Infamously stylish New Yorkers have long faced difficulty finding enough closet space to store their abundant wardrobes. Because of this, many people get rid of items they love on a regular basis to create space for new ones, and others stow away half of their clothes based on the season in cramped areas like under their beds.
The problem with the first method is that you will likely face remorse over getting rid of your items, and the problem with the second is that your clothes come out wrinkled and possibly even damaged when it’s time to unpack them.
While there’s no way to magically create more closet in a cramped city living space, there is a better way to store clothes when they’re not seasonally appropriate. You can easily outsource closet space to keep your out of season clothes safe in 3 easy steps.
1. Separate Your Wardrobe By Season
The first step in outsourcing closet space by season is to establish a clear division in your clothing items between winter and summer.
Sometimes this division will be clear, like that between heavy coats and sandals, but there is bound to be a fair amount of gray area. You will more than likely encounter quite a few items, like jeans and t-shirts, that you wear year-round.
Because of this, start by only separating items that are clearly only appropriate for cold weather and hot weather. It’s okay for some of your clothes to live with you all year, as you’ll be surprised by how much space eliminating only the totally seasonally inappropriate items creates.
2. Choose A Date To Swap Seasons
Try to establish a general timeline of when you’d like to bring one seasonal wardrobe out of storage, and leave the other in its place.
For example, do you want to bring out your winter clothes as soon as the hot, humid New York summer gives way to slightly crisp days, or would you like to wait until it’s downright cold, and maybe even snowing? This date will change the kinds of clothes you include in both seasonal sections.
3. Find a Private Storage Facility
There are plenty of companies that offer storage in NYC, but they are not all equal in terms of service, security, and trustworthiness. Some will overcharge you, others will not provide high quality security or surveillance, and others still are out of town operations that don’t understand the unique challenges of being a New Yorker.
You’ll want to find a local storage facility that is transparent about their pricing but that offers clean, consistently guarded facilities to house your clothes while you’re not using them.
Once you’ve completed these three steps, you can kick back and enjoy the freedom of your newly clearer closet without having to feel any remorse over getting rid of items you love. If you could use some extra closet space but it’s just not a possibility in your apartment, reach out to us for a free storage estimate!