Send Your Winter Clothes on Spring Break

If we’re talking spring trends, it’s probably time to go through our closets and pack away our winter items. It’s also a good time to weed out the clothing you haven’t worn for longer than you care to admit. (My general rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in two years, there’s a good chance you never will. BTW, if you need help determining whether something is a keeper or weeper, I can help!)

To avoid pesky critters from unnoticeable traces of food or dirt, clean all clothes before you store it. Cleaning the storage containers or buying new cardboard boxes is a great added insurance policy. When folding items into storage, it’s important to consider the item. Fold all sweaters and knits for storage, as hanging will stretch their shape. Stack folded items from the lightest items on top to the heaviest on bottom. Heavy coats or jackets should be hung on wooden or padded hangers that will support their weight.

Always remember CLD: cool, light and dry. Storing your clothing in a cool, even temperature, well-ventilated, dry area away from artificial or natural light will give you the best results. And if you want your clothes smelling extra fresh, cedar chips or bars are a healthier (and more pleasant) alternative to mothballs.

Proper winter clothing storage may take a bit of extra time, but you’ll be so happy you did when that first cold day hits next fall.

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