Spring is almost here. As you spring clean and consider which clothes you want to get rid of and which you don’t, you’re less likely to wear winter clothes as the temperatures warm up.
Many put their clothes in a section of the closet, and that's that. However, this can be problematic for several reasons. First, once winter comes, they may have a smell that can be tough to eliminate. Second, they're susceptible to pests that can damage them.
Here's what you need to do to keep your clothes as fresh as possible.
Airtight Storage is Your Friend
The simplest way to keep your clothes fresh for the year is to put them in vacuum-sealed bags or plastic bins with secure lids. These options keep your clothes from bad odors and keep pests out.
Plastic bins are ideal for shoes and clothing that could be damaged if vacuumed sealed, such as clothing with feathers. In addition, delicate clothing should be put in bins as well. Fasten everything and pull up any zippers before placing them in bins. Cedar balls or lavender work as a natural pest repellant, and charcoal bags can help you keep your clothes from smelling fresh.
You should also avoid putting them in the garage or attic when storing them. Instead, you want your clothing in a cool, dry, dark place. Doing this will ensure they look and smell great for the winter.
Despite being airtight, you want to ensure the clothing keeps its original shape. Stuff shoes with newspaper so they won't be misshapen when you're ready to use them next winter.
Storing When You Don’t Have Much Space
The challenge with storing your winter items can come if you lack any space. One way to avoid this is to use the space you already have. For example, if you don't travel much, you can store your containers inside a luggage bag. Alternatively, you can keep them stored via hanging vacuum-sealed bags. Always think vertically when you lack space.
Once it starts warming up for good in your area, don't be afraid to store your winter clothes. Doing so will ensure their longevity and prepare you for the next season.