make a note of where you dropped your clothes off so you don’t forget over the summer.

But don’t store everything!

“Keep some of your winter clothes available all year-round,” Lowenheim urges. Cardigan sweaters also work in the spring and fall, and come in handy in the summer when office buildings crank up the air-conditioning.

Comments

5 comments
Correy S
Correy S

Finding ways to store winter clothes and accessories around my house sure was crazy to do. Especially doing it during a spring cleaning project that my family had to do. Well, how would I find a storage facility that will be able to let me use their storage units to store all of our winter clothes and accessories? http://www.surfersparadisestorage.com.au/self-storage-locations 

Ashley R
Ashley R

Getting a storage unit for winter clothes can be a good idea, especially if you have a big family. I haven't ever lived in a place that needs two sets of clothing until now, and it seems like I have too much. I think I'm going to get a storage unit, just a smaller one, to keep all my winter stuff. There are always little things that take up space too, like the snow remover for your car, and the big snow shovel. If I can get all that put away, I'll have so much extra space in my house. http://www.jpgselfstoragemb.com 

Marcus F
Marcus F

It's not a bad idea to get a storage container for winter clothes. It would help motivate me to spring clean if I had somewhere to store all my winter supplies. I don't want to get rid of them, obviously, but they're just cluttering the house in the warmer months. http://www.securityselfstoragellc.com

Kent C
Kent C

I like that you said not to store everything. There are some articles of clothing, like knit caps, that can be worn all year. I think that it is important to note that. Sometimes, you just want to wear a hat. However, you can't if it is in storage. http://www.storagestation.ca/self-storage-surrey-bc.htm