Smart Systems for Off-Season Storage
Superpower Plastic Bags
Step right up, ladies and gents, to see the incredible shrinking duvet! Perhaps the most satisfying use of a Hoover yet is compressing excess bedding into a vacuum-sealed bag. Run everything through the washer first. (Use liquid detergent; the powdered kind can leave a film.) Dry on low, tossing in a few tennis balls covered in clean socks to fluff. Then seal as directed and stack on a shelf away from heat. For all those uncrushables (we’re looking at you, pool toys), use giant zip-top plastic bags. Inventory gear and divide by category: goggles, snorkel masks, fins; Frisbees and beach balls; outdoor cushions. Clean plastic items with a solution of ½ cup bleach and 1 gallon of water. (Use soapy water if you’re not into bleach.) Dry fully in the sun before storing.
To buy: Ziploc Space Bag Under Bed Storage, $20, bedbathandbeyond.com. XXL Ziploc Big Bag, $9 for three, amazon.com.
Also good for: Sleeping bags and down jackets (in vacuum bags), ski accessories and that rock salt you got on sale (in giant zip-top plastic bags). Lapis shams, $80 each; Sag Harbor Indigo flat sheet, $180 for queen; Lapis quilt, $395 for queen: johnrobshaw.com. Festival tablecloth in navy, $140, sferra.com.