SUMMARY: Achieving success in how to organize clothes in cubes hinges on understanding your storage area, effectively prioritizing your wardrobe, and implementing specific cube selection. Adapting to seasonal clothing shifts is important for maintaining hassle-free cube organization (so you aren’t looking for your sweaters among your swimsuits).
Wondering how to organize clothes in cubes within a small storage space?
Well, you’re not alone.
You can make the most of your storage space with storage cubes and a little organization. A variety of different sized cubes can be a great way to make a small space feel larger. And by being more organized you will be able to find your items easier.
I find that using different sizes of cubes and a cube organizer helps to keep my small items corralled and my bulkier items out of the way until I need them. So, read on for some tips on how to make this system a reality for your closet space.
- Understanding Your Space: Exploring how to assess your storage area effectively.
- Prioritizing Your Wardrobe: Insightful ways to decide what to store and what not to.
- Cube Selection & Organization Techniques: Selecting the right cubes and organizing tactics to maximize space.
- Adapting to Seasons: Adjusting the organization method according to different seasons.
Keep reading to learn how to make the most of your storage cubes while also making smart space-saving decisions.
Understanding Your Storage Space
The first step in organizing is proper assessment of your storage space. Too often, it is easy to underestimate or overestimate how much you can fit in any one area.
This is where your storage cubes can help you. You will find the size of the cube matters, as different cube sizes can accommodate clothes of varying types.
If you have more voluminous clothing items such as winter jackets, larger cubes are preferable. Lightweight garments like summer t-shirts or shorts can easily fit into medium to smaller sized cubes. Thinking about this ahead of time can help you to utilize your storage to its full potential.
Remember, it’s not always about fitting as much as you can into a space, but about keeping things tidy and accessible as well. This balance is important when understanding and planning your space.
How Much You Use Your Wardrobe (Like Right Now)
Prioritizing your wardrobe is an essential step in effectively organizing clothes in cubes. Deciding which clothes you need immediate access to and which clothes you wear less frequently (like formal or out-of-season clothes) is crucial for organized storage in cubes. (I say this because no one wants to be digging through cubes trying to find that one shirt that goes with your outfit.)
So start by grouping your clothes into different categories. These are categories that make sense to me, but if you have your own categories that works too. I use what I like to call the Now and Later division of my clothes.
Now – Clothes for Easy Access
- In season clothing
- All season clothing
- Daily wear
- Specialized – Workout gear, etc.
Later – Clothes that Can Be Stored
- Formal Attire
- Out of Season clothing
- Things that are Bulky
- Things that Need Repaired, Replaced or Donated
- Sentimental Clothing Items
This categorization helps you to identify how often you use each group. The items in the Later Group (stored away) are used less frequently. The items in the Now Group – are used on the regular either for work, going out, staying at home, exercising, etc.
Typically, daily wear should occupy the most accessible cubes since they’re frequently used. For me, these include a cube each for Pajamas, Exercise Clothes, Leisure Clothes (like sweatshirts) and T-Shirts – long and short-sleeved. I keep my jeans on open shelving and my blouses, pants and jackets are hung on clothes rods.
My formal attire and out of season wear, which tend to be used less frequently, can occupy less accessible cubes that I store in a separate closet. For example, I put swimsuits and cover-ups in a medium sized cube. When it isn’t summer, that cube goes into storage. If I happen to go somewhere tropical for vacation and need a swimsuit, I go and find that cube.
Bulky items like winter jackets or bed linens should ideally be stored in larger cubes while smaller items like socks, underwear, and accessories can fit in smaller ones. (And, I usually store these cubes in a closet for the larger items and the smaller cubes I put in drawers).
Different Types of Storage Cubes to Consider
Large Storage Cubes
The large cube I use is also the largest fabric cube I could find. I was able to find a pack of 3 on Amazon for fairly cheap. Yet they have held up well. They are a combination of fabric and plastic with a plastic window so you can see what is inside. If you are like me and your off season storage looks like a Jenga set, being able to see what is inside is super handy so you don’t have to pull everything out at once.
The large cubes I’m talking about hold a lot and I make the most of them. I use them for bulky items like sweaters, pajamas, out-of-season clothes like winter gear, etc. They are also great for storing kid’s keepsakes (like stuffed animals or t-shirts from when they were in school), blankets, sheets, decorative pillows that I use around the holidays, etc.
I have also used compression cubes (where you use a vacuum to suck the air out) on items I’m not planning on using for a long time. They really don’t take up much space when you do it this way.
Medium Storage Cubes
The medium cubes I like to use are the ones that are also used in a cube storage organizer. While I have several sets that I use in the cube storage unit, I also have some within easy reach in my closet.
As far as what kind of material I use for the medium storage cubes, I like to use the fabric storage cubes but you can also use ones made out of other material. We have plastic ones that are useful for stacking (from the Home Edit line) and wooden ones that are nice for decorative purposes. There are even some on the top shelf of my closet to store random things like handbags, totes, and shoes that are out of season.
