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The summer is almost here. Is your winter jacket still taking up space in your closet? Now is the right time to store all your winter clothes.
While it might be tempting to toss all your winter clothing in a box and put it in the attic, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. If you want to use your clothes again when the winter season comes, and we believe you do, first make sure your jackets and sweaters are ready to be stored.
This might seem like obvious advice, but people often leave washing winter clothes until autumn or whenever it’s time to wear them again. However, we recommend washing your clothes right away. Storing your winter clothing without washing it will make it much harder to remove any stains later. The odor of unwashed clothes might also attract bugs and pests.
When washing the clothes, pay attention to the material. Make sure you don’t use fabric softener for materials like softshell as it could damage them.
Not sure how to wash your wool coat or expensive ski jacket? Don’t stress yourself out about it. Instead, leave it to the dry cleaners. Improper washing could damage a ski jacket and reduce its water resistance, which you would regret on the slopes next season.
A functional winter jacket also deserves to be impregnated after the winter. Before starting, first clean the jacket gently with a damp cloth. You can buy the impregnation for softshell materials in either spray or liquid form. There are also washing powders made specifically for softshell clothing.
The clothes are washed. Now, where should you store them? If you are lucky enough to have space in your closet, the easiest way is to hang your jackets and fold the rest of the clothes. Another option is to put your winter clothes in plastic boxes with lids to protect them from dust and moths.
Secret tip against moths: Add a small bag with lavender, rosemary or cloves to the boxes. These intense scents deter moths.
In case you need to save as much space as possible, vacuum-sealed bags will come in handy. They are an especially good choice for bulky items like your ski pants or coats. After the air is extracted, the volume of the clothing is reduced by a third. The vacuum-sealed bags will also protect your clothing from mites and moisture.
Clean your winter boots with a damp cloth and do not forget to wash the sole. Spray the shoes with antibacterial spray and impregnate them.
Before storing, stuff the shoes with newspapers to maintain their shape.