Properly Storing Your Clothes

Properly Storing Your Clothes

Fall has officially arrived and it’s time to pack away all of those Spring and Summer clothes. Many of you may have never thought of doing this in the past and that is true for me too. However, for anyone with growing children, like myself, there are growth spurts which can cause newly purchased clothes to over-crowd their dressers and closets.

Clean Everything
The first thing you should do is wash or dry-clean all of the clothes you’re putting in storage. Doing so will get rid of dirt, as well as any hair, skin or stain residues that may set upon sitting.

Proper Storage
Next, invest in large plastic containers with air-tight lids. Look for ones that will be easy to stack in your basement, garage, attic or to store under the beds. If investing in containers isn’t an option, use garbage bags. You should avoid using cardboard boxes. Some think that they are perfect for storing clothes, but the reality is that they’re easily accessible to moths, too porous to prevent water damage and they contain acids that will eventually break down the fibers in clothes.

The best option is to look into cedar chests. They’re infused with a scented oil that occurs naturally in the wood. This oil prevents the growth of fungus and repels insects.

Final Thought
One final thing to remember is not use moth balls if possible. The chemicals in moth balls can be too harsh for certain fabrics and they tend to leave unpleasant odors on clothes, so consider including cedar chips or a few lavender and rosemary sachets in your containers instead. If possible, replace them every three months.

Best of luck in creating some more space in your house and properly storing your items for the season. As always. SimplyClean Laundry is available to wash and fold those clothes when you’re ready to take them out of storage.