For the past few months you may have spent some cold days anticipating summer, pulling your jacket a little tighter clinging to any semblance of warmth. Now with summer just around the corner, it’s almost time to start packing away those jumpers.
Here are our tips on storing your winter woollies safely until they’re needed again.
Throw out what you don’t wear
Woollen items are the culprit when it comes to hogging shelf space. If you find yourself struggling each morning to force one last jumper into your shelf, it’s time to let some unloved winter pieces go.
Remove all your seasonal items from your cupboard and ask yourself: when was the last time I actually wore this? If the answer isn’t less than a year or it’s still sporting the price tag, it might be more useful in your local charity bin.
Freshen up the clothes that you’ll be needing next year.
Once you’ve rightfully farewelled your old clothes, freshen up what you do keep before storing them away.
Coats are probably the most used item in a winter wardrobe but are also the most neglected when it comes to washing. Although they don’t need a regular clean, make the time to wash it at the end of the season. You’ll thank yourself next year.
Hand wash any delicate items that you have and be sure to use the gentle wool settings – nobody likes a jumper that shrinks two sizes.
When drying your woollen items, wring out excess moisture before laying them out in the sun. This will help to preserve shape and the UV can kill any bacteria or smell that might be lingering.
Reorganise your cupboard
Now it’s time to learn from the teachings of Marie Kondo and reorganise your cupboard. With soapy water wipe down the areas of your cupboard where your woollens will be going. This will stop dust from catching onto your delicate clothes.
After folding your woollen items, it’s probably best to put them in the lower shelves or in an entirely new storage box. You won’t be accessing them regularly and the reduced disorder in your cupboard will make it easier to navigate.
When hanging coats and jumpers, use wooden or felt hangers instead of metal hangers. This ensures the shape of your clothes stay the same and don’t stretch from sliding off. Felt hangers are also less slippery so you won’t be left with a mound of clothes on your floor.
Keep your clothes safe from creepy crawlies
It hurts when you’ve been waiting all year to wear your favourite jumpers, only to find small holes in it. Not only are you irked by the thought of tiny insects nibbling on your clothes, but it sometimes means you have to retire the piece altogether.
Moth balls typically do the job but often come with a questionable smell. To overcome this scent, make your own aromatic pouches to store with your clothes. Depending on what you like, you can opt for lavender, soap or cedar sticks to fill your pouches.
This keeps the moths out and has a pleasant smell when you are ready to wear them again.
Words by Vidya Kathirgamalingam