Savvy 7: Things to Do Before Storing Summer Clothes
With Old Man Winter about to come calling, we've decided to deem the next few weeks official "Festival of Clothing Rotation." Before you store away your summer things, make sure you've hit at least a couple items on our Savvy Seven list of storing tips—you'll hug yourself come spring when you open your storage containers and find your warm-weather duds as good as new. Plus, a little ounce of prevention makes costly clothes last longer saving you megabucks in the end.
Savvy Seven: Things to Do Before You Store Your Warm Weather Clothes
- Weed out the "bads": Take a sober look at what you wore last season and what stayed on the hanger for the second year running. If it hasn't fit or been worn in two years, it's time to donate it.
- Make repairs: For the items you decide to keep, make any necessary repairs now, rather than leaving your poor self to do it in fall.
- Laundry time: Even if they haven't been worn in awhile, any amount of lingering oils from your skin will take on that musty "granny's attic" scent and can deteriorate the fabric.
- Know When to Fold 'em: Oh to be a Gap-trained shirt folder at this time of year. Take an online tutorial if you need it and fold clothes carefully along seams to avoid dreaded perma-crease, that may not come out easily come spring.
- Keep Them Separated: Store like with like. Skirts go together with skirts, shirts with shirts and dresses with dresses. They'll stack better and will keep nicer.
- Don't Even Think About Mothballs: Mothballs are gross. They smell like old people. (sorry Gram!) But you know what isn't gross? Cedar chips. Although they're not a foolproof guarantee against insects, they're your better-smelling bet.
- Bag 'Em & Store 'Em: So now you've got your nice, clean, repaired and pristinely folded clothes in tidy stacks. Use up some of those plastic bags that hang out under your kitchen sink and bag your clothes in their stacks, stowing a few cedar chips in each. Press all the air out, seal with a twistie tie to keep insects and dust at bay and you can slide them right in your storage container or bag.