What to do With Your Winter Clothes Now that Spring is Here?

By May 3, 2019Alpine Lifestyle
What to do With Your Winter Clothes Now that Spring is Here

What to do With Your Winter Clothes Now that Spring is HereIt’s official: warmer days are the norm again, and all those coats, hats, jackets and thick socks are just taking up space in your closet and drawers with their once-useful fluffiness. It’s time to do away with them for a while but, as anyone who’s lived through a couple of winters on their own place, storing winter clothes is challenging, especially if you don’t have a lot of storage space. Well, don’t worry! We have lots of tips and tricks to help you pack up those seasonal clothes and maximize your free space.

Clean your gear before storage

Winter clothes are constantly being exposed to snow, dirt, mud, and humidity, so it’s a good idea to have them cleaned before tossing them into a box for a whole two or three seasons. How you should handle them depends entirely on the material, so wash what needs washing, dry clean what can only be dry cleaned, and stuff that fits neither category (like shoes and boots) should at least be wiped or brushed. Also, be prepared to store them with moth repellents or sachets of cinnamon, lavender or other deodorants, so they’re in good condition for next winter.

Keep some warm items around

Depending on where you live, it’s probably not a good idea to do away with all your warm clothes, simply because of the fact that crazy temperature changes are pretty common nowadays. Even if the heat is high during the day, the night might plunge into the lower 30s F, so keep a few light jackets around at the very least, or a nice sweater if you’re the “stay-inside-cozy” kind of person. Learn how to combine your basic spring clothes with some winter jackets, you’ll be thankful that you did.

Avoid storing everything the same way

Wrapping everything in a plastic dry-cleaner bag and throwing them to the back of the closet might seem like a no-brainer, but that won’t allow the fabrics to breathe and the humidity the builds up inside can cause mold to appear and spread to your clothes. It’s better to use plastic storage containers with some silicone desiccant thrown in to absorb moisture.

Avoid storing everything the same way

You probably don’t want to welcome the cold next winter wearing smelly shoes or boots, right? Well, a good method to get rid of bad smells is to sprinkle baking soda inside of them before storage, so that any odor will be absorbed and won’t spread to the rest of your closet. Just remember to dump it out before wearing them the next winter or you’ll have to get it out of your socks instead.

Avoid storing everything the same way

You’d think that long periods of just sitting around would be a lot gentler with fabrics, right? Well, it turns out that storage can be pretty harsh on certain clothing articles, so if you have any delicates around, you can wrap them in tissue paper and store them away from other items (or all together in their own box if there’s enough of them) using cotton garment bags. The tissue paper is to prevent the colors from rubbing off onto other items.

Some things should be out of the box

Anything made out of fur, leather, and wool, and any outerwear, should be stored hung instead of kept in a cramped box, or you’ll run the risk of drying them out. On the other hand, knitted items, silks, and synthetic fabrics should never be hanged for long periods of time because they’ll definitely lose their shape, and you’ll walk around with spiky shoulders next winter.

Get rid of anything you’re not wearing again

Remember that sometimes it’s just best to donate, give away, or otherwise get rid of certain clothes when the seasons change to maximize your storage space, and this should always be the first thing you do before starting your storing-and-sorting efforts. Why should you waste time, effort and space on something you’re not even gonna wear the next winter and probably didn’t wear this time around anyway? If you know when to wear spring clothes, then you know when to get rid of winter clothes.

If you’re hurting for space, or you need to get it clean to be able to use it again, why not start by doing a deep clean of your home? You will definitely see things in a different light after that, and your clothes will find their rightful space free of contaminants. It’s the best choice!

What to do With Your Winter Clothes Now that Spring is HereIt’s official: warmer days are the norm again, and all those coats, hats, jackets and thick socks are just taking up space in your closet and drawers with their once-useful fluffiness. It’s time to do away with them for a while but, as anyone who’s lived through a couple of winters on their own place, storing winter clothes is challenging, especially if you don’t have a lot of storage space. Well, don’t worry! We have lots of tips and tricks to help you pack up those seasonal clothes and maximize your free space.

Clean your gear before storage

Winter clothes are constantly being exposed to snow, dirt, mud, and humidity, so it’s a good idea to have them cleaned before tossing them into a box for a whole two or three seasons. How you should handle them depends entirely on the material, so wash what needs washing, dry clean what can only be dry cleaned, and stuff that fits neither category (like shoes and boots) should at least be wiped or brushed. Also, be prepared to store them with moth repellents or sachets of cinnamon, lavender or other deodorants, so they’re in good condition for next winter.

Keep some warm items around

Depending on where you live, it’s probably not a good idea to do away with all your warm clothes, simply because of the fact that crazy temperature changes are pretty common nowadays. Even if the heat is high during the day, the night might plunge into the lower 30s F, so keep a few light jackets around at the very least, or a nice sweater if you’re the “stay-inside-cozy” kind of person. Learn how to combine your basic spring clothes with some winter jackets, you’ll be thankful that you did.

Avoid storing everything the same way

Wrapping everything in a plastic dry-cleaner bag and throwing them to the back of the closet might seem like a no-brainer, but that won’t allow the fabrics to breathe and the humidity the builds up inside can cause mold to appear and spread to your clothes. It’s better to use plastic storage containers with some silicone desiccant thrown in to absorb moisture.

Avoid storing everything the same way

You probably don’t want to welcome the cold next winter wearing smelly shoes or boots, right? Well, a good method to get rid of bad smells is to sprinkle baking soda inside of them before storage, so that any odor will be absorbed and won’t spread to the rest of your closet. Just remember to dump it out before wearing them the next winter or you’ll have to get it out of your socks instead.

Avoid storing everything the same way

You’d think that long periods of just sitting around would be a lot gentler with fabrics, right? Well, it turns out that storage can be pretty harsh on certain clothing articles, so if you have any delicates around, you can wrap them in tissue paper and store them away from other items (or all together in their own box if there’s enough of them) using cotton garment bags. The tissue paper is to prevent the colors from rubbing off onto other items.

Some things should be out of the box

Anything made out of fur, leather, and wool, and any outerwear, should be stored hung instead of kept in a cramped box, or you’ll run the risk of drying them out. On the other hand, knitted items, silks, and synthetic fabrics should never be hanged for long periods of time because they’ll definitely lose their shape, and you’ll walk around with spiky shoulders next winter.

Get rid of anything you’re not wearing again

Remember that sometimes it’s just best to donate, give away, or otherwise get rid of certain clothes when the seasons change to maximize your storage space, and this should always be the first thing you do before starting your storing-and-sorting efforts. Why should you waste time, effort and space on something you’re not even gonna wear the next winter and probably didn’t wear this time around anyway? If you know when to wear spring clothes, then you know when to get rid of winter clothes.

If you’re hurting for space, or you need to get it clean to be able to use it again, why not start by doing a deep clean of your home? You will definitely see things in a different light after that, and your clothes will find their rightful space free of contaminants. It’s the best choice!

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