Autumn is here and winter is fast approaching, meaning we're finding all of our chunky knits and coats, and saying goodbye to our summer dresses and shorts. Making the seasonal swap in our wardrobes can feel like too hard a task, especially if you have a lot of clothes!
Throwing your warm weather clothing in container or space bag might be a quick fix, but you won’t be doing yourself any favours when the temperatures start rising later in the year. Putting in a little work now to make sure that your summer staples are properly stored ensures that they're ready to go when you need them.
Follow our step-by-step guide for getting your wardrobe winter ready:
1. Cull your clothes
The very first step in any seasonal clothing shift is to cull, cull, cull. Get ruthless now to save you time next season sifting through pieces you’re no longer wearing. There’s no sense putting energy into prepping items for storage when you won’t wear the items next summer (just like you didn’t this season). Separate items you no longer want into two piles – one to consign (click here for more consignment info from TIS) and one for donations to charity.
2. Time to clean
Wash everything you’re going to store unless you are certain that you haven’t worn it since you last washed it. Dry-clean any items that require special attention – but remember, plastic traps moisture, so take your clothes of out of the bags or you risk staining your clothes yellow from moist air trapped inside.
3. Think in rainbow
Our failsafe tip for storage of any kind? Colour coding. Whether packing away last season's pieces, or arranging your favourite winter looks, organising your closet by colour is not only visually appealing, it's so much easier to find specific items whist keeping your shelves neat and chic.
4. Fold or hang?
Most summer clothes can be folded for storing. More delicate or your most special items may need to be stored in garment bags.
Wrinkles are the enemy. Avoid them by storing more delicate or structured items on velvet hangers (NEVER, EVER wire hangers). For items that can be folded Avoid overfolding to minimise wrinkles and don’t overcram your storage containers.
5. What makes a good container?
Never use cardboard boxes for clothing storage (pests are attracted to the glue), clear plastic storage bins with tight fitting lids are a great reusable option. Cloth garment bags let your clothes breathe – we love underbed storage solutions for space saving options, a rolling one is particularly user-friendly.
6. Location, location, location
When it comes to storing your summer wardrobe, location is key! Don’t store your clothes in an attic, garage, or basement - all these areas are a breeding ground for mould. Avoid direct sunlight, too, as it can fade your delicate garments.
Cooler weather is a chance to experiment with layering. Winter is all about a capsule wardrobe, taking a handful of pieces that pair back together to refresh your style and keep you warm.
But how do you store winter items in your wardrobe make putting together your daily looks simpler and keep your pieces looking their best?
Here’s our “cheat sheet” on the great hang versus fold debate for your winter essentials:
- Flowy fabrics
- Dresses – except any heavy gowns which could stretch when hung
- Shirts & blouses
- Jackets - no matter what kind—blazers, jean jackets, outerwear—they are too bulky to fold!
- Jeans – as versatile on the body as in the closet – jeans can be folded as their thickness means they hold their shape, or, if you have space, fold them over hangers.
- Knitwear – preserves their shape
- Active wear
- Tees - can be folded or hung, depending on space and personal preference, if space is limited on your hanging rails, folding tees is fine!
And what about shoes? Save shelf space by putting one shoe in front of another rather than side-by-side. This way, they're all more visible too meaning you're more likely not to forget what's already in your closet so you won't miss out on wearing a pair from your collection.