How to Store Travel Gear at Home?

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If you pack light, then storing all that stuff on board is going to get hairy pretty quickly. But there’s no reason for this to happen if you have an organized system already set up for storing your clothes before leaving home. The same goes for other items like electronics, toiletries, or anything else that may not fit into a suitcase with room to spare. This post originally appeared on Van Winkles’s blog.

The key is to store each piece of clothing separately so that you know exactly where it belongs. This way you won’t end up with things mixed together and looking lost among piles of other random outfits.

Step by Step Process to Store Travel Gear at Home

I’ve been using the same method for years now to organize my wardrobe and I’m really happy with how it works out. It takes me about 10 minutes to put something away once I decide what to bring next time. If you’re someone who travels frequently, here’s how you should do it too.

Step 1 – Separate Clothes Into Similar Categories
As soon as you step off the plane and start walking around, you’ll realize that most of your clothes don’t go well together. There’s nothing worse than trying to figure out which outfit matches which pants, or which shirt goes with which jacket.

To avoid this from happening, separate similar types of pieces of clothing into categories, such as dresses, tops, bottoms, etc. When packing, just grab whatever fits into the category you want and forget about them until you need them again.

In my case, I usually divide my clothes into three main categories:
Dresses, Shirts/Tops, Pants, Bottoms ,Underwear, Jewelry/Hats
These categories give me enough flexibility to mix and match different sets without having to worry about matching shoes with socks, or jackets with ties. And they also allow me to use more space inside my luggage since I only take the few pieces that belong in that category.

When deciding these categories, try to think of the type of occasions you’ll be attending and whether you’d wear certain combinations often. For example, I wouldn’t pair jeans with a dress unless I was heading straight to the beach after landing in another country. In fact, even though I love wearing jeans themselves, I still prefer to stick to skirts whenever possible.

Step 2 – Sort Your Clothing by Color Or Type
Once you’ve divided your clothes into categories, sort them further according to color, texture, length, or any other attribute that you can think of. Then label each pile accordingly. For example, if you have several pairs of black pants, name those piles “black pants” and “dark blue pants”.

You could also create sub-categories based on the season. For example, during summer, you might have four piles: short-sleeved shirts; long sleeve shirts; t-shirts; tank tops.
While organizing your clothing, always keep in mind that you shouldn’t have more than two layers per category. That means you shouldn’t have more than five total layers packed. Anything above that will be harder to manage when you come back.

Also, remember that you probably won’t need every single item within each category. So if you see yourself forgetting to bring an important item (like underwear), then leave it behind. You can always buy it later.

Step 3 – Use Stacking Piles To Save Space & Keep Everything Neat
Now that you’ve separated your clothing into useful categories, you can finally stack them neatly on top of each other. Just pick a layer at random from each pile and stack them together. Label each pile to help identify its contents.

Here’s an example of how stacking worked for me:
Short sleeves = red
Long sleeves = green
Tops = white
Skirts = yellow
Pants = dark blue
Underwear = purple

This labeling scheme makes it easy for me to tell apart different types of clothing while keeping everything tidy. Plus, I never need to look through multiple piles anymore because everything is right in front of me.

Another option would be to use small boxes instead of stacks. You could either lay them flat or stand upright. Either way, make sure to label each box or bag with the relevant information.

Step 4 – Find A Place For All Of Your Items
After stacking all your clothing, you should now be able to see exactly where each item of clothing is located in relation to other items. That gives you plenty of options for finding the right storage spot for each piece.

For example, you could hang all your bags from the ceiling, stack them in rows, and spread out your larger items on top. You could also store smaller items underneath larger ones. Or you could stand your bigger items vertically and stack smaller items on top.

One final tip: Never throw your clothes onto the floor. They’ll end up getting dirty and wrinkled, and it’s hard to fold them properly afterward. Instead, lay them down over a blanket or towel.

Step 5 – Make Sure Every Item Has Its Own Spot
Finally, it’s time to fill in the blanks. Where will each item live? How will you access them? These are questions you must answer immediately.

Since you’ve already sorted your clothing by color, you should be able to easily locate anything that needs to be washed. As far as accessibility goes, you can choose between hanging them up in your closet, putting them under the bed, placing them in the bathroom, or setting them out on shelves.

Either way, you should consider how accessible each area will be from outside the room. Think about how many people will share the space and what their height ranges will be. Also, think about any furniture or objects that might obstruct each location.

And remember that you can adjust these rules depending on your preferences. For example, I personally hate washing clothes so I tend to hang them wherever I can reach them. However, this isn’t practical for everyone so feel free to experiment with different solutions until you find something that works for you.

What About Electronics?

Of course, the hardest part of this whole process is actually dealing with electronic gadgets. I’ve found that the easiest way to deal with this is to simply wrap them up in plastic bags.
That way they don’t get damaged while being transported, and you can easily pull them out when you arrive at your destination. Once you unpack, just let them air dry naturally.
Have you tried this organization method yet? What do you think? Any tips or tricks you’d recommend adding to the list? Share your thoughts below!

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