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Thursday, March 13 2008

Spring is about to be sprung!  As the days quickly pass, the chance of getting a big snow storm in the Philadelphia area diminishes - yeah!  (You might be able to tell I am not a winter person - I love the summer.)

Well, since Spring officially begins next week, I thought it would be a good time to provide some Quick Tips for A Better Space when it comes to how to store out of season clothing.  
With a large closet, people are often tempted to keep all their clothes in the one spot and not rotate clothing seasonally. Unfortunately, this sometimes creates cramped closets and makes it hard to see what you really have in your current wardrobe. 

If you have a smaller closet, this is even more of an issue. 

If you can relate to this situation, I would suggest the following:

Store out-of-season clothing in plastic under-the bed containers or pretty cardboard boxes that can fit on top of your closet shelf.

Folded clothes should be stored with acid and dye-free tissue paper so they won’t be as wrinkled when pulled out for next season.

Fragrant, insect-repelling herb sachets are a good alternative to mothballs. They will keep your clothing smelling fresh and well protected without being potentially harmful to your family and the environment.

Any out of season clothes that need to be hung should be stored at the very back of the closet since they do not need to be readily accessible.  They should be stored in a garment bag to keep them clean and dust free in the off-season.  Avoid using dry cleaner bags for this purpose.  They should not be used at all, in fact, for any type of clothing protection and storage.  They trap the dry cleaning chemicals which stay on your clothes and can be harmful to your health and the environment.  Your clothes need to breathe so cloth garment bags are suggested. 

This is also a great time to look at what you have not worn the past season and get rid of it.  Chances are you won't wear it next year either.  Why pack away something you will not be wearing.  Make room for new purchases next Fall instead! 

You will need to start planning a time to set aside to convert your wardrobe from Winter to Spring and Summer so be prepared with the proper tools to do so.

For more information and assistance on this topic or any organizing issue you might have, feel free to contact me. I will be more than happy to help you reach your goals for organization and make your place A Better Space.

Have a great week!

Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 11:10 am   |  Permalink   |  2 Comments  |  Email
I see Ziploc has new xl vacuum storage bags for our out of season clothes. Has anyone tried these?
Posted by Kathy Dascher on 03/13/2014 - 08:52 AM
Hi Kathy - Yes. I have used these with my clients and think they work well. They are the same concept as the more well-known Space Bag. I do suggest that you air them out every six months. They are not intended for long term storage so if you are packing away clothes, be sure to open the bag in 6 months and then you can re-close it again if you decide not to use the contents. (Of course, if you continue to find that you are not using the contents, you might want to consider getting rid of the items altogether. Thank you for your question and keep them coming. If you want more information about A Better Space, don't hesitate to contact me. Happy Organizing!
Posted by Audrey on 03/13/2014 - 09:57 AM

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