10 Solutions for Storing Off-Season Clothes

Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies

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I'm not sure where you're reading this from but here in Toronto, land of the polar vortex, we won't be putting our winter clothes away just yet. But we can wish and be prepared. Living somewhere with such distinct seasons has its pluses and minuses. On the plus side, we have a great excuse to change up our wardrobe a few times a year. On the downside, we need more storage for all the off-season clothes when we're not using them. This is where you can get creative depending on your style, budget and space.

The first tip for off-season clothing storage is: don't feel limited to your bedroom. There are storage opportunities throughout your space.

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I live in an open concept loft, so keeping storage hidden is tricky. If you have this same problem, consider making your storage do double duty and using it as your furniture. Using vintage suitcases and crates like in the top photo (from 17apart) is a good example, as is this vintage trunk used as a table (from Daniella Witte). It's a great way to put some of your fab vintage finds on display and give them a second, very useful life.

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If you're a super handy person, it's time to get smart. Make unused space, like the space between your floorboards, into storage, as in this sample from dwell.

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Stair Storage Co. offers great storage solutions to make use of that awkward space under the stairs.

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Baskets are always a great solution for clothing storage. There are many ways to incorporate them into your space. Try making use of unused space by installing some high shelves and filling them with baskets all in the same style, as in this space designed by Jenny Komenda.

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Use the space under dressers or console tables to store baskets to add both storage and character to your space, as in this example from Remodelholic.

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Awkward and unused corners can be filled by stacking interesting baskets, like in this rustic space seen on Little Putty Little Paint.

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There are also some great storage-ready pieces of furniture if you're ready to make more of a long term investment. This platform storage bed is available for an affordable cost at Walmart, believe it or not.

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Or if you're looking for a bit more style, try this functional storage bed from Furniture Depot and stash your clothes out of sight.

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And if you're lucky enough to have a proper storage area, then there are these great no-nonsense storage bins from The Container Store that will keep your clothes organized and easily accessible.

(Image credits: 17Apart; Daniella Witte; dwell; Stair Storage Co. ; Jenny Komenda Design; Remodelholic; Little Putty Little Paint; Walmart; Furniture Depot; The Container Store)

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