What to hang: Garments that wrinkle easily, like suits, dresses, blouses, dress shirts and anything made of pure linen, are best kept on hangers.
Storage note: Wire drawers like the ones shown here are wonderful because they allow you to see what’s inside at a glance, but because they can leave indentations in very soft materials, they’re best for sturdier garments like jeans.
- Canvas hanging bags are a good choice for keeping off-season coats, dresses, suits and jackets neat and dust-free — plastic versions don’t allow the material to breathe.
- Use air-vacuumed plastic storage bags sparingly. While they’re great for some items, they can really squash your clothing, and it can be a pain to open and reseal them, which doesn’t make sense if there’s a chance you’ll want to wear the item between seasons.
- Plastic tubs can be a good bug-proof solution, but these can trap moisture in warm climates and don’t allow natural fibers to breathe.
- Sturdy canvas storage boxes, which come in various sizes (including under-bed boxes) are good for storing sweaters, tees and jeans, and most come with a slot for placing a label of the contents.