Closet Organization: How to Store Seasonal Clothes

Blue closet with shoes and shirt
Closets never seem to have enough room for all your clothes — but you can change that.

I’ve never met a home with enough space for everyone’s things. That’s especially true for clothes. Here’s how you can maximize closet space and store seasonal clothes.

Clothes jammed tight in a closet
Does your closet look like this? If so, it’s time to declutter! (DepositPhotos)

1. Remove Seasonal Clothes

Look in your closet. If your hangers have clothes that span the four seasons, that’s the first problem! You don’t need to access winter clothes in the spring.

If you’ve run out of closet space, remove those out-of-season clothes and temporarily place them on the bed. Now look at your closet — voila! Instant, additional storage for your in-season clothes.

Piles of clothes for keeping or donating
If you’ve never sorted the clothes in your closet, make a pile to keep and a pile to donate. (©faithie | Adobe Stock Photos)

2. Sort Seasonal Clothes

Look at the out-of-season clothes on your bed. If you’ve never organized your closet, there may be years — even decades — of clothes you’ve stored and forgotten. Things you haven’t even worn or even seen in several years.

And there’s a good chance that many of these items are outdated or don’t fit anymore. If you never plan to wear something again, go ahead and place it in a box for donation.

You may be surprised how fast this box fills up!

Clothes in designer cloth boxes in closet
These canvas boxes hide out-of-season clothes and free up space on the hangers for clothes immediately needed. (DepositPhotos)

3. Box ‘Em Up

Now, look at the remaining seasonal clothes on your bed. You may have half the items that you started with, but they still need to go somewhere: inside boxes!

Maximize closet space by using shelves to store unnecessary things. You can visit the home and garden center or big-box store and purchase clear plastic storage containers for folded sweaters, long-sleeve shirts and even shoes that you don’t need in the summer.

These storage containers are practical and inexpensive (my favorite kind), and because they’re clear, you can always find what you’re looking for, in case you do need it.

You also can use cloth boxes for a designer look. Just pack up those clothes and stick them wherever you have shelf space! You can decide on how to shift the overall organization of your closet later.

Four poster bed with quilt and skirting
Under-bed storage isn’t just convenient; it’s out of sight!

4. Store Clothes Under the Bed

Maxed out on overhead storage? Then go low instead — like under your bed!

Under-bed storage is the perfect place for items you don’t need on a day-to-day basis. Just fold up your sweaters in storage containers (or custom-built drawers that attach to the bed) and literally tuck them away.

Out of sight, out of mind. That’s the whole point of decluttering, and you’ll feel so much better.

Shoe storage rack in bedroom closet
When you free up closet space, you have more reason for shoes (and all kinds of other things).

5. Enjoy!

Now you’ve maximized your closet space and stored out-of-season items out of view. So, enjoy your decluttered closet!

Buy new in-season clothes, build a shoe rack for more footwear, or take advantage of the freed-up space however you desire.

It doesn’t have to be clothes. Or shoes. It could be anything you just want out of view. After all, it’s your home, and it has to meet your unique needs — there are no rules.

How do you maximize closet space? Tell us in the comments!  

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