Storing winter clothes

Storage. Spring means warming conditions, and less of a need for scarves, gloves and bulky winter items. Take care to store it all properly, however, or they may not be in the proper condition to keep you cozy again when the seasons change.

| 14 Mar 2024 | 12:58

Clean it first

Properly clean all winter wear prior to storing. Cleaned items keep musty odors away, and moths too. Closely follow manufacturer instructions, taking note of proper washing instructions — including requirements to dry clean only. These guidelines will vary depending on the garment. Be on the lookout for stains and address them before storage. Otherwise, they might become permanent after being put away for months. Dry-clean items shouldn’t be stored inside the plastic carrying bags from the cleaners, since they can attract moisture which promotes mildew. Wrap everything with cotton sheets instead. This material keeps dust away while also promoting the flow of air.

Pack it away

Winter wear tends to take up a lot of room in drawers and closets. Storing these bulky items allows space for lighter, more spring-time appropriate items. Purchase storage containers that can be concealed in the back of closets or under the bed, since you won’t need easy access to them for many warmer months. These bins, when properly closed, prevent intrusions by unwanted odors, insects and moisture. Cardboard boxes were commonly used to store clothing in the past, but should be avoided. They’re constructed with paper, acid and glues that can attract pests who will then potentially do great damage to your clothing and you won’t know until the temperatures start falling again.

Watch the temps

Climate control is critically important whether you plan to keep winter clothes in your closet, under the bed or in another storage area. Any space must be properly ventilated, cool and dry – with moisture being the most important element to guard against. Avoid keeping things in an unfinished basement, attic or most garages, because they don’t include important safeguards. Weather extremes and potential pest infestations in storage areas that are not climate-controlled can lead directly to permanent damage to your clothes. If it’s increasingly difficult to find room for everything, consider donating some items to charity.