With summer here now, you have no doubt already planned on packing all those winter woolies away and hauling out your more lightweight summer clothes.
When it comes to storing your heavy jackets and coats during the summer, this should be done in a very specific way so that you don’t inadvertently damage them and that they will be ready to be used when the colder months roll around.
Here are the best ways to store your winter jackets over the summer months…
Make sure that your coats and jackets are clean and stain-free before packing them away.
Before you store your winter coats and jackets away, you should always make sure that they are clean and stain-free. Even if they don’t have any visible stains or dirt, they have probably accumulated dust and micro particles of dirt over the past few months. In addition, they have been exposed to perfumes, sweat and body sprays which can damage the fabric if left uncleaned for a long period of time.
Check the label on your jackets to find the best way to clean them. Some jackets can be easily washed in your washing machine on a cold wash and then left to dry naturally. Other coats need to be dry cleaned as a washing machine could damage them.
Once you have had your jackets washed or dry cleaned, you will be able to pack them away safely.
Plastic bin storage.
Storing your winter jackets in a plastic bin is the most popular method. You can buy a few plastic storage bins from your local supermarket or a plastic shop and they are not that expensive at all.
Many plastic storage bins are airtight, which is even better as this helps prevent moths and other insects from entering the bin.
When packing your jackets into the plastic bin, be sure to fold them neatly and carefully. If you are packing away more than 1 jacket, don’t pack them too tightly and allow enough room for the air to circulate.
Moth balls are not a good idea as although they can prevent insects from entering, they will leave your jackets with an unpleasant smell when you unpack them next winter. We recommend using cedar wood chips as a great alternative.
These are just as effective as moth balls and won’t leave behind an unpleasant smell.
Some people like to use lavender sachets to repel moths and insects. This is a wonderful idea as it will help to keep your jackets smelling fresh and clean.
Vacuum bag storage.
One of the newer storage methods is vacuum storage. You can buy a vacuum bag storage system from most of the larger supermarkets, hardware stores or shops.
All you need to do is carefully place your clothing into the bag (being careful not to overpack it) and then use the vacuum pump provided to create a sealed bag.
A great advantage of this method is that it makes your jackets more compact, taking up less space in your cupboard.