It's time to welcome fall into your closet! Unless you have a ton of storage space, most Canadians enjoy swapping summer clothes for fall and winter wear by mid-September. In the age of fast fashion, it's easy to forget about certain items that you've taken out of your rotation and throw away damaged ones altogether. Timbercreek Communities has some tips for how to repair and store your seasonal clothing this year -- so you can get more use out of it for years to come.
Repair Your Clothes Before Storing
When the time comes to put away your summer clothes, think about repairing items that are damaged or slightly worn out before you store them. If you fix them and they appear brand new again, youâ€™ll be more likely to wear them when you pull them out of storage next year. Itâ€™s also a good idea to wash everything before storing -- especially if you want to get rid of any stains, odours or perfumes. When storing wool garments, use Woodloreâ€™s Instant Cedar Chest which is filled with cedar shavings to keep the dreaded smell of mothballs away.
Use Proper Storage Containers
When it comes to choosing storage containers, itâ€™s best to use plastic ones. They are affordable and work better than plastic bags or cardboard boxes. Check out Canadian Tire for different options and sizes. Try not to stuff the containers to the brim and leave some room for air circulation. This will also help prevent wrinkles.
Donâ€™t Hang Everything
Some clothing items are delicate and should not be hung. Knit items, sweaters and other delicates should be folded and placed in a drawer because they tend to lose their shape after a while. You can hang items like jackets, pants, skirts and dresses and keep the rest in a drawer or on a shelf. When it comes to hangers, they are not all the same. Use slim hangers or padded hangers for better support and more space.
Use Vacuum Seal Bags
To save space, use vacuum seal bags. They are great for flattening big clothing items which is perfect if you donâ€™t have a lot of storage space. However, you should be careful not to vacuum seal everything. Avoid wool, cashmere, silk and leather as it might take these items a while to come back to their regular shape -- especially after being stored away for a long time.
Storing seasonal items doesnâ€™t have to be a pain. Timbercreek Communities hopes you found these storage tips helpful!