How to properly store winter clothes

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FINALLY spring has arrived – and that means it’s time to pack up your cold weather gear for the season. While you want to put everything in a box and call it a day, taking a little extra care will ensure your clothes stay fresh while they “hibernate” for the summer. Below, we share some guidelines on storing winter clothes – along with our Bed Bath & Beyond picks to help you knock this task off your to-do list.

wash your clothes

Before putting your things away, clean them one last time. Wash, dry clean, and spot treat to ensure no lentil soup odors or splatters set in for months. Then put your things away – and think how nice it will be to open fresh, clean clothes in the fall.

Decide if you want to hang or fold

Some clothes can be folded and put away for the season, but others do better when left on hangers. Delicate items like dresses and camisoles should be folded in acid-free paper, then stacked in a box from heaviest to lightest on top. Structured coats and blazers should be hung on hangers to help them retain their shape. As for sweaters, fold them to prevent their yarn from stretching. T-shirts and sweatshirts can also be folded, but don’t overcrowd the containers or they’ll come out crumpled.

Choose your storage wisely

Being strategic in your storage choices will help your clothes last longer. Plastic bins are certainly useful for some winter items, but some materials will do better in containers that “breathe”. (More on that in a moment.)

Protect everything from insects

Your winter clothes may be taking a break from spinning, but moths are hungry all summer long. No one, absolutely no one, wants to find nibbled holes in their sweaters in the fall. So even if you don’t think you have moths, it is wise to take precautions by using natural repellents like cedar.

Select your storage location

A cool, dry place is the ideal place to store off-season clothing. Air-conditioned attics, garages and basements can work, but avoid damp places. which can lead to mold. If you don’t have a lot of space, look for space-saving solutions that work for closets and under the bed.

Ready to see specific suggestions for each part of your winter wardrobe pack-a-thon? Continue reading.

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