I love sweater weather. Nothing feels cozier than wrapping yourself in an extra warm layer as the temperatures drop. The one problem? As soon as I swap out my summer clothes for my winter gear, I remember how much room that stuff takes up. It can be hard to keep your warm clothes both organized and easily accessible.
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Here are a few simple ideas to help you store your cold weather wardrobe during the next few months:
Create a Closet
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Some homes, especially older houses, don’t have enough closet space. Once the colder weather hits, it may feel like your home is bursting with bulky coats, sweatshirts and sweaters. If you’re not ready for a full remodel at the moment, look around for a corner where you might be able to carve out a closet area. Companies like California Closets sell organizers that can be customized for your space or you can simply get creative with prefab dressers, bookshelves and tension rods that might get the job done for less.
Bin There, It’s Crate
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You may not be great at folding and stacking sweaters perfectly and even if you are, you might not want to spend hours doing it. In the season where sweaters, sweatshirts and scarves are shrugged on and off all the time, think about designating some big bins, baskets or crates to keep them in. This storage option is a kid-friendly way to keep your closets looking good without taking on a part time folding job.
Protect from Pests
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Nothing is worse than pulling out your winter wear and finding that someone’s been snacking on your favorite sweaters over the summer. Even if you don’t have a dream closet like this one, there’s a great tip here – moth protection. There are some very affordable cedar plank liners for closets available at most hardware stores. If you have smaller closets and tend to rotate your seasonal close to an attic or basement, CedarSafe also makes cedar drawer liners that can keep the holes out of your sweaters all year long, in whatever container they’ve been stored.
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Sometimes the simplest solutions work best. A lot of us have a whole lot of unused room under our bed. Look into some under-the-bed storage drawers and store your sweaters while you sleep. If the drawers themselves remain visible, look for some affordable, yet stylish options like this gorgeous and graphic storage box.
And if you find a well-loved sweater has run its course, think about repurposing it as a preppy pillow. Now you can store your old favorite in plain sight.
So tell me, how do you tame your out of control outerwear?