Storage ideas for your winter clothes
When you live in a warm state like myself, you don’t have the need to keep all your winter ski gear out all winter long. So what are we suppose to do with all the pants, jackets, hats, gloves, and socks- oh my! Well, we have to be clever and organized about how we can store them so that way they will be easy to find and ready for the next ski trip. Here are few tips that I have found helpful for when you need to pack those winter clothes away.
- Wash everything before you plan on storing it because it can get moldy and attract bugs. Use Maggie’s tip on washing ski pants located here.
- Organize your gear and there are a few ways to do this. One is to separate by like items such as jackets in one pile, kid pants, adult pants, hats and gloves together, etc. That way if you have kids the same size, you just grab that one bag and search for the size that they need. Another idea is to separate each person into a pile, so that they just have to grab that bag with their name on it.
- After you have decided on how to separate your piles then figure out how you are going to store them. I like to use bins to store all of my winter gear because I can take it out and sort through it whenever I want to see who will fit in what for the ski season. They are just stored in the back of my closet and the kids can get to them easily. My sister-in-law did not want big bins around so she uses the large vacuum bags and she just pushes all the air out of them so they become compact. The wonderful things about these are when you are ready to pack for your trip you can just toss the whole bag in your suitcase and you are ready to go. It takes up less space and it makes everything very compact for travel. She loves these bags because they do not take up a lot of room and she can store them under a bed or in a closet.
- Lastly, when you have finished putting everything away do not forget about adding something to deter those yucky bugs from your nice gear. I have read that cedar, lavender, a dryer sheet or moth balls are all great items to add. I am going to try the lavender this year because I love the smell and it is a more natural way to keep my kid's equipment chemical-free.
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