Now that the warm season is coming to an end, it’s time to start digging out our winter wardrobe for the upcoming cool temperatures. However, what exactly should we do in order to storing summer clothes? Let’s take a look at seasonal clothes storage tips:
Cleaning before Storing Summer Clothes
Before even considering a storage solution, cleaning all of those t-shirts and short sleeves is essential. Not only will this ensure they’re ready for immediate wear next summer, but it also means that they’ll go a long way in ensuring they live a longer wearable lifespan. Stain removal is essential since any stains will only darken and fade fabric over time. Similarly, clean clothes usually mean that insects and moths are less likely to be found next summer. Cleaning doesn’t completely eliminate the need for moth balls though and these should always be used liberally prior to storing clothes.
The Right Storage Solution
There’s a lot of different pros and cons to the various storage solutions. Large plastic storage containers are ideal and can be bought reasonably cheaply from a variety of stores, but special care must be taken to ensure that no bugs are in the case or clothing prior to packing as the controlled conditions of a plastic storage tub will allow insects to thrive. Cardboard boxes are also sometimes seen as acceptable, but aren’t the most durable solution against uncontrolled temperatures or moisture. The best solution is arguably an unused suitcase or duffel bag. These provide the necessary hardiness against changing, unmonitored storage conditions and protection against insects.
Moth balls are the best possible solution for combating insects in a storage situation. However, they’re a natural beacon for pets and young children. The combination can spell poisonous and sometimes lethal results. Cedar blocks and lining can also provide very good protection values against moths and other insects, and should be considered when storing clothes alongside pets and children.
Hanging should be done with caution. Knitwear, while more common in winter wardrobes, can lose their shape if left to hang over long periods. If any items are going to be left hanging for storage purposes, then owners should take care to ensure there’s adequate air circulation around the garments and should consider using suit bags to protect against moisture and insects.