7 Tips For Storing Your Off Season Clothing


7 Tips For Storing Your Off Season Clothing

As the season starts to change, it’s time to start thinking about opening up your closet space by moving your off season clothing out of – or to the rear of – your main wardrobe areas.

Here are seven tips to see you through the transition of hot summer weather to cool, rainy, perhaps ice-cold wintry days.

1. Reorganise what goes where

One of the best ways to keep yourself organised is to make your day run as smoothly as possible. If you’re reaching up high every time you want to wear an appropriate piece of clothing, or floundering around searching for the item you want, you’re just making it hard on yourself. Also, by reorganising what goes where, you’ll give yourself an opportunity to go through your clothes and decide what it’s time to let go of. If you’re a lover of Marie Kondo, check out our article on how to organise your wardrobe the KonMari way before you start decluttering.

2. Decide what stays and what goes

To start, pull all of your summer clothes out and put them on your bed or any other place where you have plenty of room to work. Sort through your clothes with an eye towards deciding what might be ready to go to donation. The simple rule: if you didn’t wear it this season, let it go. If you did wear it but noticed it was beginning to look faded, out of fashion, or just didn’t fit you well, let it go. Keep in mind that if you’re like most people, when the warm weather comes back, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be acquiring some new things anyhow.


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3. Clean before storing

Make sure that all of the clothes you want to store away are clean. You really don’t want to give moths or any other kinds of bugs a chance to ruin your clothes. Keeping them clean will keep tiny creatures away and ensure they’re ready be worn once the cold weather has passed.

4. Fold, don’t hang

A big tip for storing clothes is that you want to fold as many as possible. Storing clothes on hangers for an extended period tends to stretch them out and they lose their shape. There are, of course, certain exceptions like dresses which need to be hung, but most things can be folded and stored tightly.


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5. Invest in quality storage

Find proper storage containers for the things you’re storing. And consider where you’ll put those containers. If you really don’t think you’ll have a need for certain items, they can go high up on shelves or even in other rooms or under a bed. I’m a fan of large plastic storage bags (especially those which can be vacuum sealed to compress them to as small a space as possible) as they are harder for insects to penetrate. However, if you live in a humid environment, there’s a chance that your clothes may mildew. So, assess your situation – and then choose either a nice fabric storage box or another that’s more appropriate.


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6. Consider the scent of cedar

Invest in a few cedar blocks and throw those in with your stored clothing items. Cedar blocks are good pest-repellents and are not as toxic (or strong-smelling) as moth balls tend to be. Pets seem to be attracted to moth balls so using cedar will also minimise the chances of a pet emergency.

7. Cool, dark places are best for storing clothes

Ideally a cool, dark place is the best area for storing clothes. That will reduce the risk of colour fading while they’re being stored, and ensure they maintain their quality. Do this exact same routine twice a year (end of winter and end of summer) and your clothes will be well cared for, they’ll last longer, and your organisation skills will help you make your day run a little more smoothly.

Source: Peter Walsh, Realestate.com.au
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