My favorite way to use these types of cubes though is for storing things like T-Shirts, camisoles and tank tops, shorts, swimsuits, etc. I use a different bin for each type of clothing. I also use the Marie Kondo way of folding the items like T-shirts to get the most in the space and still be able to see what I have. This is the best way to make the most of your limited space.
Small Storage Cubes
The small cubes I use are the ones that are also used for other general storage purposes. I use these for odds and ends in my closet. These primarily end up being used for scarves, accessories, shoes, tights, and other lingerie type items. I also use these inside of drawers to keep things organized too.
Other Options for Clothes Storage
- Dresser Drawer Space – great idea for storing things like socks, underwear, bras, etc.
- Closet Rods and Hanging Rods – for large or long clothing items
- Open Closet Shelves – easy access
- Kids’ Closet – lots of different cubes with different color for each type of item (shirts, pants, etc.) help little kids to know where things go
- Storage Bins and Baskets on Open Shelving – these can give you enough room to have your items organized
- Travel Cubes and Packing Cubes in Variety of Sizes – this is the best thing for not only organizing your luggage space, but also can be handy for organizing small items in your closet
- Laundry Basket – this is a cheap storage solution and you don’t mind it being open under your closet
- Cube Storage Units – a standalone unit can give you a lot of space to store things at the bottom of your closet under the hanging rod
- Upper Shelf – out of the way storage space for seasonal accessories
More Ideas for How to Organize Clothes in Cubes
You can use different cubes in a variety of sizes, with a different color for each type of clothing to help you know at a glance what is in each one. This is really helpful for younger kids.
To help you maintain order in the cubes and your storage in general, remember that a good rule of thumb to follow is ‘One in, one out.’ Every time you bring a new clothing item into your wardrobe, make sure to remove an older one. This ensures that your clothing cubes remain uncluttered.
Lastly, don’t cramp your clothes. Give them ample space to breathe. Arranging them neatly will not only make them look nicer but also make it easier to pull things out and put them away too.
Adapting Your Approach According to Seasons
Organizing clothes in cubes is not a one-time task. To make the best use of your closet space, you will want to switch things in and out based on the season.
At the start of each season, reassess your clothing needs. For instance, you do not need a thick sweater in the middle of summer or a breezy shirt in the depths of winter. (See above for the Now – Later technique).
Keep the clothes you use frequently within easy access while storing off-season clothes in a separate storage area (like an attic, garage, another closet, under your bed, etc.). Maintain separate cubes for your winter wear like sweaters, coats, hats and gloves.
During summer, these could be replaced with cubes holding t-shirts, shorts, and summer dresses. This seasonal rotation will not only help you keep your wardrobe organized, but also make it easier to find what you need.
Another useful tip is to store clothes in vacuum-sealed bags during off-seasons. This can help to decrease the amount of space they occupy. When the appropriate season comes around, these clothes can be removed from storage and organized in the “current” cubes.
Remember, the key goal of how to organize clothes in cubes is to make your life easier. You can use this strategy to help you have a well-organized, practical, and fashionable closet all year round.
Mastering How to Organize Clothes in Cubes
In this article, we have explored a variety of aspects on how to organize clothes in cubes. Here are the key takeaways:
- Understanding your space- You want to think about your current storage space for the things you need now, as well as where you are going to store the things you need later. You also want to think about how to make the best use of the storage you have for the things you are using now, so you aren’t digging through piles.
- Prioritizing your wardrobe- Selecting what clothes and items go in either Now or Later will help you to optimize your storage space and minimize clutter.
- Cube selection and organization techniques – Decide which of the above cubes are going to work for your space(s). Learn how to best organize the clothes inside the cubes too for maximum space utilization and knowing where everything is at all times.
- Adapting according to seasons- Live by the seasons and remember to readjust your clothes organization according to different seasons. Your wardrobe needs will shift, and so should your storage strategy.
With these insights, you can turn that cluttered closet space into an ordered, navigable, and functional storage area. Whether you’re struggling with a small closet or simply yearning for a more organized environment, the humble cube can be a game-changer for your wardrobe management. Happy organizing!
Organizing Clothes in Cubes FAQs
What type of cubes should I use for my clothes?
Selecting the right cube for your clothes depends on your personal preferences, type of clothes, and space available. Some might prefer transparent plastic cubes to see their clothes, while others might opt for fabric bins for their aesthetics. Ensure the cubes are robust, easy to clean, and adequately sized for your clothes and storage space.
How should I arrange my clothes inside the cubes?
There are different techniques for arranging clothes inside the cubes. One efficient method is the folding and stacking technique, where you fold your clothes neatly and stack them vertically. This makes it easy to see everything at a glance and pick out what you need without disturbing the other clothes.
How often should I reassess my clothing organization?
You should reassess your clothing organization at least once every season. Season changes often require wardrobe alterations, so it can be an excellent opportunity to adjust your cube organization accordingly. This ensures your seasonal clothes are easily accessible and your storage space remains efficiently utilized.
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