Storing off season clothing

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It is that time of year that one season's clothing needs be stored and another
season's clothing brought into use.  This message is cross posted between
consumers. frugal-living and sewing with good reason.  You will need your sewing
skills for this task and a frugal state of mind.  ;^)

First in this task is finding correct containers for the job at hand.  I divide
clothing into three categories.  Donations/ Keepers/ Rags.  I use a clean
cardboard box or large plastic bag or several small grocery store bags for the
Donations.  I have a lockable steamer trunk purchased years ago at a yard sale
to store the Keepers.  A laundry bin or any convenient short term use container
for the Rags.  Now do an honest sort of the clothing.  

Garments not really liked, no longer fit, no longer have a use and are in good
condition go into the Donations container.  

Garments that have use, are comfortable to wear and fit well, and are in at
least amendable good condition are stacked near the storage for the Keepers.  

The garments that do not belong in one of the first two categories go into the
Rags container.


Step two.  Get rid of the Donations!  Give them to a friend or family member
that can use them.  Give them to a charity for a tax donation off on next year's
income tax, store the receipt carefully.  Drop them in a charity bin at the
gasoline station.  Do something progressive with them.  Do not let them clutter
up your home or vehicle.

Clean, mend, patch the Keepers before storage.  If there is one loose button on
a garment, sew all the buttons on.  You already have hunted down the thread,
needle and buttons.  Do all buttons/ fasteners while mending a garment.  This
will save time next year.  Make sure that the container in use is damp proof and
insect/ rodent proof.  A few moth balls inside with the clothing will help reach
this goal.  If using cardboard boxes, line the box with a large plastic trash
bag before filling.  Mark the container so it is easy to find when needed.  My
private rule is I can only keep what will fit into the steamer trunk I use.
This keeps me from having more than two weeks worth of outfits in use.  I
greatly dislike overcrowded closets.  But I make a lot of my own clothing and
that makes it easy to overcrowd a closet.

Now for the Rag bin.  You will need scissors and possibly a seam ripper for this
task.  Remove all buttons, thread them together and store in the button box.
Remove all good zippers and store in the button box.  Remove all fasteners of
any kind.  Ones in good shape can be stored in a button box for later use in
mending other garments.  Damaged fasteners, zippers, broken buttons go into the
trash.  Now cut or tear the garments into useful size rags, fold and store.  If
you end up with too many rags to fit into the storage area, give them away to
the local school, garage, charity or family that can use them.  Sell them in
bundles of ten or twenty at your next yard sale.  Using a sewing machine with
zig-zag stitch around the edges slows down raveling and fraying.

Now the job is done for this season and it is time to enjoy the 'new' clothing
just out of storage after washing it to remove the mothball odor. ;^)


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I will keep clothing that is good but doesn't fit, in stackable boxes.
In the past, it has saved me from buying a whole wardrobe, as my size
went up or down a notch or two.

Don



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Don K wrote:
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I don't have so much clothing these days that I need to worry about
storing anything 'off season'.  Coats and other dry-cleanables get
cleaned, bagged, and hung at the far end of the rail, and jerseys get
washed and folded neatly and put away in the drawer.  Everything else it
pretty much all year round: I may wear the short sleeved T shirts more
often in warm spells, and leave off the socks and wear sandals rather
than boots, but that's about it.  Fleeces tend to get swapped from
'indoors coz I'm chilly' use to 'outdoors on a cool day/evening' use.

Anything too big goes off to the charity shop: I have ONE pre-weight
loss outfit to remind me, and THAT'S IT!  I ain't going back there again!

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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No it doesnt. Its a lot more frugal of your time to have enough
cupboard space to store all the keepers and dont bother
farting around moving stuff around as the seasons change.

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You arent being frugal with your time, or with your clothing expenditure either.

And you dont necessarily need any real sewing skills either.

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You dont need to do that if you dont fart around on the change of seasons.

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Doesnt need to be lockable.

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Most dont generate enough rags to warrant that.

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No thanks, I've got better things to do with my time.

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I'm not stupid enough to see clothes stop fitting.

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Or just left where they belong, in the cupboards with enough space for all
seasons.

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You shouldnt be generating enough of those to need any container.

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Makes a lot more sense to be more frugal with your
original purchases so that there arent any donations.

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No one I know is that much of a pov.

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I've got better things to do with my time.

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Some of us arent that obsessive that we care.

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No thanks, I only repair stuff that needs repairing.

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No thanks, only some of the buttons see much wear.
There's bugger all buttons on most of what I wear.

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No it wont if they wont need any repair next year either.

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No thanks, I make sure the cupboards are that in the first place.

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Makes more sense to have cupboards that prevent the moths
getting at what they like to eat, and thats a subset of the total
clothes. They dont bother with jeans, only lunch on T shirts and
wool jumpers. They dont bother with fleeces etc.

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Makes a lot more sense to have adequate cupboard space instead.

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Mindlessly silly.


Gets sillier by the minute. Makes a lot more sense to have lots
of what you use all the time like T shirts so you can let the dirty
ones accumulate until they are a full machine load etc.

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You can get medication for your OCD now apparently.

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Hardly frugal.


No you dont. Just keep the stuff thats easy to use for rags like T shirts
and toss the rest that requires that sort of work to turn into usable rags.
Toss them in the general direction of some charity or other if you must.

