Spring is in full bloom, which means it’s time to put away our heavy winter clothes that have been keeping us warm all winter long. Storing away winter clothes is one of my favorite tasks on my spring cleaning list, as it signals a new season of warmer weather and lighter clothing.
Winter clothing can be tricky to put away because of its size, but if you don’t store them properly, your clothing may become exposed to dust, moisture, and other environmental factors that may damage them overtime. Here are 5 easy ways to properly store your winter clothes, so they stay fresh and ready to wear next season.
Donate Unworn Items
Before you begin packing your winter clothes, consider getting rid of tattered items and donating pieces you didn’t wear. It’s an opportunity to assess what you want for the upcoming season and to get rid of any items that no longer fit or are out of style. This practical approach will help you save storage space and will make unpacking much easier for the next year.
Wash Your Clothes
Wash every single article of clothing and make sure they are completely dry before storing. Refer to the wash label attached to your clothing and create piles for items that need to be dry cleaned, hand washed, use cold or hot water, etc. This makes the washing process much easier, and you’ll be able to tackle each pile efficiently.
Did you know? Natural fibres like cotton and wool are the most likely to host mold, but it can also grow on synthetics too. So make sure your clothing is completely dry before storing away.
Choose Your Storage Options
Choose a suitable storage container for your clothing. If you have a lot to store away and very little space, I recommend using vacuum-sealed bags. Another option is air-tight containers. As long as your storage containers are air-tight and moisture-proof, your clothing will stay fresh.
Tip: If you have a storage bin that has a strong plastic smell, create a paste solution using water and baking soda and wipe down the bin. Allow the bin to sit outside or in a dry and well-ventilated area for a day or two and rinse off and dry before using.
Keep Clothes Smelling Fresh
If you’re using a storage bin that held your spring/summer clothes, be sure to thoroughly wipe the bin before storing your clean winter clothes. You can include several dryer sheets in between clothing to keep them smelling fresh. Some natural alternatives you can use include adding several drops of essential oils to a wool dryer ball or paper towel. To protect fine fabrics, you can also include cedar blocks in your airtight storage bins to repel moths.
Tip: To freshen any kind of clothing that has been sitting in storage, simply hang them outside for a few minutes.
Store your vacuum-sealed bags and bins in a dry, dark, clean, and cool area. This can be in a spare room, closet, or underneath your bed. Avoid areas that lack airflow and temperature control, such as attics or garages. The fluctuation in temperatures or humidity can cause mold growth which can ruin your clothing and lead to unpleasant smells.
With these tips in mind, you can keep your winter clothing smelling fresh until next season! What are some ways you keep your clothing smelling fresh in storage? I’d love to hear your tips. For more posts relating to productivity, visit my tag here.