Winter is a magical time of year. The air is crisp, the snow is falling, and there's nothing better than cozying up in front of a warm fire with your warm drink of choice. But with winter comes a lot of bulky gear, like coats, gloves, hats, and boots. If you're not careful, all of these items can quickly take over your home and become a hassle to put away once the warmer spring weather begins to shine through. That's why it's important to have a plan for storing your winter gear when you're not using it, and here are our 5 best tips to do just that:

1. Use a designated storage area

One of the most important things you can do to keep your winter gear organized is to designate a specific storage area for it. This could be a closet, a mudroom, a garage, or even a spare room. The key is to have a place where all of your winter gear can be stored together, so you don't have to hunt for a missing glove or hat.

2. Use vacuum-sealed bags

Another great way to store your winter gear is to use vacuum-sealed bags like these. Compress bulky items like coats and blankets with ease, and ensure they take up less space when storing them in closets or storage bins. 

3. Use storage bins

Speaking of storage bins - if you have a lot of winter gear, you might want to consider investing in a few. Coming in a variety of sizes, depths, and colors, these bins can be a dream solution for short and long-term storage of all sorts of winter gear, including lighter items like hats, gloves, and scarves, and even heavier items like boots, skates, and even things like sleds, snowshoes, and more! 

4. Install hooks or pegs

If you're short on closet space, you might want to consider installing hooks or pegs on the walls by your entryway or behind your front door. This will certainly help keep your items more organized and easily accessible for those mid-season days where you may need to quickly access some hats, scarves, or gloves again.  

5. Clean and dry everything before storing it

This may be our most important, yet often overlooked step. It's important to make sure that all of your winter gear is clean and dry before you store it away for the season. This will help prevent mold and mildew from growing on your gear, which can be a real headache to deal with come next winter. Take the time to wash and dry everything before you store it away, and you'll be ready to hit the slopes or build a snowman when the snow starts falling again next year!
So, whether you're using vacuum-sealed bags, storage bins, or hooks and pegs, we at Park Property hope these tips will help storing your gear this year become a quick and easy process.