Storing Your Winter Gear: Making Room for Summer Fun

A closet full of winter coats and jackets on hangers.

The sun is shining, pools are open, and baseball is in full swing—summer is here! When it’s time to exchange the coats and boots in your closet for sundresses and sandals, figuring out where to start can be challenging. We’ve compiled some valuable advice for the best ways to store winter gear, including maximizing storage space in your home while keeping your things in good condition until the next snowfall.

After moving your winter gear into storage, check out our recent blog, Five Tips for Getting Your Home Summer-Ready,” for more tips on getting your home into the summer spirit.

How To Store Winter Gear During the Summer

Getting your winter clothing and equipment into storage involves more effort than simply removing sweaters from hangers and placing them into bins. Here are some essential steps to follow as you swap out items in your closet.

Evaluate and Prepare Your Cold-Weather Items

Take care of your winter gear as you begin placing items into storage to help ensure their longevity while doing some summer cleaning. Before we dive into tips for making room for summer clothing, your winter possessions should be appropriately maintained.

  • Decide what you no longer need. Is there a sweater you never wear, a scarf with holes, or a pair of boots your cold has outgrown? Comb through your belongings to decide what to donate to a local secondhand store.
  • Wash everything thoroughly. To help prevent deterioration, clean off any dust, dirt, or salt residue your things may have accumulated throughout the winter months. Use appropriate washing methods for each item, such as handwashing wool, treating leather with conditioner, and laying things flat to dry.
  • Inspect your sports equipment. If skiing, snowboarding, or ice skating are among your favorite winter hobbies, ensure your gear has been adequately cared for. Skis and snowboards should be sharpened and waxed, and the bindings should be loosened.
A vacuum hose removes air from a vacuum-sealed bag that has a coat stored in it.

Deciding on a Storage Solution

If you’re looking for ways to organize winter clothing in storage, you’ll find many methods, each with pros and cons. Regardless, you should choose an appropriate solution that prioritizes the protection of your belongings while they are kept in long-term storage.

  • Vacuum-sealed bags. Vacuum-sealed bags are an excellent option for optimizing storage space by condensing the amount of room bulkier items like ski coats and snow pants take up. Before storing, ensure all clothing has been thoroughly dried.
  • Wardrobe boxes. If set-in wrinkles drive you crazy, you’ll want to store your things on hangers. If you lack a spare closet and instead opt for a personal storage unit, consider investing in a wardrobe box to hang things vertically in your space.
  • Storage racks. Skis and snowboards shouldn’t be left lying around. Invest in a mounted storage rack customized for your specific gear to keep your equipment organized and easy to find and to lessen the risk of them becoming buried and broken.

Store Your Winter Gear With Daffodil Storage

You only have so much room in your home, so you may need additional space to stash your winter gear in the basement or attic. For a convenient storage solution where you can confidently store your things, Daffodil Storage is here for you.

Our storage facilities serve communities throughout the Pacific Northwest to provide secure options for various storage needs, including seasonal storage for residents, business storage for start-ups and expanding companies, and vehicle storage for any boats, RVs, and cars that need dependable parking spaces. When swapping your clothes back out for winter, warm your summer possessions in heated storage.

Find a Daffodil Storage facility near you, and reserve your space today!

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