Yay summer is finally here! It’s time to bust out the summer dresses and short shorts and pack away the coats and oversized knits. Moving into a new season can be a great excuse to make room in your wardrobe for new season things…cue: Spring cleaning. It may be tempting to throw some of your winter stock out so you can get all new warm and cosy things next season, but I can assure you that you might go looking for that particular jacket to match an outfit and realise you threw it out. It is definitely worthwhile to pack your winter clothes away and decide their fate when it comes the time to bring them out again.
Here are my tips on packing up your winter wardrobe to make room for your summer clothes:
1. Wash it
Wash all of your clothes. This is something that a lot of people forget when they are packing away their winter clothes and it can lead to some funky smells when you pull it all out next winter. Even if you are pulling some of your summer clothes out of storage, it is always a great idea to wash everything before you pack it away/wear it again just to get rid of any remaining smells – good or bad. Make sure your clothes are full dry before storing.
2. Sort it
Just because you might go looking for your favourite winter coat next season doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use this opportunity to chuck out some of your unworn or old items. Sort your clothes into piles – whether it be by family member or by item, it’s a good idea to know exactly where everything is just in case you need a specific item later on.
3. Store it
Finding the perfect storage solution can be hard if you don’t really know what or how much you need. That’s why it’s important to sort your clothes. It’s a great idea to invest in some good quality storage boxes which can start from as little as $2.40 (Hire a Box). Using boxes that are easy to pack and store make life SO MUCH EASIER when you come to organising.
4. Protect it
Everyone hates the smell of moth balls but they are a good way of making sure your clothes are protected when they are in storage. An alternative, better smelling, option is natural lavender bags which work to detest any moths that can affect your clothes. An important thing to consider is where you are storing these boxes as a lot of areas carry moisture in the air – I use moisture absorbing crystals.
5. Organise it
I cannot stress enough the importance of LABELLING. You never know what the unpredictable Australian weather will do, even during summer you never know if you might need that coat or scarf. So making sure you know exactly where everything is will be a great help to future you to avoid having to open and dig through all of your boxes to find something.