How to Store and Categorize Winter Clothing

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As winter comes to a close, homeowners begin putting away their cold weather gear to make room for spring and summer clothing.

A seasonal clothing swap out allows homeowners to declutter and clear space for the appropriate attire.

Below, we provide ways to categorize and prepare winter clothing for off-season storage.

Organize Winter Clothing

As you sort through your winter gear, take note of items to store, repair or donate.

Any items that require repairs should be fixed prior to storing so they are ready for next winter season. In addition, set aside transitional clothing, such as light sweaters or jackets, you can wear in mild conditions.

Finally, separate the remaining items into categories for storage:

  • Boots.
  • Coats and jackets.
  • Sweaters.
  • Winter accessories (e.g., hats, gloves and scarves).

Wash and Prepare Attire

Dirt and oils from deodorant or perfumes can cause fabrics to deteriorate or discolor if left untreated. Winter clothing should be thoroughly cleaned and properly prepared for storage in the following ways:

  • Boots. Use a wire brush to remove dirt from soles, stuff with tissue paper to preserve the shape, and store in an upright position.
  • Coats. Zip or button up fronts, empty out all pockets, and hang on sturdy wooden hangers.
  • Sweaters. Neatly fold and place into a labeled plastic storage bin, separating each with tissue paper to avoid color transfer or snagging.
  • Accessories. Use tissue paper to stuff structured hats, and store loosely in breathable storage containers.

Utilize a Self-Storage Unit

If stored improperly in a basement, attic or garage, winter clothing could be exposed to any of the following unfavorable conditions:

  • Excessive light. Items should be kept in a low-light storage unit to prevent fabric discoloration.
  • Extreme heat. Clothing should be stored in temperatures 70 °F or below to avoid damaging fibers or setting stains. 
  • Humidity. Winter gear should be stowed away in dry conditions to avoid mildew.

A climate-controlled storage unit is an excellent solution for homeowners looking to protect their winter clothing from harmful conditions during the warmer seasons.

Interested in learning more about our unique storage solutions for your winter clothing? Contact one of our storage experts today for more information.

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