Now that it is officially Spring, and the weather is getting slightly warmer, it’s time to think about packing away your winter clothes. If, like me, you don’t have the luxury of a walk in wardrobe to store all season’s clothing you will need to consider a few things before you pack away your jumpers and coats.
- STAIN REMOVAL: Now is the time to tackle any marks or stains, as you they won’t disappear in storage! Satins are more likely to darken over time. Dr. Beckmann do a good pre-wash stain removal.
- CLEAN EVERYTHING – Lingering oils from deodorants and perfumes can discolour clothing over time, leaving a nasty yellow tinge. Salt and dirt left on shoes and boots may cause damage and fading. Before packing away shoes and boots, sprinkle a little baking soda into each one. This will absorb odours and keep them from spreading to your other clothes.
- PACK CAREFULLY – stuff shoes and accessories with tissue paper, toilet paper or paper towels, to help keep their shape. If you are using tissue paper, white is best as it will avoid any colour transference. White tissue paper should also be used between each article of clothing to avoid colour transfer
- STACKING CLOTHES – Place heavier clothes at the bottom of storage container and lighter, more fragile garments on top. Clothing made of natural fibres should be folded, rather than hung up on a hanger. Hangers will stretch garments over time.
- CLEVER CONTAINERS – If you’re using garment bags to store winter items, use bags made from muslin or cotton like this one.
Plastic garment bags don’t allow air flow, so humidity can build up and cause condensation, which can damage clothing. Muslin or cotton bags allow clothes to ‘breathe’.
If you have suitcases or travel bags which you don’t use very often, you can save on storage space by using these to store unused, seasonal clothes.
When choosing storage containers, it’s best to choose dark colours to protect clothes from any natural light, which can fade clothes. (Just make sure you label your boxes!)
- Traditional moth balls contain insecticides to deter moths, but can be quite harmful to children and pets. A safer, effective alternative is a lavender sachet. Fill a small muslin bag with dried lavender, or even a few cotton wool balls with a few drops of lavender oil and place in your garment bags.
By using these tips and taking time to pack away your winter clothes properly, you will lengthen the lifespan of your clothes, and when winter comes around again, you’ll be ready with fresh, clean clothes!
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