This is a guide to help you safely store your end of season wardrobe ~ Transitioning from Summer to Fall. During your Closet Consult, we’ve pulled out and organized all Fall/Winter Garments, so you are now ready to store summer clothes.
No. 1 Now that your Closet Consult has been completed and clothes removed that ‘no longer fit’, are ‘out of style’ ‘needs to be repaired’ and ‘not repairable’ you can move on to neatly organizing the seasonal storage.
No. 2 Consider purchasing plastic or metal tubs with tight fitting lids, especially if you have no choice but to store the clothes on your basement floor. I do strongly suggest you purchase metal shelving for basement storage. Also, purchase garment bags for your more expensive items.
No 3 Prepare the storage area. Wash and dry storage tubs. If storing in a closet, vacuum the closet floor and dust the shelves, if needed. If you suspect mildew or mold presence, immediately address it.
Garment bags should be washed and thoroughly dry; If they are not washable, wipe out with disinfectant wipes and dry inside out.
No. 4 Repair any garment that needs it (i.e. replace zipper, re-stitch open seams, etc.), wash and dry.
No. 5 Wash everything you are going to store away. This will prevent any food or dirt from permanently staining your clothes and will not attract insects. Be sure every garment is completely dry before storing to prevent mold growth. Don’t use starch on garments as it attracts insects.
No. 6 Donate any clean and repaired clothes that have been removed from your closet. Contact organizations that take donations as to their season intake time line; You just might have to hold the clothes until the next season. Be sure to get a receipt for income tax purposes.
No. 7 Many clothes can be rolled (i.e. knits) to prevent hard line creasing. Before folding, insert plastic (i.e. a dry cleaning bag) inside of lighter weight garments to prevent hard creasing.
No. 8 Though an unpleasant odor, putting several moth balls in the bottom of the tubs are effective at keeping moths or other small insects at bay. Place clean white 100% cotton fabric or acid free tissue layer over the moth balls and up the sides of the tub then, begin laying your clothes.
Fold and lay the heaviest and darkest colored items in the bottom of the tub first – like black jeans, then dark blue jeans, etc. working your way up to the top by lighter shades. Separate each layer with acid free tissue.
Top clothes with 2 – 3 layers of acid free tissue. Add moth balls. Cover tub with tight fitting lid.
Label the tub and to whom they belong (i.e. Sarah’s Spring/Summer Denim Jeans, Pants and Shorts).
If you don’t use rubber or metal tubs, use cardboard boxes. Line the boxes with clean white 100% cotton fabric or acid free tissues before layering the clothes as per above tub instructions. Once you’ve placed the clothes and moth balls in the boxes, insert the box into a large plastic garbage bag and twist the ends tightly. Secure with twister. Label.
An option to moth balls is to add a cotton (breathable) bag of dried lavender, it will repel moths . . . and your clothes will smell fresh.
No 9 For dressier and formal clothing and light weight items (i.e. silk etc.), place them in hanging, garment bags. Pad any garment shoulders with bunched up plastic bags to prevent hanger bulges. These more expensive items are likely to be dry cleaned and cannot be home-ironed to remove wrinkles.
Wrap moth balls in acid free tissue (or use bagged lavender) and place in the bottom of the bag – not touching the clothes. Your clothes should have ample room to hang free in each garment bag.
Garment bags seal well and breathe. You might find a long rubber or metal storage container if you prefer to lay the garment bags flat, perhaps under a bed rather than hang in another closet. Label the garment bags.
No. 10 Store your clothes in a cool, well-ventilated area and away from the natural light, like an extra bedroom closet, under beds, etc. Avoid basements and attics if possible – unless you live in a very dry (desert) climate. As stated above, if you must store in a basement, store on metal shelves.
Most dry cleaners will store your items. Ask for quotes and time limits.
At the end of the Fall/Winter Season, follow through with a Spring/Summer Closet Consult with Confident Image and repeat the above process.
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