How To Store Your Winter Clothing
With spring in full swing and the first day of summer just around the corner, you’ve probably found yourself wondering what to do with all of your winter staples. Sure, you could leave your coats, sweaters, and heavy jackets in the closet until next season, but think about how much extra space you could have in your closet without them.
But once you’ve decided that you’ll store your winter clothes, other questions naturally arise. Is a box in the garage enough to keep all of your cozy staples safe? Does temperature matter or can you store anything virtually anywhere?
In today’s post, we’re going to provide you with everything you need to know in order to safely store all of your winter clothing. When you’ve made room in your closet, shop the Double Icon catalog and find affordable women’s clothing you can wear with confidence all summer long!
Storing Your Winter Clothing
Prepare Your Clothes
Once you’ve determined which clothes you’re going to set aside for the summer, you’ll need to clean and dry them to ensure that no odors or body oils are going with them into storage. In addition to damaging clothes and attracting moths and other insects, body oils can also create a strong, musty odor that’s incredibly difficult to clean. Most items can probably be washed as you normally would, but don’t forget that even dry-clean-only items need to be laundered before you can store them.
After you’ve washed and cleaned your clothes, you’ll want to make sure that you have some way to keep everything fresh and clean while it’s in storage. While deodorizing balls and essential oils can do the job, standard dryer sheets are just as effective and usually more cost-effective if you already have them on hand.
Sort By Material
As a general rule of thumb, fabrics with natural fibers like cotton should be gently folded and stored with room to spare. You don’t want to pack items too tightly, as some items can become permanently creased. Garments with synthetic fibers require a bit more care, but it’s worth it in the long run. You’ll want to place acid-free material between any folds you make, and many people find that acid-free tissue is a workable, cost-effective option.
If you’re storing sweatshirts, winter jackets, and coats, be sure to zip everything up all the way and use your acid-free material whenever necessary. High-end items will benefit from zip-up bags that add an extra layer of protection.
You probably have a couple of cardboard boxes lying around, but you’ll want to invest in large plastic containers for clothing storage. While cardboard boxes are great for moving and storing items that aren’t overly sensitive to temperature and humidity, your clothing is another story. In fact, cardboard boxes often contain chemicals that can damage your clothing, and they’re also unreliable when it comes to protecting against insects and water. Trust us — investing in a couple of sturdy plastic containers is the best way to keep your items safe season after season.
Once you’ve packed everything away, be sure to store your containers in a cool, dry location that won’t fluctuate drastically like a garage. Basements and indoor storage areas are ideal, as is your closet if you have leftover space. Label each box according to its contents, just in case you need to pull something out early!
Invest In Summer Clothing
Now that you’ve made plenty of room in your closet, it’s time to invest in affordable women’s clothing that you can enjoy summer after summer. Check out the Double Icon catalog for stylish clothes from some of today’s hottest fashion designers!