*Guest blog post* Looking to keep your favourite winter wear in easy reach now that colder weather has rolled around? In this article Gary Lyons from the storage solutions brand Plastic Box Shop shares his top storage tips to help you organise your winter clothes, shoes, and accessories.
You’ll have no doubt found that your outfits and accessories have changed significantly over the past few weeks since the arrival of shorter days and chillier nights. But if you’re regularly rummaging to find your favourite pieces of clothing, you’re not alone. In fact, one study found that a whopping 44% of participants struggled to find items in their wardrobes at least once a month (Get Organized Now).
To make your mornings a little easier, simplify your getting ready process by taking the time to organise your winter wardrobe. If you’re looking for some inspiration, make sure to use the following storage and organisation tips.
To maximise the space you have for organising your winter clothes, shoes, and accessories, consider having a wardrobe clear-out. Not only is this a great way to make some extra room, but you may even be able to make some cash from it too! Consider selling top quality clothes which are in good condition on second hand sites, such as eBay, Vinted, or Depop. And make sure to make sustainable choices too, by donating pieces that are still in good condition to charity shops, and taking the rest to your local textile recycling bank.
If you’re looking to make extra space in your wardrobe, consider packing your summer items away in storage boxes. These can be stored under your bed, on the top of your wardrobe, or in your attic to
give you plenty of room to spread out your winter wear. When storing your clothes, opt for rolling them up rather than folding to avoid sharp creases setting in your clothes. And to prevent mould from developing in your shoes, add a pack or two of silica gel pouches to remove any dampness which may build up in the box.
Do you find yourself wearing the same clothes, shoes, and accessories often? While there’s no harm in having a few favourite staple pieces, choosing the same handful of things out of your wardrobe every day means that the rest of your clothes go to waste. So to make sure you make the most of your pieces, rotate your items often. To do this, simply put recently worn clothes, shoes, and accessories at the back of your wardrobe and chest of drawers (aside from a few important staple pieces) and bring the least worn items forward. Who knows, you may even create a new favourite outfit!
It’s easy for winter wear to become damp thanks to British weather. So remember to dry your items out thoroughly before putting them away. Not only can storing your clothes, shoes, or accessories damp ruin that specific item, but mould can develop and spread to your surrounding possessions too. Hang up clothes, scarves, and hats on a clothes horse and make sure they’re fully dry before storing them. For shoes, fill them with scrunched up newspaper to absorb the moisture and allow to dry before storing them.
If you use the storage and organisation tips above, you should be able to get ready in no time in the winter months. For more help and advice on decluttering and organising your space, make sure to check out the services offered by The Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers member Kate Galbally from Better Organised!
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