Summer is slowly coming to an end, and autumn is approaching with its pumpkin spice latte, Halloween, and falling leaves all over the streets. This is the perfect opportunity to let the fashionista inside of you take over, as there are so many things you could use in more than one way. However, before you let yourself loose with the autumn/winter wardrobe, you need to do something with the summer clothes. After all, a light sundress is not really the best option for knee-high snow or temperatures under 0. This can be quite a hassle, especially if you don’t really have a lot of space in your apartment.
We understand that, which is why we decided to share with you four tips that will help you stow away your seasonal summer wardrobe and stay more organized with your clothing. So, if you want to find out more about them, all you have to do is keep reading.
Use Vacuum Bags
Clothes can take a lot of space – especially if you just shove them into the wardrobe or somewhere down in the basement. That’s why it’s important to organize them very carefully and declutter the ones you don’t need anymore. Let’s be honest – we all have clothes in our wardrobe that we don’t use at all, but are too attached to them that we leave them, thinking ‘I will wear it one day.’ That’s probably not going to happen if you haven’t used them yet – just saying. If you don’t have a lot of space, here is our tip #1 – use vacuum bags. They can compress much bigger items into a more manageable size. Besides, every excuse is good to buy a new vacuum (you can check more about your options on Yoursmarthomeguide website).
Wash the Clothes Before You Store Them
While for some people it might sound like a no-brainer, others just forget to do it. So here is our second tip – remember to wash all of the clothing you are stowing away beforehand. For the items that you wore very often, you can add half a cup of baking soda into your washing machine – this will help with any smells. Remember that before you start putting the clothes away, you need to make sure that they are perfectly dry. If you don’t, and the clothes you packed were wet, it will create a musty smell, or worse – a mold.
Tip #3 – add something that will keep your clothes smelling fresh and nice even when they are hidden. Try putting a little bit of dried lavender in place you will be storing your clothes in – this will help them keep a fresh smell. Besides, lavender is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Another thing you can do is to spray cotton wool pads or cotton pads with your favorite perfume and place them in between the folded clothes so that they could absorb the smell. When doing that, you need to make sure that the clothes are stored properly and clean – otherwise, they might attract moths.
Consider Using Chalk
Our last tip is a trick that has been around for decades. If you want to make sure your clothes stay dry, place a little bit of chalk in the storage box, or hang it in the wardrobe. The chalk will absorb any potential dampness. If you want to go a step further, you can always invest in one of the wardrobe dehumidifiers, which basically serve the same purpose.
The Bottom Line
Change of the season is the perfect time to introduce new things into your wardrobe. However, before you can do that, you need to store away the wardrobe from the previous season (unless some items can also be used in the approaching season). Otherwise, it might create chaos, and you will find yourself on a cold morning with only tees and shorts – not really the best outfit for that type of weather. We understand that stowing away your summer season clothing is not the easiest job out there, which is why we decided to help you, at least a little bit. We hope that the tips we shared with you will help you store away your summer wardrobe and bring in the autumn one. Oversized coats, sweaters, boots, hats – autumn is the perfect fashion season, so don’t be afraid to let the fashions inside of you take over. Good luck!