by Joel Mark
(New York, USA)
Spring is in the air. Are exciting images of warm sunshine and the season’s first tulips dancing in your head? Are you waiting for the day you can leave your home without boots and a coat?
While it might be too early to pack up the winter boots and coats right now, it’s not too early collect a few good ideas on just where you’ll store all the cold weather gear when the time comes.
Especially if you had difficulty finding last year’s winter weather paraphernalia, it makes sense to be better prepared this year by having a home for it all. So if you’re looking for ways to fill your time during the last dark days of winter, get your spring renewal started by creating organized storage spaces.
There are so many unique methods and products to use to store items. Rather than packing all that winter gear into your front hall closet where you’ll have glimpses of it all summer long, why not create an out-of-site solution.
If you’re ready to get a head start on a new season, here are a few ideas to consider in planning for your spring storage:
1. Ideally, you have an extra closet somewhere in the house and the lightweight spring jackets and summer sandals that might be stored there merely need to be traded with your winter wear and bins of hats and mitts.
2. If you have no such extra space, you might want to transform your main closet by installing a closet organizing system. The idea is that you will be able to access spring and summer items quickly while winter items are tucked away in drawers and hung on racks at the back of the closet.
3. A less dramatic closet transformation is to add a shelf (or two) above the existing top closet shelf. This space is often ignored and underused. After adding an extra shelf you will be amazed at how much more can be stored in your closet and how much neater it will look. It will make the perfect place for storing bins of mittens, gloves, hats and scarves.
4. Add a bench seat with a storage compartment to your hallway or even to another area of your home. Or try an over sized ottoman that opens up. These hulls are terrific for storing bulky items. Fold up snow pants and jackets placing them in neat piles inside.
5. If you have adequate space under a bed, there are varieties of under-the-bed storage containers to try. These are made of sturdy cardboard or plastic bag material with a zipper enclosure. There are also tough plastic bins with or without wheels on them that can easily be slid in or out as needed.
6. To condense the amount of space bulky winter wear takes up, try a vacuum sealing storage bag. These gizmos are amazing. Once you suck the excess air out, your package will be about a third of the size you began with. Once your items are condensed, place them on a shelf, under a bed or in a storage bin.
7. If you lack hanging space but have a storage room, there are handy roll away canvas wardrobes with sturdy hanging bars in them. The zipper enclosure will keep your clothing dust free and the roll away aspect of the unit will make it convenient to move as needed.
8. If you have an extra hanging bar in your cellar, you might want to hang a jumbo seal able garment bag from it. The bag will keep your clothes free from dust and dirt and out of sight for the spring and summer season.
Once Mother Nature starts to warm the earth you’ll be shedding your winter wear quickly. Get down to the business of preparing your storage spaces now so when the warm weather arrives, you can spend your time enjoying the outdoors instead.