How to Organize and Store Summer Clothes

How to Organize and Store Summer Clothes

As fall comes closer, use these helpful tips to pack summer clothes for the season.

By: Jennifer Lifford

It’s time to start thinking about embracing cooler weather and making room for fall clothes. Shorts, sandals and bathing suits will soon be replaced by sweaters, pants and jackets. Follow these simple steps and get your closet cleaned, organized and ready for fall in no time.

Do the Prep Work
Remove all clothing and accessories from the closet and give the room a thorough cleaning. Wipe down shelving or drawers, dust and vacuum or clean the floors. A fresh slate is easier to tackle.

Find the Keepers
Sort clothing into two piles; One pile with clothes you still wear and a second with clothing that no longer fits or you don’t wear.

Tip: Don’t bother storing clothes you no longer wear. Be a little ruthless — if you didn’t wear it this season, get rid of it!

Clean Everything
Ensure that all clothes are free of stains before storing them. Stains can set in, become very difficult to remove and attract insects if left all winter.

Tip: Make sure each piece has thoroughly dried to prevent mold or mildew.

Sort by Category
Store similar items together so that everything will be easily accessible when spring rolls around.

Tip: For children’s clothing, sort by size to save for hand-me-downs.

Space-Saving Storage Ideas
Don’t want to load up your closet? Scout a location that’s clean, dry and well ventilated.

  • Use bins that slide underneath your bed for extra storage space.
  • Employ stacking bins that can be built up into a taller, narrower space.
  • Suitcases that you won’t use throughout the winter make perfect space-saving storage.

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Tip: If you are storing garments in a closet that’s used year round, place items towards the back or high up on shelves so the in-season articles remain easily accessible.

Tip: Keep items together in one area rather than spread though different locations so that they’ll be easier to find later.

Choose Storage Containers
Try a variety of containers to store and protect clothing from pests and moisture:

Vacuum Storage Bags
If you’re short on space, vacuum storage bags can triple storage space by removing all of the air and compressing clothing. Bags come in a variety of sizes, and some can hang too.

Plastic Totes
Clear plastic containers with lids are ideal for storing clothing. Clean them with a disinfectant cleaner and line them with tissue paper to help absorb moisture.

Fabric Storage Bags
If you’re going to be using fabric storage bags, run them through the wash first. Ensure they’ve dried thoroughly before storing to prevent mold and mildew.

Tip: Label your containers! Place a label in a place that’s easily visible to remember what’s inside and find all of your items come spring.

Protect Your Clothing
Keep clothes protected and smelling fresh by adding one of these to storage containers:

  • Lavender sachet: Lavender helps to repel moths, smells lovely and is anti-fungal.
  • Cedar chip sachet: Cedar naturally repels moths, carpet beetles and helps absorb odors.
  • Chalk: Wrap pieces of chalk together to help absorb excess moisture from the air.

Don’t Forget the Accessories
Seasonal purses, jewelry, scarves and shoes should be sorted and stored along with clothes. This is a great time to simplify and get rid of accessories you no longer use.

Jennifer is the author of the blog Clean & Scentsible, where she shares her passion for organizing, crafting and home décor. She is a mom of two boys and enjoys coming up with fun activities to celebrate the holidays and everyday life with her family.

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