The more clothing you have, the more difficult it gets to keep your wardrobe organized. When you’re ready to break out the season’s clothing, you’ll need to do something with the items that are currently in your closet. These eight tips will help you when it’s time to swap out your clothing for the season.
1. According to HGTV, you should evaluate each piece of clothing before hanging it up or packing it away. Does it still fit? Do you like it? Do you wear it? Is it current?
2. Before adding a bunch of clothing to your nearly-empty closet, clean it out. Vacuum the floor, dust the shelves, make sure there aren’t any insects, and clean carpet stains.
3. Get rid of the wire hangers. Even lightweight clothing should be hung on high-quality hangers. If you want to keep certain items on hangers even while storing them for the season, put them in a breathable garment bag. The best way to store hanging clothes is on a rolling garment rack. Knit items and heavy pieces should be folded and stored.
4. Never use cardboard boxes to store your clothing for the season. Cardboard can break down over time and attract insects. Cardboard is okay for short-term storage, but if you’re packing your clothing away for a few months, opt for plastic containers that have secure lids. The containers shouldn’t be airtight, though – air circulation helps fend off mildew and mold. If you’re not sure if your plastic containers are breathable enough, drill a few small holes in the top and sides of the container.
5. Don’t store clothing in the attic or basement. To keep your clothing in the best condition possible, you have to think about climate control. Either keep your clothing in the main part of the home or rent a climate-controlled storage facility. Attics and basements tend to be humid, which can attract insects, mold and mildew.
6. Never store clothing in a wooden container, especially if it’s cedar. If you have to store your clothing in a wooden container, line it with cotton bed sheets, muslin, or acids-free paper. If wood comes into contact with your clothing, it could stain.
7. Preserve your most precious pieces. If you’re storing special occasion clothing, you may want to have them preserved professionally. To do it yourself, make sure they’re clean, wrap them with acid-free tissue, and then put them in an archival storage box.
8. Before storing your clothing for the season, Rubbermaid suggests washing your clothing, particularly if they’re stained. Treat the stains before storing so that they don’t set while packed away.
The changing seasons are a great cue for evaluating your closet. If you’re able to give your wardrobe a once-over every season or even twice a year, you’ll keep your closet de-cluttered, making it easier to find your favorite pieces. Don’t try to squeeze everything into the same space – making room for your seasonal clothing will keep them wrinkle-free and in good condition.