TIPS ON STORING WOOLEN CLOTHINGS – Storage Containers/ Bins
Now that we have washed and segregated our woolens they are ready for storing. With the temperature rising fast we would be tempted to toss every winter sweater and wool coat into a big plastic bin and shove it in the closet for the next six months. Taking the time to store the winter clothes the right way, now, will pay off by helping our clothing last longer.
Put the scarves and strolls together in one box, caps in another, and sweaters and pullovers in a separate box. Label the containers for quick access. The big question before storing them is the container or box in which to store. Some options of packing woolen clothing are:
Before packing away woolens, clean the area thoroughly. If using suitcases, plastic boxes or metal bins, wipe them down with a wet cloth and leave them in the sun for a while. Vacuum closets and cupboards and let them air before packing them away.
It’s tempting to use cardboard boxes to store your winter clothes. They’re cheap, and they fold up flat when you’re not using them. But cardboard is acidic and is susceptible to water damage. It also contains glue and crevices that can attract insects and pests.
Cloth storage bags
Not as convenient space-wise as vacuum packing, using 100% cotton or wool bags is much safer for delicate clothing as they allow the clothes to breathe. Wrapping clothes in tissue paper will also prevent them from yellowing and snagging on zippers or other clothes while in storage.
Plastic bins are a practical choice for storing clothes because they’re easy to handle, stack well, and are good at keeping moisture and bugs out.
Vacuum packing – sealing away clothes in airtight bags – not only protects them but also creates a lot more space in the wardrobe. Vacuum-sealing not only helps maximize the space you have available by shrinking all puffy coats and knit sweaters into a compact package. Another advantage is as the bags are see through, one can easily keep track of trans-seasonal items on the off-chance of cold-fronts or heat waves. On the downside, they can occasionally need resealing and don’t allow the clothing to breathe. They’re also not ideal for delicate clothing and can often trap in moisture, although including silica crystals in the bag can help prevent this.
Storage bins can be an easier alternative to vacuum bags. The best things about storage containers, is that they are either completely clear or have a window. These are the optimal bin/bags because not only do they have a large display window to see what exactly is inside of them, there are handles on each side for carrying them without issue. But the irony is that they require a fair amount of storage space themselves. Using silica gel sachets help prevent moisture from developing mould.
The next step in securing our precious and delicate woolens is keeping out the moth and insects. We will discuss some conventional and natural home remedies for safeguarding our woolen while not in use in our next segment. So keep reading….