Properly storing your winter clothing during the warmer months of the year will keep items from going missing between seasons. It will also extend the life of your wardrobe. With that in mind, here are 8 tips for getting your winter clothes safely stored away during the warmer months.
1. Clean everything
Dirt and oils can do damage to your clothes, so wash or dry clean all items before storing them away. This process should include shoes and accessories as well. For shoes, clean the soles with a wire brush and use a shoe brush on the rest.
2. Fold don’t hang when storing sweaters
You should fold all sweaters and most coats instead of hanging. Hanging can stretch clothing over time. Sweaters, jackets, and coats should be zipped or buttoned then folded into thirds then in half. You can stack them on top of each other, but make sure they are not packed too tightly. You want them packed loosely enough for moisture to escape. The one exception to this rule is fur. Fur should ALWAYS be hung NEVER folded.
3. Plastic bins are your friends
Since you are doing right by your sweaters and folding them instead of hanging, you will need to store them in something. Place the heaviest knits at the bottom and do not overstuff the container. It is important that fabrics have enough room to breath otherwise moisture might build up or fabrics could dry out too much decreasing the life of the garments. You can use clear bins in order to easily keep track of what is stored in each, but be sure they are not exposed to direct sunlight or garments will become faded.
4. When in doubt, use tissue paper
Tissue paper has a wide variety of uses when storing your clothing. When layering folded sweaters in a bin you can place white tissue paper in between the layers to prevent any colors from bleeding. You can also use it to help shoes, gloves, and other accessories keep their shape. If tissue paper is not on hand you can also use paper towels or toilet paper.
5. Stop smells with baking soda
While in storage, shoes might not have a chance to air out, and as a result smells from the previous year can linger. You can easily solve this problem by sprinkling a bit of baking soda into shoes before stuffing them with tissue paper.
6. Keep pests away
While moth balls may seem like an easy solution, they contain pesticides which you may not want to keep around small children or pets. Instead, add cedar scented panels or take a coffee filter and wrap it around cotton balls scented with lavender essential oil. Either of these solutions will safely deter pests.
7. Do not use plastic bags
Plastic bags (like the ones you get back from the cleaners) do not allow air and moisture to circulate. This can increase the risk of mold or mildew or could actually do the opposite and dry your clothes out hurting their lifespan. Instead of plastic use muslin or cotton bags which will allow air flow.
8. Store boots with special care
Boots present a few special problems when storing them away for the summer. After you have properly cleaned them, sprinkle with baking soda, insert shoetrees, and stuff with white tissue paper so they will keep their proper shape. The tissue paper is an absolute must if you need to store them laying down.
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