Storing Out of Season Clothing

Storing Out of Season Clothing, Stack of folded sweaters in different colors
Out of season clothing can take up a lot of space in your dresser drawers. Storing seasonally inappropriate clothing can help free up space, and make the current season's clothing more accessible. This page is about storing out of season clothing.

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September 30, 2011

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

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May 26, 2005

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

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November 10, 2004

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.

By Joesgirl

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March 12, 2012

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.

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August 11, 2015

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.

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May 30, 2019

What cedar chips are best to repel moths? Can I store a wool coat from the cleaners in a plastic bag?


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May 30, 20190 found this helpful

They sell moth proof garment bags. But I would just put your coat in a garment bag. Then put cedar chips.

I buy my cedar from The Container Store:

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I do not store woolens in the plastic bags. They need to breathe. It is important to wash or dry clean them at the end of the season.


Moths are attracted to the body oils left behind unwashed articles.

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Cleaners have bags for woolen garments so, if possible, ask for these when having coats cleaned.
Otherwise you will need cloth garment bags but you can use a cotton sheet in a pinch. Just try to wrap it around your coat and fasten opening with clothespins. Wrap the bottom so it seals.
You can purchase cedar chips or cedar planks to put in bag before sealing.
Clothes have to be very clean or bugs will find a dirty spot.
Cedar planks can be refreshed by sanding with any type sandpaper.


Both types of cedar can be purchased at Walmart / Target type stores.

Do not use cardboard boxes as the glue attracts bugs.
If your storage area/closet has high humidity you may need to burn a small light bulb most of the; keep the door open or use moisture capture bags as moisture will also harm woolen clothes.

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