I'm an organizing expert – the correct way to store your bulky blankets to make things so much easier next winter

DURING warm summer seasons, it’s not always convenient to have bulky blankets laying around taking up space.

Fortunately, there are a few simple steps to follow for anyone who wants to store their winter blankets until colder months swing back around.

According to a few professional organizers who spoke with Living Etc, everyone can easily follow a five-step plan to create more space during the summer season.

Before getting started though, you need to take count of how many blankets you actually own.

You’ll have to decide how many blankets you want to actually keep because there might even be a few you’re willing to throw out or donate.

You should separate lightweight blankets that you’d like to casually keep draped on your sofa from heavier blankets that certainly need to be stored during the summer.

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Once you’ve done all this, the first step you should follow is dry cleaning or hand washing all of the bulky blankets you intend to store.

Make sure the blankets are as dry as possible after you wash them.

If you leave any wetness or moisture behind in the material, mold will most definitely begin to grow.

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The second step is to clean out your storage spaces from top to bottom.

If you’re planning to store your bulky blankets on closet shelves, make sure those shelves have been dusted and wiped down.

Sweep, vacuum, and mop under the bed if you’re planning to store your blanket collection there.

The reasoning for this is that it doesn’t matter how clean your blankets are when you’re ready to store them… if the storage space isn’t totally hygienic, your blankets won’t be either.

Step three would be packing up your blankets in canvas bags, pillow covers, or cloth.

Storing your duvets and blankets in plastic bags is one of the worst mistakes you could possibly make.

A single drop of water that lands on a blanket that’s being stored in plastic can potentially ruin the smell of your blankets permanently.

Canvas bags, pillowcases, or cloth cases will help keep the fabrics of your blankets clean and dry.

The fourth step is to add a sweet-smelling fragrance to your blankets before putting them in storage.

Spritzing all the materials with a charming scent can make a big difference when it comes to storing bulky blankets for long periods of time.

The fifth and final step is to make sure the blankets are stored properly to preserve their quality.

If you have space to individually hang each blanket inside a garment bag, then that would be the best possible route to take.

If not, it’s best to store the blankets as flat as possible — stacked underneath a bed, for example.

Another option for storing blankets would be rolling them up into balls or cylinders, tied up with a sturdy bow or ribbon.

Going with the rolled-up option certainly means you'll be creating a ton of extra space.

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If you'd like to store your blankets in baskets, that’s OK as long as you avoid rattan baskets that have the potential to damage your knitted blankets.

Using your living room as storage space for bulky blankets is also a great idea if you utilize the inside of a hollow ottoman or cutlery cupboard that doesn't have a clear door.

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