Guide to storing your winter wardrobe
Decluttering Tips - May 5, 2019
Finally, spring is here. And it couldn’t have come any sooner! The winter was long, wet and cold. Time to bring out the fun clothes and enjoy the good weather! We missed it dearly. However, each end of winter brings a very obnoxious task at hand – storing your winter wardrobe. What do you do with all that winter clothing? It has to be packed somewhere where it won’t be in the way, and where it will be safe. So, how do you do it? We know many people who struggle with this each season, and every time they think of something different to do.
Storing your winter wardrobe is difficult because you can’t simply put it anywhere. Honestly, you are going to need it again next winter, so it needs to be stored carefully. But then again, that clothing cannot be in your way all the time. Especially if you are in a multiple person family, then this is all multiplied by the number of people living in the house. You can see how this could easily become a problem. Still, it is not so grim. Luckily, our Worcester movers have prepared some tips for you to try to make this a tad easier. So, let’s see what you can do!
Storing your winter wardrobe – the first things to do
This process is a bit tedious, and it seems lengthy, but there is no other way of doing it if you wish to do it right. The first thing you should do is to start sorting all the clothing. You should create separate piles for all types of clothes. We will sort them into several categories:
- Jackets and Coats
- Sweaters and Pullovers
- Pants and underpants
- Socks and underwear
The sizes don’t matter as long as they are stored in the appropriate pile. This way you will be able to stack them one upon the other and save storing space. But, before you can even hope to begin any of this you will have to wash all the clothes. Some, you can take to the dry cleaners whilst others need to be washed. You simply do not want to store some of your unwashed items because once you take them out next winter – they are bound to smell bad. It is a tedious process to wash it all, but it can’t be helped. I mean, you can not do it, but we highly advise against it.
Once you are done washing everything, and all of it is nice and clean, you can proceed to make the piles. You should have all the members of the household help, as many items need to be folded and sorted in their appropriate pile.
Get many storage bags
These storage bags will have countless names, but their descriptions are universal. They are those bags you can vacuum and compress. You can recognize them by a very large hole somewhere on it on which you can stick the tube of your vacuum cleaner. This will suck all the air out of the bag and fully compress its content. This is, by far, the absolute best way to store your items. All of them. These bags come in various sizes, and they can fit anything from underwear to large coats. Make sure to get as many of these as possible since they are not that expensive, and more importantly they are reusable. This will be the best possible tool for storing your winter wardrobe.
Storing your winter wardrobe sorted into categories
You have washed everything and now stored it into various piles, with its own clothes type. Now you should start stacking the items, from the largest to the smallest ones. You can stack them directly into the storage bags to save time. Everything will not fit into a single bag, so make sure to use as many as you can. Store the shirts, for instance, one atop the other, folded, from the largest to the smallest one. Once the bag seems full, vacuum and compress its content. This will take all the air out and it will leave the clothes in mint condition. Once you open the bags for next winter, the clothes will smell and feel as if you just washed them.
Once you have filled the storage bags you will be able to stack them one atop the other, like pieces of paper.
Where do you store everything after packing?
There are several solutions. The best possible solution is to store them in all the beds and sofas that have a storage compartment. These compartments are usually under the place where you sit. Some sofas can be transformed into a bed, and such sofas will 9 times out of 10 have a storage compartment. First, make sure to fill up these. The next place you will be looking for will be the highest shelves of all the closets that you have. Basically, you are looking for places that are moist-free and that won’t be in any way exposed to the elements. Another cool spot could be your attic if it is very secure and moist / insect free.
Still, once you have your items stored in the storage bags, your storing will not be such an issue. They can go wherever moist and insects can’t get to them. Your last resort is hiring storage units that you can rent, but these could be quite expensive if you are going to store items until next winter. But if you do it and you hire movers to transport the items, you get to reap all the benefits of movers and storage.
If you have more questions or doubts, our residential and office movers Worcester MA will gladly help! As always, Grunts Move Junk and Moving Massachusetts is here to respond to your every need.