With warmer weather finally starting to emerge from the depths of winter, many people's thoughts turn toward safely (and happily) storing their jackets for the warmer months, and any tips to do so as safely as possible. Not only does the act of storing and stowing away your jackets help to keep them safe, moth-free and ready for next year's winter, but it also helps to keep your home and hallways clutter free. Imagine having to wade through all of your jackets every time you went looking for a cute spring cardigan or summer dress. You might as well do your best to keep your coats out of your hair, and although you could simply just throw them into the basement or guest room closet, you (and your coats, of course) will probably be better served if you take measures to properly store them. Read on for some ideas that will ensure that your coats will live to see another winter, and that you won't have to see them until then!
The Power of Plastic
Tupperware, and all of its variants, has revolutionized the way we think about storage. No longer do we have to worry about moths, humidity, critters and forgetfulness. We can simply pop our valuables into a plastic container, seal the lid on tight and forget about them until we need them again. This holds true for your coats and jackets as well. If you have a safe storage area, such as a spare closet, basement or attic, why not keep a couple of convenient Tupperware bins filled with your coats there? To ensure that you have enough room for all your coats, you might want to purchase a large bin. Both Rubbermaid and Tupperware carry bins and boxes that can hold dozens of gallons. When you are placing your coats in the bins or boxes, fold them up or roll them tightly, so you can fit as many as you can into the space. You also might want to label the coat storage box as such. You can use a thick permanent marker or label maker to do this effectively. Find an unused corner of your safe storage spot, and you have the perfect jacket storage solution!
Dedicated Jacket Closets
If you have a house that is large enough, and comes stocked with plenty of closets, you might want to consider simply designating one or two of your closets as "Jacket Closets." This simplifies the storage process by giving your jackets and coats a year round place to live. When the winter comes around, you can simply return to the "jacket closet," and resume using your cold-weather gear. If you have a wardrobe big enough, you can also use it as a kind of dedicated closet. Although this seems to be the most convenient option, you might want to consider adding in a few, well placed mothballs in the pockets of your jackets and corners of the closet. No matter where you live, there is the potential that moths may view your precious jackets as food!