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5 Simple Steps to Winter Clothes Storage

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With the weather starting to warm up, you may want to think about rotating to your spring wardrobe. We've got five easy steps to storing your winter garments like the pros.

1. Sort and separate your winter clothes into three piles; ready to store, wash, and dry clean. Make sure you set aside any clothes you’re ready to donate to save you room in closet.

2. Next, wash and dry clean your garments that have been worn prior to storing. If garments aren’t properly cared for you risk having them carry undetectable odors that attract months.These pests eat away at certain fabrics like wool, cashmere, silk and cotton and can gradually ruin your clothing. A careful cleaning, weather it's dry cleaning or laundering, helps eliminate odors and erase any stains you may have missed before going into storage, making it more difficult to remove them.

3. Clothes made of natural fibers need to be stowed in breathable containers. Airtight containers can hold in moisture that can cause mold, discoloration or odors. Drilling a few holes in a plastic bin or place a stack of clothes in a canvas bin or bag. Even using a clean cotton pillowcase will protect your garments from dust, while letting them breath.

4. In a closet with some extra room, store garments like coats, dresses, leather and silk on hangers with breathable garment bags. If you don’t have any hanging space to spare in a closet, lay items with tissue paper inside bins. Do not store anything in plastic dry-cleaning bags that can trap moisture, chemicals or odors.

5. Storing bins and bags in a well ventilated, cool, dry area is important. Under a bed or on a closet shelf is ideal. If possible, avoid storing your clothes in the attic because it’s high temperature can cause fibers to become brittle over time.