The final, fleeting days of summer are upon us; I'm already seeing change on the morning horizon and falling leaves whilst driving to work. And with a change in season, comes a change in clothing — though you might be fighting it, the time to store summer clothing and pull out your heavier fall fare has arrived. While some of us more organized than others and have a system in place for storing summer clothes in a spare closet or an unused set of drawers, others have no extra space in which to store their clothing. No matter what your lot, I hope that each of us can take something from the following suggestions on clothing storage and use it in our own wardrobes. With proper organization, you can fully utilize even the smallest of storage spaces!
Whether a go-to piece in your everyday wardrobe or an article of clothing you're putting away for the off-season, clothing needs proper air circulation and space. When you try to squeeze too many pieces into a small space for a long period of time, chances are that your clothes will come out of the drawer or off the shelf permanently damaged and misshaped. Also, when storage space is too tight, you'll find you have trouble getting to your everyday clothes, which is another reason why proper organization is the key to a fully functional closet and wardrobe.
The solution for maximizing use of space is simple, really: Take an inventory of the clothing you plan to style during the coming season (in this case, Fall/Winter), and organize the clothes you plan to put in storage by sorting it accordingly. Blouses, sweaters, lingerie, and fine garments; pants, skirts, dresses, and shorts. Once you've done this, decide which pieces will be most frequently used over the next few months, and which you might not wear at all. Then, dedicate at least one drawer (or shelf) to your tops and bottoms, and everything in between. Store less worn clothing in the back of your closet, and in your lowest drawer.
In the closet, cothing can be hung on either silk or cedar hangers. I find silk hangers work best for hanging delicate fabrics like silk and cashmere, whereas cedar hangers are favourable for hanging more heavy fabrics and bottoms. Cedar also imparts a refreshing fragrance and is a natural safeguard against moths. Clothing you plan to store in drawers or on shelves can be sorted according to material — silks and linens; light knits and summer-weight cashmere; cottons and polyblends. California Closets makes a fantastic multi-functional plastic divider, that can adapt to either a drawer or a closet shelf. This will ease the often daunting task of sorting and storing your clothing, and it will also provide easy access and visibility to your clothes.
Shop these suggestions:
Whitmor Covered Hangers, $12.99 for a set of 10, Target
Cedar Hangers (assorted styles), $8.99-$9.99, Bed Bath & Beyond
Custom Closet Accessories, call for consult, California Closets