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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Storing Winter Garments

I have a confession. I have too many clothes. So twice a year, I go through my closet and try to purge. This process never goes well. I'm too attached to most of my things, so I go to Plan B -- storage! Given that I've done this year after year, I've become quite good at it and have learned a few things along the way. Below is a list of what I've learned.
  • Wash or dry-clean everything prior to storage. Moths are known for feeding on clothing and natural fibers. Moths prefer dirty fabric and are particularly attracted to carpeting and clothing that contain human sweat or other liquids that have been spilled on them.
  • Place folded garments in large plastic containers with air-tight lids. You could also use a cedar chest or plastic bags. Cardboard boxes and paper bags provide moths with too many entry points. Plus, cardboard and paper can't keep water out.
  • Hang suits and coats on cedar hangers and store them in garment bags. Use hangers with wider bars to prevent creases at the knees. Avoid hanging heavy knit items or sweaters to prevent distorting their shape.
  • Adding cedar chips or lavender and rosemary sachets will keep your clothes smelling fresh. Mothballs can be used but they tend to have a harsh smell. If you do use them remove the smell by tumbling the garments in your dryer for 20 minutes with some scented dryer sheets.

One final thing, A Cleaner World does offer free storage for out of season garments -- just in case you don't have enough storage or extra closet space.

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