Preparing things for storage
Perhaps for some this advice will seem obvious, but most of us do not care about seasonal cleaning of clothes and put them away until the next season immediately after wearing them. We recommend thoroughly cleaning the clothes, drying them — then you can be sure of their safety.
It is better to give fur products to dry cleaning. If not possible, vacuum the fur and dry it. Down jackets can most often be machine washed on a delicate cycle. Warm sweaters too, but hand wash is better for cashmere products. Coats can also be dry-cleaned or washed by hand.
Once your winter clothes are clean and dry, it’s time to find the right storage for them.
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Ideas for compact storage
1. Send fur coats to the closet on the balcony
Fur coats need coolness. Unfortunately, a special refrigerator is too luxurious a solution for a city apartment, so we manage with little bloodshed — storage on the loggia. A closet on a loggia is one of the most obvious options for a compact storage system in an apartment of any size, but most often we do not store things on the balcony, we are afraid that they will deteriorate. With fur outerwear, you can not be afraid of this — put a small closet on the loggia and store fur coats there.
The cabinet will fit into a small wall with a minimum gap, and will not take up much space.
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2. Put down jackets, jackets, sweaters in vacuum bags
A productive idea is to put bulky things in vacuum bags. Seasonal jackets, down jackets, sweaters and even warm blankets can be placed in special bags, from which oxygen is pumped out by a vacuum cleaner, reducing their volume by several times.
Tip: choose large vacuum bags, they have the best space-saving efficiency.
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3. Store shoes in boxes and label each pair
The easiest solution is to buy cardboard boxes and put winter shoes in them. In order to make it easier for yourself to find the right pair for the next season, sign the boxes. Keeping shoes in bags is not the most far-sighted decision. First, a large number of mismatched packets create a mess. And he, as we have already found out above, is the main enemy of a beautiful interior. Secondly, the boxes can be placed compactly on several shelves and pull out the right pair if necessary, without opening each of them one by one.
Just putting shoes on shelves in a closet or dressing room is not the best option. Dust will still accumulate on leather and suede, you will have to clean them periodically and waste your time.
4. Put the hats in special boxes
If you are a fan of hats, not hats, do not neglect their proper storage. Leaving the hat on the top shelf is not the best option. Felt, wool or any other material gets dirty quickly and will need to be cleaned again before wearing next season. The same cardboard boxes you bought for the shoes will also be a good storage option for the hats.
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5. Use usable space
The space under the bed or the top shelves in the closets, which are often not used due to inaccessibility, are places that can be used to their full potential, especially in small apartments. To avoid creating visual clutter, use special storage containers in closets and designer boxes/baskets for space under the bed. In such boxes you can put warm sweaters, scarves, hats.
Photo: IKEA USA
6. Find unusual solutions
If there is critically not enough space for storing winter clothes either in closets or under the bed, it’s time to fantasize. Find vintage suitcases or chests and put things in there — such storage systems can be used as decor in a room, not hidden.
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7. Use dedicated scarf hangers
To save space on the shelves in the closet or in the dressing room, a special hanger will help you, on which you can hang more than 10 scarves and leave them in the closet.
Tip: If you have woolen or cashmere scarves, it’s best to store them folded as the material can stretch. The hanger option is suitable for silk or acrylic accessories.
Photo: IKEA USA
8. Take care of the necessary accessories
Before you fold your warm clothes for the next season, make sure you have all the necessary accessories: hangers, coat cases, boxes and vacuum bags, containers. It is much easier to place all the clothes at once than to gradually buy additional storage systems and fold everything again — this way you can lose valuable usable space.