As the weather changes, many of us will have to make room in an already bulging closet for next season’s wardrobe. When it’s time to swap out summer skirts for winter slacks, follow these tips to make sure your duds are packed away with the upmost care so they stay protected and fresh until next year.
• As you pack away seasonal clothing, take advantage of the opportunity and sort through your wardrobe to decide what you truly wear. If you haven’t worn a garment, a pair of shoes or a handbag all season, or if they’re not in good condition, then get rid of them. Donate or give them to a friend or family member who will enjoy them just as much as you did (or didn’t).
• Be sure to wash or dry clean clothes before storing them. Clean clothes are less susceptible to damage from moths and mold. Do not use fabric softener, starch or bleach because they attract moths.
• Cedar scented moth repellant is a great addition to any closet that’s used for seasonal storage. It hangs in the closet, is safe for all fabrics and it protects your clothing without the overwhelming smell of moth balls. Most importantly, it is non-toxic.
• Use underbed canvas storage bags to store sweaters and blankets. The bags are made from a breathable material that prevents moisture from accumulating inside, eliminating issues with mold and dust. Plus, you can use them anywhere; closets, basements and below beds.
• Use garment bags to store longer clothes like jackets, gowns and sun dresses so they’re wrinkle free when you grab them next year. Choose bags that have clear fronts so you don’t lose track of what is inside.
• Maximize your vertical space by using transparent storage containers. They’re perfect for storing sweaters, shoes and handbags. Label them too so you can identify the contents easily.
• Now that your clothes are packed away, invest in an adjustable storage system like Organized Living freedomRail. This will provide you with the freedom to adjust based on your seasonal needs. For instance, in fall, you may need taller space for storing boots. And, more shelves vs. hangings space for storing bulky sweaters.
• Cut down on moisture in your closet with a dehumidifier which also helps allergies.
• Once you have your closet organized for the season, always use the “one in, one out rule” to keep your closet organized through winter and fall. Meaning, if you purchase something new, you have to be willing to let go of something old!
For additional tips for storing and protecting your wardrobe, download this free guide, courtesy Organized Living.