We live in a country with four seasons, and springtime is unpredictable! One day, the kids are out wearing just a t-shirt, and the next, they’re in winter coats! This is the time of year when the front hall is littered with a mix of boots, rain boots, light spring jackets, and puffy coats.
Spring is the time of year when you’re swapping out your cold weather clothes for your warm weather ones. Seasonal switch-out time is the perfect opportunity to look through your closet. Before you pack away sweaters and coats, it’s a good idea to take inventory, organize clothing, and store clothing properly.
Do you still wear it? Does it still fit? Here are some tips to help swapping out your spring and summer clothing.
Swapping Out Your Spring and Summer Clothing
If you haven’t worn the clothing in the past year, it may be time to donate. Keep a pile for donations. Only donate to charity clothes that are in good condition. Make sure that they are accepting donations; many places only accept seasonal clothing.
Mend or Trash
Also, keep a pile for worn and torn clothing for the mending, to use as rags, or the trash. If an article of clothing is damaged, it needs to be fixed before putting it into storage. Give yourself a week to do the repairs yourself. If you don’t make the repairs in a week, send the clothes out to a tailor to be professionally repaired or get rid of the item of clothing because you may not care enough about it to even have it fixed.
Do not pack anything away that has been worn and not washed. Pests love to snack on dead skin cells, so clean everything you plan to pack away for the summer. The New Arm & Hammer™ Plus OxiClean™ 3-IN-1 Power Paks combines the freshening and deodorizing power of pure Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda with the stain fighting power of OxiClean™.
For heavily stained clothing like kids’ winter coats and mittens, use a tough stain fighter with colour safe brighteners like OxiClean™ Colour Shield Laundry Stain Remover which keeps your colours looking new and radiant longer.
When you’re storing clothing, pack the clothes loosely into an air-tight, thick plastic bins. Don’t store clothing in cardboard boxes because they can break down and attract insects. Use plastic containers with lids, but make sure the containers aren’t airtight as air circulation will help avoid mold and mildew.
Store clothing in the main areas of your home or in a climate controlled storage area of the house. Basements and attics are humid and prone to mold, mildew and insects. Try storing clothing under the bed and in extra closets if you can.
What are your tips for swapping and storing clothing?
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