Helpful Hints for Seasonal Clothing Storage
Last season’s clothes are in the way. This season’s clothes are too crowded in the drawers or closet. That’s a sign you didn’t make the winter seasonal clothing switch-out. Now that’s it colder, take advantage of this time of year to do some decluttering and cleaning, too. Seasonal clothing storage starts with these helpful organizing tips.
Inspect Before Putting into Seasonal Clothing Storage
Step one, start with your closet or dressers and take out every item. This includes year-round clothing. Carefully evaluate each article:
- Does it still fit? Try it on if you need to.
- Is it free of stains, rips, tears? If not, can you clean or fix it?
- Do you actually wear it enough to keep it?
- Will you wear it in the future?
If the answer to any of these is “no” then put it in a donation box. Be brutally honest. There are plenty of people who will benefit from wearing things that no longer fit you or that no longer fit your personal style. There are ways to recycle old clothing that is no longer useful.
The clothing that you are storing should also be thoroughly cleaned and properly dried. This will prevent mildew and other unpleasant outcomes. Leave out the starch, bleach, or fabric softener on these loads as they can attract bugs in storage. Also, if you dry clean items, remove the dry cleaning bag before storing them.
Clean Everything Removed from Seasonal Clothing Storage
Step two, repeat this process with the clothing that is coming out of storage. You don’t want to fill your closet with stuff that you can’t — or won’t — wear.
The items that you are taking out of storage need to be properly laundered. This is especially important if you stored them with mothballs, cedar chips, or other protective chemicals, natural or man-made.
While everything is out of the drawers and closet, take some time to clean. Vacuum, dust, and inspect for any sign of insects or other pests. Consider putting in fresh drawer liners. Make sure your clothes have a clean, pest-free place to live this season.
Pack Your Seasonal Wardrobe Storage Properly
Step three, there is an ideal way to store clothing, and it’s not throwing your wardrobe in garbage bags and putting them in the attic. These are the most effective tips for seasonal wardrobe storage.
- Store lightweight items in garment bags, still on the hanger.
- Fold heavier items and put them in tubs.
- Stack heaviest clothing on the bottom with lighter, delicate items on top.
- Use plastic tubs, but not airtight ones.
- Use acid-free paper to protect precious items, like wedding dresses.
- Line wooden boxes with acid-free paper or sheets of cotton to protect clothing from stains.
- Create an inventory for each tub or garment bag and clearly label them so that you can find what you need next season.
Store Your Seasonal Clothing Properly
Step four, decide where to store your clothing. You don’t want to ruin it, and you want it to smell good when it’s time to wear it again. Frankly, it’s easier to prevent odors than it is to get rid of them.
- Store in dry, cool areas away from sunlight, water, and bugs.
- Choose the laundry room, spare closet, or under staircases.
- Avoid the attic, garage, and basement, if you can. If you can’t, avoid cardboard boxes.
- Make it easy on yourself. Consider an air-cooled storage unit.
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