Monday, June 30, 2014

Storing Winter Clothes and Accessories

The clean boots are drying
Now that summer is here, it’s time to put away our winter clothing and accessories.  Washing the coats and scarves or having them dry cleaned was the extent of “putting away the winter clothes” when we lived in California.  Now that we live in Boston, we have a lot of winter pieces, including down coats and snow boots, so putting them away is a bigger job.

After researching how to store winter clothing and accessories, here is what I did:

1. I washed and thoroughly dried or dry cleaned everything that was to be stored, including jackets, sweaters, gloves, hats, pajamas, winter robes, thermal underwear, and boots (Yes, I even washed the boots!)

2. I ironed and folded the sweaters and put them back into their usual place, the master bedroom armoire.  Even though the armoire is opened on a daily basis, we’ve never had a moth problem since only clean clothes are stored in it.

3. I put cedar blocks at the bottom of large storage bins (66 quart).  Next I placed the folded, clean clothes in the bins, and then placed more cedar blocks atop the clothing.  The boxes were then sealed.

4. Two of the bins contained only clothing, while one held all of the boots, along with sturdy items, such as hand and toe warmers and gloves.

5.  The bins were then labeled and put into the storage space above our closet.

It’s nice to know that when the cold weather returns, we’ll be ready!

The sweaters have been washed, dried, ironed and folded

Items to be stored in bins

Cedar blocks at the bottom of the bin

Clothing and accessories with cedar blocks on top

The labeled bins, ready to be stored

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