Shop your closet: Off-season clothes storage ideas to maximize your wardrobe

Visualize walking into your favorite retail store this time of year. What do you hope to find? More than likely, you're looking for items to wear this season that make you look and feel your best.

Your closet should bring you the same excitement and anticipation. You’ve invested a lot in your wardrobe; why not make it feel like a shopping trip every time you open the doors?

This month on the Closet Blog, I'll share tips for giving your closet a mini-makeover as you transition to a new season. Relocating storage for clothes you're not wearing now reserves your line of sight—your shopping zone—for day-to-day use. The custom closet below has a well-defined shopping zone.

 This walk in closet organizer creates a well-defined shopping zone.

This walk in closet organizer creates a well-defined shopping zone.

Here's how storing off-season clothes outside your shopping zone can help you see your belongings in a new way:

Create more space in your closet.

See and regularly re-evaluate what you have.

 Wear more of what you love (instead of buying more of it).

Develop healthier habits around keeping and getting rid of things.

—BUT FIRST—

Before you store last season's wardrobe in full, do away with what no longer suits you! Why wash, dry clean and make space for items you won’t be thrilled to rediscover next season?

Seize the moment while you still remember what worked and what didn’t. Which outfits made you feel fantastic? What faded, stretched out or just didn’t fit? Part with the latter so you’re only storing items that have earned their place.

If space permits, neatly store off-season clothes on garage shelving or out of sight. (Here are some helpful tips on preparing clothes for storage, and why cardboard boxes belong in the recycling bin.) Choose a spot where the items fit comfortably.

 If space permits, use storage boxes on garage shelving to store off-season clothes. If your garage is overflowing, we can help with that, too! Call Closets of Tulsa for garage storage ideas.

If space permits, use storage boxes on garage shelving to store off-season clothes. If your garage is overflowing, we can help with that, too! Call Closets of Tulsa for garage storage ideas.

If possible, leave the top of your closet shelving and the floor of your closet clear. Empty space gives your brain a break and directs your attention where it matters—your shopping zone!

 If possible, simplify your space by leaving the top of your closet shelving and the floor of your closet clear.

If possible, simplify your space by leaving the top of your closet shelving and the floor of your closet clear.

Workable storage solutions aren't just for walk in closets. If storing off-season clothes out of sight isn’t an option, try storage boxes and baskets on higher and lower closet shelves. Or, simply create a shopping zone by rotating off-season items to the periphery.

  In small spaces with less flexibility, store off-season clothes   in storage boxes and baskets on your closet shelves.

In small spaces with less flexibility, store off-season clothes in storage boxes and baskets on your closet shelves.