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My daughter and I just went through this the other day. All her clothes were in a jumble all over the floor. We took them all out and put them on the bed. Then, we sorted through them. The long sleeved shirts, jeans, and dresses went into her closet on hangers. The short sleeved shirts and "little" clothes: i.e. socks, underthings, went into the dresser. The summery things all went into a tote that is now up on the shelf of her closet to keep for next warm season. If we get some warmer than now weather soon, the summery type clothes are still within easy reach, but they are not cluttering up the room or the dresser.
I don't have as many clothes as my daughter, so my summery type clothes are in the bottom drawer of my dresser and in the drawer right next to it are my autumn knit tops and just on top of that drawer are my winter sweaters. My long sleeved shirts, pants, and dresses are all hung in my closet.
By Donna S. from Beatrice, NE
At the end of each season, I make sure all the clothes of that season and washed, you don't have to iron any that usually iron, but they must be clean. I fold everything neatly and put in a large tote (or size needed) and store in my laundry room. Or anywhere you have room for it.
When I change seasons in our kids' closets, I pack up the clothes in a Rubbermaid container and mark the size and gender. So when the next season comes around, I can either pass them down or sell them at a consignment sale.
By Michelle M
To store my out of season clothing, I purchased sturdy suitcases and store my out of season clothing in them. I add a fabric softner sheet inside the suitcases. I then store the suitcase under the bed or in an extra closet. This works good for me and I paid very little for the suitcases at yardsales and some I recieved from family when they were updating thier traveling supplies.
By HAPPYINHARNED from Harned, Ky
Save space and view clothes easily by using vacuum bags that come in multiple sizes. Take clean folded clothes and place in vacuum bags then just suck out the air with a vacuum cleaner. It's fun to see the big pile of clothes just shrink to 1/4 its size.
Use one of those storage boxes that can fit under your bed. I store out of season clothing there. Right now summer pajamas, shorts, short sleeve jerseys, bathing suits are stored in it. I'm sure you get the picture.
I do have a lot of clothes that I've accumulated over the years. I used to keep them in bins, but it took so many bins that they got cumbersome. So I came up with another solution so that now my clothes don't take up so much space and I can store them all in one or two bins.
I got the idea one day when I was using my food storage vacuum machine. I decided to try putting clothes in there and vacuuming all the air out. I had previously tried the so-called "Space Bags" but the air comes right back into the bags before long. I had even tried contacting the company, but in the end I had spent several hundred dollars on the bags and had the same problem with them all.
But the food storage bags keep the air out indefinitely! So I put one or two items into a bag and sealed it. It stayed small and flat all through the season. For larger items I needed larger bags. So I "created" some by cutting down one side of the roll and making a seal with the machine along the side and then again at the bottom. This way I can seal sweaters and such into them. And for coats I simply make even bigger bags.
By doing this I can store what used to take 5-6 large bins into what now takes only 1 large bin and one smaller bins.
I know this sounds like a lot of work, but in the end it's worth it. Now I have more space in my storage room and under my beds for other things. And I only have to do it twice a year.
Also, I am able to reuse these bags too as long as I cut close to the seam when opening.