How to organise your wardrobe: Safely storing your summer clothes
As winter fast approaches, we’re slowly but surely digging out the chunky knits and waving goodbye to the holiday dresses and shorts in our wardrobes. With that comes the nightmare of making room for all the woolly jumpers and coats and finding a place to store the rest of our clothes.
Though the tempting thing to do is pop everything into a few plastic bags, it’s actually well worth taking the time to store them safely to prevent mould, moth holes or even discolouration of our beloved clothes.
We’ve put together some top tips on how to keep your clothes in tip-top condition until next year!
1. Wash everything first
The biggest mistake a lot of us make is putting worn clothes into storage. However, there is nothing moths and bacteria enjoy more than the smell of sweet perfume or the remnants of food. So pop everything in the washer and ensure they are completely dry before storing them.
2. Avoid plastic dry cleaning bags
Plastic seriously traps moisture, so if you had anything dry cleaned then make sure you take it out of the bag. Otherwise you risk the fibres staining your clothes yellow from the trapped moist air in the bag.
3. Invest in sealed storage
After washing and folding your clothes, have sealable storage boxes or bags at the ready. Make sure there is a small gap between the top of the storage box and the lid to allow airflow to the clothes. For more delicate items, like silk summer dresses, sarongs or anything special, remove all protective plastic and pop them into cotton garment bags.
4. Keep your clothes smelling fresh
Lay clothing as flat as possible to avoid wrinkle damage and layer scented tissue paper or dryer sheets carefully between each item to keep them smelling fresh.
5. Use moth repellents to protect your clothes from holes
It is crucial that you pack moth repellents like lavender bags or cedar wood in your storage boxes as these natural products work really well to deter those dreaded moth holes in clothes.
6. Clever storage
Last but not least, if you are going to go to all that effort to protect your summer wardrobe then it’s nice to have somewhere beautiful to store them. Hammonds have a stunning range of clever storage solutions such as, window seating and made-to-measure wardrobes so you can ensure your clothes are out of sight but still easily accessible.