by Staff Writer
Don't let your seasonal clothing clog up your closet and dresser all year long. Store your seasonal clothes instead. Storing your seasonal clothes helps you keep your closet organized, clean and updated. Closet storage projects don't have to be difficult. When you have the right tools, closet storage and organization is easy. This article will tell you what you need to know in order to store your seasonal clothing the right way.
Seasonal clothing should be stored in a cool, dark and dry place. Make sure your storage space is clean before storing your clothes in the area.
Before storing your seasonal clothing, make sure it's clean and dry. Always read and follow manufacturer care instructions. Machine wash, hand wash or dry clean all items according to their individual care instructions.
Use garment storage racks for storing your hanging clothing. You may want to avoid storing sweaters on hangers as they can get stretched out and assume the shape of the hanger during storage. Choose a garment rack with a cover, such as a wardrobe storage rack or a storage armoire.
Use plastic storage bins with lids to store folded clothing, such as sweaters, and accessories. Fold your clothes neatly and pack the storage bins loosely to allow the clothes to breathe as well as to avoid crushing and creasing your clothes.
To repel insects, place a pouch full of cedar, lavender or moth balls (depending on your preference) inside each garment rack and storage bin. If you like, you can even use a cedar chest in lieu of a plastic bin to store your folded clothing. If you have children or animals in your home, you may want to opt for a natural insect repellent such as cedar or lavender rather than mothballs, which are toxic when ingested.
Before storing your shoes, make sure they are clean and dry. Polish, condition and/or waterproof all leather shoes according to manufacturer recommendations before you put them in storage. If you keep your shoe boxes, you can store each pair of shoes in its original box. If you don't keep your shoe boxes, store your shoes in a plastic bin or cardboard box with a lid.
Label all boxes and bins clearly and stack them neatly in your storage area. Check the area from time to time to make sure the conditions remain cool, dry and dark.