How to Store Your Winter Wardrobe Through Spring and Summer
Posted on 03 March 2017
One of the best days of the year is the day that the hope that you can put your coats, boots and heavy sweaters away turns into a reality. We aren’t fully there yet but the time is almost here, which means now is a great time to start preparing to put your winter garments away.
Although the idea of wadding up your winter clothes and throwing them in a box to forget about may sound appealing, it is best that you follow specific steps to get the most wear out of those clothes you spent time to find and money to buy.
- Wash or Dry Clean
One of the most important steps is to wash or dry clean everything that is going into storage for the spring and summer months. Insects and moths are actually attracted to human scents. Washing them before storing is a great way to keep yucky bugs at bay.
- Buy Plastic Bins
Plastic bins are best for storage. Don’t store in plastic bags (the ones that your dry cleaned clothes come in and also the vacuum-seal plastic storage bags) because they can dry out garments and cause yellowing of fabrics. It is important for fibers to be able to breathe, which is why plastic bins are great for most items: jeans, wool sweaters, t-shirts, polyester. D
Don’t cram items into a tub. Air flow is important for the longevity of your clothing.
- Handle Delicates… Delicately
When it comes to cashmere, organza or silk, grab an acid-free tissue paper to wrap the items up in. Then store the wrapped garments in canvas storage bags made from 100% cotton.
- To Hang, or Not to Hang
Sweaters should never be hung in storage. Store sweaters in plastic bins or fabric storage bags; being careful to keep the garments that are the heaviest at the bottom. Remember that air circulation is important to prevent mildew and mold from forming.
When it comes to coats, it is also best to fold, unless it is made of real fur, in which case you may want to pay for professional storage. For other coats that don’t need to be in special, climate-controlled areas, fold, then stack carefully into storage bags or plastic bins.
- Your Storage Environment Needs to be Just Right
You don’t want the space you keep your clothing to be too warm, bright, damp or dusty. Clean, cool, dark and dry are vital to the proper storage of clothing.
- Store Your Shoes and Boots
When it comes to boots, you need to be strategic about how you store them. If you shove them in a bin or a back of a closet for the spring and summer months, you may find them to be sadly misshapen when you pull them back out this fall. Invest in some boot forms. After inserting in your boots, you can lay them on their sides (flat) in your plastic bins. Separate each pair by a piece of breathable (cotton or muslin) fabric. It wouldn’t hurt to condition them beforehand either.
As far as other shoes, pack with tissue paper in storage. Wipe them down first!
Of course, it is important to check all pockets of coats to ensure they are empty. Wouldn’t it be a shame to find out that you packed a membership card away for the summer but couldn’t remember which bin it was in?!