Organize with Me: Extra Linens & Off Season Clothes

I am just a couple weeks off from my third trimester, and things are starting to GET REAL.

The baby’s kicking, I’ve seen what her face looks like (!!!) and we have the beginnings of a nursery set-up.

And, as it starts getting warmer here in New England, it’s about time to change up our bedding.

All of which has led me to my latest organizing project: the cedar closet in our basement!

This is where, among other things, we store our extra linens and off-season clothing.

Being pregnant has brought forth a lot of changes in both types of storage!

For one thing, my back couldn’t ignore that our old full-sized bed had kicked the bucket - and took the opportunity to size up to a queen. This led to us donating most of our full size linens - leaving one of the canvas storage bags deflated.

And, a lot of my clothes stopped fitting. While some of my old clothes are still working for me, I have this whole other maternity wardrobe that I didn’t have before! And the storage system I set up three years ago when we first moved into this house is no longer big enough to store my extra clothes.

Not to mention we have a new family member on the way, who will have her own off-season storage needs!

So, this is the project I tackled over the weekend. And, I filmed it!

I am thrilled to announce my new vlog series on Youtube, “Organize with Me,” where I will be showing you how I am transitioning my existing organizing system through these changes.

My husband and I have had the needs of a young, childless couple for our entire time living together, and now, we’re about to get shook! So much about our space is about to change, and I’m so excited to share it with you.

If you’re looking for some ideas and inspiration for decluttering and organizing your extra linens, and storing your off-season clothing, this is the episode for you!

Click here to watch.

Here are a few more tips and tricks for storing your linens and off-season clothing.

Choose breathable storage containers. I use cotton canvas bags that I purchased on Amazon, and cloth bins purchased at the Dollar Tree that I cover with pieces of an old canvas drop cloth to keep dust away.

Store textiles in a cool, dry place. While I filmed the video in my bedroom, our cedar closet is actually in our basement.

Keep moths away naturally with cedar wood. We happen to have a cedar closet, but no worries if you don’t. You can keep blocks of cedar wood or cedar sachets in your own storage area.

Launder textiles before storing them for the season. In the video I talk about changing out our comforter for our summer bed spread. After we remade the bed with our summer linens, I washed my comforter and duvet on cold before we put them away.

Save space using Konmari folding. Click here to watch Marie Kondo’s video that shows the basic technique, and get the full how-to in her book Spark Joy.

I’d love to hear from you! Do you have any tips for storing extra linens and off-season clothing that have served you well? Share in the comments below!

With Love & Gratitude,

Anna Brunelle

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