When the weather finally starts warming up, it’s tempting to simply toss bulky sweaters into bins in favor of lighter-weight clothes, but taking time to think about how to store winter clothing can save you frustration next year when the temperatures plunge. What’s most important: taking the time to do it properly.
Clean everything Cleaning deprives cloth-eating insects (moths, silverfish, etc.) of a reason to burrow into your duds. Take natural fiber clothing to the dry-cleaners, and wash everything else in the hottest setting allowed according to the manufacturer’s label.
Repair damaged items before storage. Be sure to point out any items that need extra care. Perform minor repairs yourself, or find a local tailor who can fix them at a reasonable cost.
Choose the appropriate storage method. Never store clothing in the plastic bags from the dry-cleaner, which don’t allow fabrics to breathe and promote humid environments that contribute to mildew. Bulky coats and jackets should be hung on sturdy clothes hangers, preferably wood but certainly not wire. Sweaters, shirts, pants and delicates should be folded carefully and can be stashed in plastic storage containers with tight-fitting lids that will help deter pests. Add a lavender or cedar sachet to keep items smelling fresh; their scent will deter bugs as well. If you live in a humid area, consider adding anti-dessicant packets (the kind you find in shoeboxes at the store) to absorb moisture, too.
Pick the right place to store everything. Try to avoid storing clothes in the attic, garage or basement. These places tend to be more humid, and less temperature-controlled, than other areas in the home. As a result, they’re havens for the very cloth-gnawing bugs we’re trying to avoid. Under the bed, in the back of the closet, even behind the sofa are all better locations.
Giving how to store baby winter clothing a little effort now is a great way to say goodbye to the cold, dreary days of winter. Not only will you make more room in your closet so you can find your favorite Spring and Summer outfits, you’ll also be paying yourself forward by ensuring your favorite cold-weather clothes are in great shape when winter rolls around again.
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