The air is crisp, the leaves are starting to change, and it’s time to pack away your summer clothes. You scored some gorgeous outfits at thrift stores this summer (right?) and you want to make sure your items will be just as beautiful when you pull them out of storage next summer. How? By implementing the basic concepts outlined below:
- Clean. Dirty clothes attract bugs and stains you may not notice now will have plenty of time to set during the long winter months. Wash and thoroughly dry clothes before stacking them loosely in a plastic storage container (not cardboard).
- Cool. Warmth encourages condensation, which encourages mildew, which is gross! Choose a cool place to store your clothing like under the bed, in the garage, or in the basement.
- Dry. Wet clothes will grow mildew faster than your front lawn can grow dandelions. Make sure the clothes you store are completely dry. Even the smallest amount of moisture is enough to leave that musty smell that never seems to go away.
- Dark. Light is the enemy of your vibrant wardrobe! Keep your stored clothing away from direct sunlight to keep it looking fresh and new.
Some clothing experts recommend that you have all your clothes professionally dry cleaned before storing them, but that’s not very thrifty, is it? Dry cleaning is recommended because it kills moths and their larva, but putting your clothes in the freezer does the same thing. Just keep your new skirts away from the chocolate ice cream!