How to Store Winter Clothes Correctly

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F-I-N-A-L-L-Y, spring is here — and that means it’s time to store your cold-weather gear away for the season. While you might want to shove everything in a box and call it a day, taking a little extra care will ensure that your clothes stay fresh while they’re “hibernating” for the summer. Below, we’re sharing a few guidelines on storing winter clothing — along with our picks from Bed Bath & Beyond to help you knock this task off of your to-do list.

Wash Your Clothing

Before you pack your stuff away, give it one last cleaning. Wash, dry-clean, and spot-treat stains to make sure no odors or splashes of lentil soup have months to set in. Then store your items — and think of how nice it will be to open fresh, clean clothes come autumn.

Decide Whether to Hang Or Fold

Some clothes can be folded and stored for the season, but others do better when left on hangers. Delicate items like dresses and camisoles should be folded in acid-free paper, then stacked in a box from heaviest to lightest on top. Structured coats and blazers should go on hangers to help them retain their shape. As for sweaters, fold them to prevent their yarn from stretching out. Tees and sweatshirts can also be folded, but don’t over-stuff the containers or they’ll come out wrinkled.

Choose Your Storage Wisely

Being strategic about your storage choices will help your clothing last longer. Plastic bins are definitely useful for some winter items, but some materials will do better in containers that “breathe.” (More on this in a moment.)

Protect Everything From Insects

Your cold-weather clothes may be taking a break from rotation, but moths are hungry all summer long. Nobody, absolutely nobody, wants to find holes nibbled into their sweaters come fall. So even if you don’t think you have moths, it’s wise to take precautions by using natural repellents such as cedar.

Select Your Storage Spot

A cool, dry place is the ideal place to stash off-season clothes. Attics, garages, and air-conditioned basements can work, but avoid spots that get humid; that can lead to mildew. If you don’t have a ton of space, look for space-saving solutions that work for closets and beneath the bed.

Ready to see specific suggestions for every part of your winter wardrobe pack-a-thon? Read on.