How to Store Your Winter Wares
We’re not quite there, but spring is indeed on the horizon (well, maybe just beyond it), and with it comes the seasonal process of swapping out our winter sweaters and coats for sun dresses and light linens. But how can you ensure that your cold-weather wares will stay in good shape during a summer hibernation? Our guide to proper preparation and storage will help keep your clothing protected and fresh for when you see it again when the leaves start to fall.
Get Your Winter Clothes Ready
The last thing you want is to pull out your sweaters in the fall and find a stain or a smell. So before you pack anything away, make sure it’s been properly washed or dry cleaned (and that everything is completely dry before you close the lid). I also like to remove any pilling using a sweater stone or a fabric shaver so my clothes feel like new when I unpack them.
How to Store Them
If you have the room, coats are best stored in natural-cotton garment bags with a cedar plank zipped inside. You can do the same with sweaters, but a plastic tub or vacuum-sealed bag will do just fine so long as you can close it up tight. And because there’s nothing worse than pulling out your favorite cashmere turtleneck or a chunky wool pullover only to find it full of moth holes, a bit of cedar will help keep critters away. Old-fashioned moth balls are pungent and not entirely necessary—you can also add a few figs of lavender which will deter moths.
Where to Leave Them
If storage is at a premium in your home, it might be hard to find an ideal place to leave your packed-up winter wares. Find a cool, dry place that won’t be exposed to the elements. Garages and unfinished basements might allow moisture to seep into your garments, even if they’re securely sealed. So clear out some shelf space in a closet or tuck bins under your bed to say goodbye for now to all your cold-weather clothes.