It’s Time: Pack Away Winter and Prep for Spring!

If you’ve been following The Kleen Sweep, you knoCircleImages_PurgeFirstw that I’ve basically been counting down the days until spring for… weeks now. I absolutely love this time of year, and not just for the whole-house cleaning it inspires!

One of my favorite parts of spring’s arrival is storing away the cold-weather wardrobe I won’t need for several months. That’s right. It’s time to pack up those sweaters, parkas and snow boots… and break out the sundresses, shorts and strappy sandals! YAY!

That’s why, although I’ve covered some of my favorite closet organization tips on the blog already, I wanted to talk specifically about the best ways I’ve found to purge, pack and store your family’s winter clothing.

Believe me, I understand the temptation to grab your winter wardrobe, stuff it in a box and call it a day, but a little planning and packing now can go a long way come October. 

Purge First
This one can be tough to grasp but is actually quite simple: If you haven’t worn something in a year, get rid of it. NOW. No, you won’t wear it next year. Or the year after that. If you aren’t regularly wearing a piece of clothing, it needs to go.

If you’re still struggling with this, remind yourself that getting rid of things you don’t wear just opens up space in your closet for new things (i.e., SHOPPING). Not to mention, purging gives you an easy way to donate clothes that are still in good shape to local shelters and charities.

CircleImages_WashEverythingWash Everything
You might have only worn that sweater once or twice, but you should really wash it before it gets packed away. Perfume, dirt, stains and even dust will show—and look worse—after sitting on clothes in storage for a few months. So, save yourself the ordeal of having to scrub out stains later by washing (or dry-cleaning) all of your clothes before packing them away for the season.

Wrap It Up
I recommend using tissue paper that’s acid-free to wrap and protect your more delicate items like sweaters and scarves. Regular tissue paper actually contains acid, which can start to discolor over time—and even transfer onto your clothes in storage. 

Pack It in Plastic
Using large plastic storage bins is the safest and easiest way to store your clothing. Cardboard boxes, while often cheaper, also contain acid—which could discolor your clothes. Plus, the glue used on cardboard boxes can attract bugs. Don’t forget to label each plastic bin, so you can easily find, unpack and organize your clothes in the winter.

CircleImages_PackInPlasticStore It Away
Finding the perfect spot to store your winter clothes is very important, so look for a spot that’s clean, cool, dark and dry. Hot temperatures can actually deteriorate many fabrics—and help to set any stains. Plus, direct sunlight is not only hot, it can also fade your clothing. And if a storage area is humid or damp, it can help to attract moths, mold and mildew (EW!).

These five tips are ideal for organizing and storing your family’s out-of-season clothes, as well as any other clothes you may have accumulated. Think… stocking up on clothes your kids will grow into, or that evening dress you only wear once or twice a year.

With spring rolling in, be on the lookout for my next post on how to beat those muddy April Showers! And tell me—what are you most looking forward to this spring?

Until next time, keep it Kleen!

–Tina