Properly Packing Up Your Winter Clothes

So, you’ve waited all winter, you’re tired of the snow and the cold, and you’ve been rewarded with spring – finally. Now is the time for cleaning up the house, and especially packing up the clothes that you won’t be wearing again for several months.

It is important to know the secrets to properly packing up your winter clothes, so that you can get the task done quickly and efficiently, and your clothes can be out of sight and taking up the least space possible in your storage area. It’s also important to store them properly, because you don’t want to take them out in the colder months, only to find them damaged and musty.

1. Clean Thoroughly. Any stains or debris left on your clothes will become a breeding ground for bacteria as they sit in storage. Wash all of your clothes before putting them away, even if it seems counterintuitive.

2. Organize. In order to save you the hassle when you’re unpacking your clothes next fall, make sure to pack together like items, so that you can find what you’re looking for and store them easily.

3. Use Suitable Storage. Plastic garbage bags can be used in a pinch because they keep out moisture, but they are also prone to breakages. Your best bet is a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid.

4. Add “Freshening” Items. These include dryer sheets, moth balls, cedar or charcoal pouches, or anything else that will keep your clothes fresh. Be careful when using moth balls, however, as children and pets can be attracted to them.

5. Donate Your Extras. Did you really wear all 25 of those jackets this winter? Do those pants from 10 years ago really still fit? Evaluate your closet for what you actually wore, and donate the rest to a good cause. This will leave you more space for your existing clothes and other stuff!

These are just a few pointers to get you started on your way to properly packing up your winter clothes. If you follow these steps, you’ll have the task done and you’ll be ready to tackle the rest of your spring cleaning in no time!