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Unfortunately, summer has to come to an end. On the bright side, it’s an excuse to make some space in your closet and pull out those delicious knits by packing away your summer clothes. An important thing to consider is how to store your garments, as the last thing you want is to take them out and find they have moth holes, have yellowed, or smell damp. If you’re in doubt, no worries. Just follow the tips below to ensure your clothes fresh and safe this cold season and they’ll definitely make it to next spring!
Wash And Dry Your Clothes
It might seem silly to wash your clothes only to then pack them away for the fall but can you imagine opening your vacuum bag 6 months later to the smell of sweaty clothes? Before packing away your garments, wash them and ensure they are completely dry before ironing them. Cleaning your clothes is important so that when you unpack them, they will still smell fresh and will be ready to wear.
Clean Your Closet
Vacuum and wipe down your closets to ensure they’re clean before storing your clothes. Dirt and dust attract moths and vermin, which can find their way into your shelves and subsequently, your clothing. Vacuum and clean the carpet before completing your packing as it’s is also a good way to avoid an invasion of the little creatures.
Protect Your Clothes Against Moths
Moths can ruin your clothes, so it’s best to take preventive measures. Most people think mothballs are the answer but they can actually do more harm than good as they can be unsafe for children and pets. Cedar is a natural moth repellent; you can buy cedar balls, blocks or even oil diffusers and keep them in your vacuum bags. To keep your garments smelling fresh, add some dryer sheets or lavender — also a natural repellent. You can tuck some lavender into a cotton pouch to seal in with your clothes.
Buy Vacuum Pack Bags
The beauty of vacuum bags is that they take up less space and they’re a cheap solution. You’ll be saving space, money and your sanity. Spend less time trying to figure out how many boxes and bags you’ll need for your clothes. Word of warning: it’s probably best not to pack your expensive or sentimental pieces of clothing in them, since you don’t want to run the risk of damaging them. It’s best not store your clothes in these bags for extensive periods of time as they can damage the material due to how tightly packed they are.
Store Your Clothes In A Safe Environment
Plastic bags can contain chemicals, which can damage sensitive items over a period of time and they won’t be as secure as a vacuum bag. There’s also the chance of the bag becoming damp, which can yellow your clothing and ruin the material. Store your clothes in a cool, dry and dark place. Mildew can start growing within 48 hours which makes it extra important that they’re kept away from any kind of moisture.
Avoid Cardboard Boxes
When it comes to packing, moving and storing, most of us instantly think about cardboard boxes as a solution. They might be useful for moving house but it’s a bad idea to store your clothes in them for long periods of time. Cardboard can be chewed easily, so rats, mice and cockroaches can infiltrate the box, a nightmare in the making. There’s more chance of mold setting in too, as cardboard gets damp.
Take A Sneak Peak
Since you’re storing your clothes for months check on them at least once, to ensure they’re still in good condition. In case anything has gone wrong, you’ll have enough time to resolve the issue. If you’re travelling, don’t forget about your clothes. Ask someone else to check on them.
Storing your summer clothes makes more space in your wardrobe and will keep them fresh and in good condition, until it’s time to wear them again. By following a few basic rules, keep your clothes fresh and new for when you unpack them next year.
Tony Kantzavelos is the owner of Love Your Dress., specializing in dress cleaning, alterations, and repairs since 1986. He appreciates a tailor-made dress the most and loves sharing tips for customizing and taking care of almost any kind of dress.
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