“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.
“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.
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).
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.
“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.