People without enough space in their closet are familiar with the struggle of needing to rotate wardrobe. At the end of winter, you will have to pull your shirts and shorts out and keep your winter clothing somewhere else.
But the question is, where should you keep your winter clothes for the time being? Is it safe to store them in the garage? How about the attic? Keeping your winter clothes properly requires some preparations. Maintain the freshness of your winterwear until the next time you will need them by following these simple steps.
We will answer some questions you may have about storing winter clothing when not in use and also give you some helpful tips to maximize your storage space.
A Guide on Proper Storing of Winter Clothes During Spring and Summer
Once the season starts changing, people’s choices in clothing usually change with it. For example, gloves, coats, hats, and sweaters are exchanged for something light to prepare for warmer days. To maintain your seasonal clothing and make sure they remain in perfect shape while not in use, it’s crucial to keep it properly. The small effort you exert in making sure your winterwear is packed correctly will make a huge difference by the time you need to unpack it once more.
Clean All Your Winter Clothing Before Packing
The perfect time to clean your clothes thoroughly is right before you start packing them for the off-season. When you store your clothes, any stains that you leave on them will get worse and become more prominent over time. It is also a lot less likely for clean and good-smelling clothes to attract the unwanted attention of insects that might bite a hole into them.
What about clothing that needs to be hand washed or dry cleaned?
Take the time to wash your winter clothes properly. Some may need to be dry-cleaned, some may need to be washed by hands. Just make sure that you clean them according to their tag instructions before you store them away.
Here are a few tips to make sure that your winter clothes are ready to be packed:
- Wash every single piece of clothing
- Use deodorizers
Choose The Right Container
Cardboard boxes and plastic storage containers can both be used in storing clothes. Just remember to check the boxes to make sure they are clean to prevent possible staining. However, even though cardboard boxes may appear clean at face value, they may still attract insects. And if any moisture gets trapped inside a plastic container, it will encourage the growth of mildew and mold that might cause damage to your clothes. One of, if not the best, storage containers you can use in storing off-season clothing is empty luggage that has been cleaned thoroughly. If you want to add a layer of protection to your clothes, you may wrap them in acid-free tissue paper.
Be Mindful In Using Mothballs
Mothballs are an effective solution to any insect problem. However, remember that they are a form of toxic pesticide and can be lethal to both pets and children when ingested. A safer method of preventing insect infestation is by lining your packing container with cedar blocks. But of course, keep in mind that no solution is fool-proof, and there is no guarantee that there will not be any bug problems. Follow the label instructions to the tee when it comes to using any type of chemical, store them somewhere out of children’s and pet’s reach.
Hang Items Properly
For the pieces of clothing that need to be hung, like coats for one, make use of all available hanging loops to maintain the shape of the clothes. Then, wrap them with breathable material, like a fabric or garment bag. Make sure there is enough space for air to circulate. Doing this will not only reduce the possibility for mold and mildew to grow but also avoid creases from forming on your clothes. We do not recommend keeping clothes in a plastic bag because they are not breathable enough.
Not Everything Should Be Hung
You don’t need to hang knitted pieces of clothing like sweaters because they might lose their shape from being hung for a long time. Fold them carefully instead, and then store them in a safe and clean container.
How to stack things up in a storage container?
When stacking the clothing pieces you folded, start with the heaviest pieces and put them at the very bottom, then work your way to the lightest pieces on top. Don’t overcrowd your containers with too much content; it will cause stubborn wrinkles while in storage for a long time.
Here’s a cheat sheet on which ones should be hung and which ones should be folded:
Fold, then put them in a fabric bag for storage if you have any, or a plastic bin if you don’t. Leave enough space for air to circulate inside the container to avoid mold build-up.
Make sure all zippers are up, and buttons are done, then fold the coats with leather, faux fur, or wool material to maintain their shape. If your coat has real fur on it, however, hang it up.
- Clothes with delicate fabric
Take them out of the dry-cleaning plastic bags and wrap them in acid-free tissue paper instead, then place them inside garment bags made of cotton.
Pack them with tissue paper to make sure they will maintain their shape, then place them in plastic containers.
Place a boot form in each of them to aid in keeping its shape. Put them in storage while on their sides. You can keep them in plastic bins with an old shirt or a pillowcase placed in between each pair.
- Casual clothes
Roll them instead of folding to save space, then store them in a plastic storage bin.
Make Sure Your Storage Space Is Clean, Dry, Cool, and Dark
Your storage space should clean, dry, cool, and dark to maintain the excellent quality of your clothes. So take the time to clean the space before using it as storage. Go for a place that is less likely to be exposed to a high temperature. Steer clear from locations with a heating source nearby. A dark area will make sure your clothes won’t fade. A dry place is perfect since any form of wetness and even just moisture can cause mold and attract insects.
Do you want to know a secret?
An excellent place to keep your winter clothes in is under your bed. Just make sure that they are neatly wrapped and folded, of course.
Visit Your Storage
Do not leave your storage unattended for a very long time. Make it a habit to check on your things regularly to ensure that there are no problems. Once you are ready to take your winter clothes out of storage, though, clean everything first before you put them on.
Why would you even bother storing seasonal clothes?
Storing off-season clothes that you will not be using for a long time will provide you convenience in choosing an outfit for the day. Also, keeping them in an optimal storage place while not being used will help in maintaining their shape and color, making them look fresh once you need to use them again.
How do you store winter clothes in a small room?
If you do not have the option for an offsite storage room or any available space in your closet for your winterwear, think creatively and find any areas in your room that you can use as makeshift storage – like under the bed or on top of a cabinet, for example.
Enclosed or open rolling garment rack
You can use this to hang sensitive clothes in order to maintain their shape and preserve their material.
Make use of the empty space on your wall
- Keep your rack on an empty wall. If the rack does not have an enclosure, cover it with cotton fabric to protect your clothes from gathering dust.
- Keep pieces of set clothing hung together.
- You can label them using a sharpie and a thick ribbon. Either tie the ribbon to the rack directly or to the hangers.
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