Winter is fondly thought of as the season for thick, oversized jumpers, hot drinks, rugging up with your favourite blanket, and embracing hibernation. But, alas, with Summer just around the corner, all your knits, coats and throws are likely to take up valuable real estate in your wardrobe. Storing last season’s clothes and blankets is a great de-cluttering exercise and allows current season items to be more visible and accessible.
Storing your clothes properly is paramount to avoid damage and unwanted mildew. With that in mind, we have compiled some basic steps on how to safely store your seasonal clothes:
Step 1: Wash everything thoroughly.
Ensure your clothes are washed prior to storing, using a high quality washing liquid. Try to lift stains before storing to prevent them from darkening over time.
Step 2: Dry your clothes outside.
To eliminate dampness and potential mould, dry your clothes outside and/or in sunlight if it is possible to do so. Always ensure clothes are completely devoid of dampness before storing.
Step 3: Use a vacuum seal bag.
Vacuum seal bags are a great solution for maximising the storage volume on bulkier, more durable items such as blankets and coats. There is some debate around how suitable vacuum seals are for long-term use, particularly with clothing made of natural fibre fabrics as they compress when sealed and therefore take some time to decompress; for this reason, it is best to avoid storing delicate clothing items in vacuum seal bags, particularly over longer periods that span more than a few months.
Step 4: Place your clothes in high quality containers.
Ezy Storage’s Ultimate Storage Tubs are elegant, practical solutions, available in six different sizes. They feature a low profile reinforced lid which sits flush inside the base and the multi-directional wheels make them easy to manoeuvre on various surfaces.
100% BPA-free, Ezy Storage Ultimate Storage tubs feature integrated touch grips, and the 72L/76 Qt option is perfect for low storage spaces such as under the bed.
Step 5: Use moth repellent products.
Moth repellents are ideal for preventing moth damage and nasty odours. Make sure you place them at the top of your storage container for maximum protection (not within your garments). As many moth repellants can be toxic and harmful to pets and children, opting for natural, cedar-based products are a safer alternative. Again, ensuring items are completely dry before storing will minimise the risk of mildew and dampness.
Step 6: Store your containers in a cool, dry space.
Lastly, store your containers in a cool, dry space.