A Quick Guide On How To Store Winter Clothing Away

Many of us know the struggle of rotating wardrobe, especially if we are short on closet space.

When winter ends, it’s time to pull out our shorts and t-shirts and store our winter clothes elsewhere – but storing winter clothes properly requires some prep work.

There are a few things to consider before we decide to store heavy clothing away:

  • Where to store winter clothes?
  • How do we prepare winter clothes for storage?
  • How much of our winter clothing shall we put away?

The Plan

Always Keep Some Winter Clothing Handy

To start with, before you decide to store everything away, remember to keep a few winter outfits in handy, in case of sudden weather changes.

Clean Everything Before Placing Away

Make sure your clothes look and smell pristine before you place them away. By cleaning your clothes, not only they will be ready for you to wear them next winter, but cleaning will also avoid fabric deterioration due to body oils, bad smells and potential mould growth.

Choose The Right Room

Always store your winter clothing in a cool, clean, dry and dark location. Garages and attics might sound and look like a tempting and easy idea to go for, but these spaces can easily become too damp and dusty for clothing storage. Cool and dry are the two most important factors for clothing storage, and ignoring any of these factors, could damage your clothing. If you don’t have any spare rooms or areas at home, it’s a good idea to search for self-storage options, where optimum temperature and hygiene comes with the environment.

Store Them Properly

Once the clothing is clean and you have the ideal space to store them away, the next thing to consider is how to organise and store them. To start with, no matter where you store your clothes, there’s a chance that things can start smelling a little musty over the warm summer months, so adding a few drops of lavender essential oil or dryer sheets inside of each container or garment rack are always good ideas.

Next, as a general rule, use plastic containers with lids for clothing that can be folded, and plastic covers on top of all the hangers. Paper boxes can be acidic and damage some garments over time.

A Quick Recap

  • Keep a few items handy in case you need them
  • Clean everything before placing it in plastic boxes and hangers with plastic covers
  • Choose the right room for storage at home: cool (not cold!), dry and dark
  • Opt for affordable self-storage in case you have no adequate space at home for proper clothing storage