Out of season clothing can take up too much space in your closet. It is difficult to find clothes that you need in a pile, especially if you are in a hurry. The best way to store unnecessary clothes and deal with limited space is to store your family’s out of season clothing.
The problem is as much as you try to properly store your clothes in sealed bags and containers, moths and other insects could still find a way to put holes in them.
Here are the dos and don’ts in the proper storage of out of season clothing.
- Follow washing instructions of the garments. Dry cleaning or hand washing, depending on the instructions, should be done prior to storage. This will help you avoid unseen stains in the clothing. If left unattended, stains can already become a part of the “design” of the garment. Food stains are also appealing to some insects. They will go through every part of the clothing until they find what they are looking for. They would usually leave significant damage in the end.
- Store the garments in boxes that have ventilation. Clothes need to breathe. Do not store your clothing in airtight plastic and containers. Otherwise, you will eventually find molds and mildew in your clothing afterwards.
- You can store your boxes under the bed. Just make sure that the floor under the bed is always clean and maintained so that your boxes are free from dirt since dust can permanently tarnish your garments.
- Do not overcrowd boxes or containers. It is good to put room between each item so as not to risk overall damage should one item falls prey to insect attention.
If you have enough space in your house, you can separate your clothes according to season types. This way you can regularly visit your family’s expensive winter clothes and prevent any potential damage. You can also easily switch to each closet when there is a change of seasons. The cost of an extra closet could prove to be worthwhile compared to the replacement of a season of clothing each year. You can also buy enclosed racks with bottom panels openings to allow air inside. You can surf online for the best deals. You may also consider going to thrift shops to minimize your expense.
- Do not use mothballs. If you have been used to using mothballs, they are relatively harmful to your child’s health especially those who have asthma and the like. Scented insect repellents in local stores are safe substitutes.
- Avoid storing in the basement and attic. Basements are prone to moth and mildew because there is not enough air going in the room. Attics are most often subject to direct heat of sunlight, which could make your clothes fragile and brittle.
Fall and winter clothes are much too costly to buy almost every season. These garments need to be stored carefully as soon as the season has changed. The storage process could be too laborious, but the long-term outcome is definitely worth the effort.