As temperatures cool, you may find yourself transitioning from tanktops, shorts and swimsuits to sweaters and jeans. Properly storing your summer clothes will not only free up space in your closet or dresser but will also protect your summer favorites for next year’s wear. Here are a few tips to help you store these items the right way:
Assess your needs:
Before you store clothes for the season it’s a good idea to review what you have and what you want to keep. Sort clothes into piles of what you want to keep, what can be donated and what needs new buttons or alterations.
Make sure it is clean:
You should never store anything dirty. Even if it doesn’t smell or look dirty now, after sitting for a few months that bacteria will grow and new stains and smells will show up. Even items that haven’t been worn recently but have been sitting in your closet for a while could use a quick wash.
Make sure anything you store has been washed and dried very recently. Take time to have nicer items professionally cleaned. Do not leave dry-cleaned items in the plastic they are returned in as this may trap moisture and eventually lead to yellowing fabrics. Let items breathe in your closet for a day and then store them in proper storage containers.
Invest in good storage:
There are many different options for storage containers and the best one for you really depends on the amount of storage you have. You can choose to have your items hanging in your closet, carefully slid under the bed or stacked on a shelf.
Cloth bags will protect your garments from dust but still allow them to breathe but plastic containers will do a better job of protecting your items from mice and pests. Plastic totes will protect your clothes from pests and moisture but it’s extremely important to make sure your items are dry before storing. Plastic totes may also be bulky and take up a lot of room on your closet. If you don’t have much space, you may choose a vacuum-sealed bag that can compress fabrics for easy storage.
Protect from pests and smells:
As you pack the clothes, layer them with lightly-scented tissue paper or dryer sheets to keep them smelling fresh while stored away. You should also include moth repellents like lavender or cedar wood to keep moths away. These natural repellents also have a pleasant smell.
Put it away:
The final step in properly storing summer clothes is finding the best place for them to rest. You want to keep your clothes away from any moisture or pests so a garage or shed is not a good idea. An indoor closet is the ideal place to store clothes for a season but under your bed is also a good option if your home is tight on space.