Consider changing your kitchen seating: Swap out chairs for built-in benches with hidden storage, then hide rarely used items there.
“Seasonal things that inspire you should be left out as much as possible,” Flynn says. “I use a ton of wall hooks in my spaces, mostly to be able to hang up favorite pieces of clothing, which add decorative flair to a room.”
In a bedroom, a cluster of favorite flannel shirts can look great on decorative hooks, and the same goes for jackets. In summer, hang your favorite T-shirts or swimsuits on those same hooks while the winter items are put away.
This works well in kids’ rooms and nurseries, helping ensure that kids wear their cutest pieces before the season ends and they grow out of them.
Maximize closet space by adding shelves up high if there aren’t any, then keep a small step-ladder in the closet for accessing high items, Luetkemeyer says. Add inexpensive, battery-powered lights to dim closets, and increase shelf space by adding a row of canvas hanging shelves.
In a guest room closet, if you have one, Mathison suggests using two rows of hanging canvas shelves — one filled with items your guest may need, such as extra towels and soap, and the other left empty for your guest. Then use the rest of the closet for your seasonal things.
Consider splurging on rebuilding your closets with exactly the shelving and hanging space you want: “This way, every closet in the house can work for all seasons,” says Flynn. “We spend a ton of money on our cars and have garages built for them, right? Well, we spend just as much on our wardrobes, so why not invest in a space to store that investment?”
Luetkemeyer points out that the change of season is a great time to identify items you don’t use and get rid of them. Consider donating sheets or blankets you rarely use to a charity or shelter. Do the same with bulky coats and sweaters. You’ll save space for seasonal items, and also embrace the meaning of the holiday season.