As a consumer, you may purchase clothes and accessories throughout the year. Regardless of the season, you want your clothes to maintain its original shape and color. Also, you want to locate a piece of clothing when ready instead of searching for the last minute such as looking for a pair of gloves on a cold, fall morning before school or work.
Many people feel that preserving and storing your clothes can only be done by professional organizers or people with a great amount of time. However, you can schedule a specific time such as a Sunday afternoon to review your clothes/accesories and place them in order.
- Keep clothing away from both artificial and natural light which may cause discoloration.
- Make sure clothes are kept away from humid spots so no keeping a dress in a shower stall for days to help take out wrinkles.
- Never store your clothes in plastic bags. Take out the clothes once you arrive home from the dry cleaners.
- Opt to store your clothes in acid-free muslin covers or bags.
- Prolong your clothing with a product like Febreeze to keep fresh between professional cleanings.
- Clean all clothes before storing since insects enjoy oils, perfumes, and perspiration.
- Consider the possibility of cold storage for maintaining your furs/leathers/shearlings.
- Evaluate the best location in your apartment/home (cool, well-ventilated).
- Fabrics with animal hair like cashmere should be stored in acid-free, nonplastic containers.
- Generally, you should keep cotton knits, chiffons, crepe pieces, satin, and silk for year round use. Meanwhile, store flannel, fleece, furs, leather (heavy), suede, and tweeds for fall/winter use.
Preserving and storing clothes may take an afternoon so enlist the help of a partner/roommate or your children then give the individual(s) a treat such going to the movies, or ordering a pizza. Once you have established a regular schedule of maintaining your clothers it will not feel like a chore but a form of exercise.