Tips for storing winter clothes

The winter is almost over which means you need to free some space in your closet for your spring/summer clothes. It is unnecessary to buy another closet just for your winter wear. For this reason, storing winter clothes seems like the best solution. You should properly store your winter wear if you want to use them next year as well. If you are not sure how to do it, here are all the best tips for this task.

clothes hanging on the rack
It is time to store your sweaters away

Storing winter clothes – clean everything 

You should not store your winter clothes if they are dirty. There is no point in storing them. For this reason, you should wash and dry completely your clothes. Dirt and oil can cause serious damage to your clothes. As for shoes, clean the soles with a brush and wash the rest. In addition to this, in order to save space, you should donate some of your clothes. You can contact local charities, Goodwill or the Salvation Army USA. 

Fold instead of hanging your sweaters 

Hanging your sweaters can stretch clothing. For this reason, you should fold all sweaters and coats. In addition to this, make sure to zip or button your winter clothes before folding them. Stack them on top of each other and place them inside quality moving boxes. Do not overpack since this can also cause damage. Lastly, fur should be hung rather than folded. This is the only exception. 

storing winter clothes - fold your sweaters
Do not hang your sweaters but fold them

Storing winter clothes in plastic bins 

Even though cardboard boxes are perfectly fine, plastic bins are even better. They are sturdy, transparent, and they come with a lid. Your clothes will be perfectly safe inside a plastic bin. In addition to this, mice are attracted to cardboard while they cannot get inside the plastic bin. If you still wish to use boxes, then make sure to find the best possible storage service. A climate-controlled storage unit is the best solution in this case. Lastly, you can label plastic bins as well if you wish. Stack them on top of each other. The heavier bins should be at the bottom and the lighter ones on the top. 

The last set of tips 

Here is the last set of tips for storing winter clothes. 

  • Use tissue paper – place white tissue paper in between the layers. You will prevent colors from fading. In addition to this, you can even use paper towels or toilet paper if you do not have any tissue paper. 
  • Baking soda – you can prevent unpleasant smell by sprinkling a little bit of baking soda. This is especially important for your shoes.  
  • Keep pests away – as mentioned, you can use plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes. In addition to this, you should use mothballs, cedar scented panels, and lavender essential oil. Mothballs can be dangerous for small children and pets so avoid these if you can. 
  • Plastic bags – do not use plastic bags since they do not allow air and moisture to circulate. This way you are increasing the risk of mildew and mold. 

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