· It’s great that you are taking the time to switch seasons! If you can’t cover your clothes and store them on hangars elsewhere in your house, plan on using clear containers (64 gal) to hold the bulk of your winter clothing.
· You may use a separate container for the type of clothing you are putting away – such as ski clothing – winter ski jackets: Mom’s gray w/ gloves & mittens & ski pants; Dad’s winter ski jacket Green w/ gloves/mittens & ski pants, etc.
· For Gloves and mittens we suggest you safety pin the mates together now – then you will know what’s missing it’s match! Put all onesy gloves and mittens in a large envelope – this way, when they show up during the spring thaw, you will know right where they mate is.
· Put the gloves & mittens, along with scarves, hats, etc. in one bin.
· For the individual member clothing, a large bin works well too – simply label the bin properly for an easy find next year. If you think your kids will grow too fast to fit into the clothing, but don’t want to donate any of it yet, make sure you label the outside of the bin with the child gender, age, and size as well as type of clothes (i.e. girls, age 4, size 4, winter pants, shirts, sweaters, socks, boots).
· If you don’t have room in your home for storage bins, then think about making a “seasonal” dresser. Place the dresser in an area that will not be in the way such as an entrance way or hallway. Make sure it is large enough to handle the winter garb of your brood. Give each drawer a purpose – top drawer winter hats, gloves, mittens, scarves. Drawer 2 Sissy’s winter clothes, Drawer 3 Mom’s winter clothes, etc.
· If a “seasonal” dresser will not work, how about a seasonal closet or part of a closet? You can purchase inexpensive plastic drawers that can fit on the floor of the closet or shelf – label them by content and load them up. This way no one will be searching for winter items – they will be in one spot and clearly marked.
· Use any of these methods when it’s time to switch to Fall/Winter wear from Spring/Summer wear!