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Or dont bother.

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Makes more sense to use new ones instead if you arent frivolously
discarding stuff you shouldnt have bought in the first place.

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Makes alot more sense to just discard clothes that have lots of those instead.

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I've got much better things to do with my time.

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I dont bother with yard sales either. And I wouldnt be stupid enough
to put that sort of effort into whats being sold even if I did.

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Makes a hell of a lot more sense to use stuff like T
shirts as rags and use the original edging untouched.

I also use new hand towels as rags, they cost peanuts.

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Makes a hell of a lot more sense to have enough
cupboard space so you dont have to fart around at all.



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There is medication available for OCD.
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Joanne
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your sewing

I know plenty of people who work in Professional type jobs who DO own that
many clothes.  Having a method of storing off season wear is necessary in
many parts of the country.  Personally, I don't own enough to make my work
this detailed, but I do put my sweaters away once the temps get above 70.  I
usually pull stuff out at the same time that I've not worn in a year or so,
and decide whether to donate it or just pitch it.  Some older cotton
t-shirts DO get cut up into rags, if they are white.  I also cut buttons off
of items that are being tossed.

As far as winter coats, they are placed in the family room closet, and
lighter weight jackets are brought to the front closet. Boots are put in the
basement, gloves/hats/scarves are placed in a small box and stored on a
shelf.  When all 4 kids were living here, it was more necessary to keep
items organized.  Just because a person is organized doesn't mean they have
OCD.

Melissa



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No it isnt anywhere. The obvious alternative is to have enough
cupboard space so you dont need to store the off season
stuff anywhere, it just stays in the cupboards that its always in.

The most that might make sense is to have the various
seasonal stuff in separate areas of the cupboards.

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Makes a lot more sense to have a separate drawer etc for them and
just stop using that drawer etc when it hot enough to not need them.

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Makes a lot more frugal sense to be more careful about buying in the first place.

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Makes more sense to use them uncut.

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Makes more sense to just buy spare buttons so you have plenty of spares.

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Makes more sense to have more closets in one place.

Then you dont have to fart around every time the seasons change.

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Its never necessary if the closets are adequate in the first place.

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She clearly is doing a hell of a lot more than just organising.

And it makes much more sense to organise adequate closets
so she doesnt have to fart around every time the seasons change.



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You're absolutely correct.  But when that need for organization
overtakes all, and becomes extreme, then it is possible.  Organization
is one thing, alphabetizing spices, making lists..of lists, being unable
to leave a room without straightening a picture or lining up a
rectangular box on a square table...these can all be symptoms of a
greater disorder.  The elaborate organization described by the OP is
suspect.

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Joanne
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Pogonip wrote:

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Never mind the psych-jargon, how do I get her to come stay at my house for a
few months?

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You can't, one of the real downsides with OCD is that the pathetic
wretches that have it are very very hard to shift from their security blankets.



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Pogonip wrote:

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I alphabetise my herbs & spices - that way I don´t have to look through
the whole rack to find what I am looking for.  Also I can see when
somenody else has half-inched a jar for nefarious purposes (my 7yo loves
to "cook").

Lizzy

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Lizzy Taylor wrote:
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I once knew a man who told me he sorted the cash in his wallet
by it's value. I was amazed by this level of organization until
I learned his secret, he never had more than two bills of any
value. :)

Anthony

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Anthony Matonak wrote:
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My bro lived at home with my mum for a long time after Dad died.  Bro
would come in from work and when he undressed at night, he'd fling the
loose change from his pocket in the top drawer of his chest of drawers.
  One day mum was dusting his room and thought she'd just pop something
in the drawer for him.  She could barely open it...  Once opened, she
found masses of coins in it.  She stacked and counted and bagged them in
bags of £5 all the same, and found about £80's worth all together.

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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PIKER!  After DH was killed, I started rounding up all the jars
of coins he had saved (here, there, and everywhere).  So far, I'm
up to $547.89 (£284.261).  And there are more jars awaiting
counting.  The US economy will have a tidy infusion of new coins
as soon as I let the grandchildren have the collection.

;-}

Beverly



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Anthony Matonak wrote:

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I think you'll find most Europeans do that automatically as our notes
differ in size and colour for each value.  I am so used to being able to
pick out the right note by size/colour that when I am in the US I have
to remember to read the value of the bill as I hand it over.

Lizzy

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I'm a very disorganized person, but I always sort the cash in my
wallet--even to make sure they all face in the same direction.  Probably a
carryover from the summer I worked as a bank teller...



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I sort and face my bills. Leftover from street sales. $20s and bigger
ones go in the zipper pocket on the body side of the belt bag. And
always start with a set amount of change; mine was $50 in coins and
small bills.

Hang my keys on a hook by the front door as soon as I walk in, too.

--Karen D.


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Anthony Matonak wrote:
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  i've always kept my bills in order. Otherwise, are you sorting through
a random wad every time you pay with cash?

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Melissa wrote:

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Just curious -- they're RAGS.  Why do you care what color they are?

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The Real Bev wrote:
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The white rags must go in the white rag bin.  Red rags go in the red rag
bin.  Blue rags go in the blue rag bin.  Aqua or turquoise or teal rags
may result in a nervous breakdown.  Heaven only knows what would happen
with lavender, purple or mauve rags.  This could result in an
International Incident.

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Joanne
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