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How are wool coats, knitted sweaters, boots and Co. properly stored? We reveal some practical tips so that you can enjoy your clothes for a long time!
Anyone who is not exactly called Kardashian by their last name and is blessed with what feels like ten oversized dressing rooms knows the tiresome game: In spring, winter coats, knitted sweaters and overknees slowly give way to airier fabrics and are stowed in boxes or vacuum bags. So far, so good - if you want to get your favorite parts out six months later but not half sold out, you have to plan some time for them. But what is the best way to do this?
Storing clothes: this is how you store clothes correctly
Store only clean clothes: Actually clear, but: Before the items of clothing can go into hibernation, they should definitely be washed again or taken to be cleaned. The mulled wine stain from the Christmas market cannot eat its way into the tissue for another six months and at the end of the year there is no badly rude awakening. Stowing your clothes right away is really not a time-saver.
Look in your pockets again: The crumpled tens that you find again and again in your favorite winter jacket from last year is quite nice, but the tarted handkerchief, the crumbled chewing gum pack or the leaked hand cream are all the less so. To avoid marks, stains or discoloration, it is better to empty your coat and trouser pockets before you store your winter or summer clothing.
Vacuum bag: With thick winter clothing, vacuum bags not only save space, but also protect them from moths and dust. Be careful: the clothes really have to be completely dry, otherwise there is a risk of mold. In addition, the vacuum bag is more suitable for insensitive clothing. For more delicate clothing, we would rather recommend tip number five!
Tissue paper: Tissue paper is more suitable for fine items - materials such as silk, leather, cashmere or items of clothing with embroidery or zippers are best wrapped in tissue paper. This protects against wrinkles and annoying marks. Incidentally, a cotton bag will do in a pinch, but shoes are also comfortable in it.
Hold for your boots: If you store your favorite shoes in winter, they need support. Boot trees or, alternatively, just enough crumpled up newspaper or cardboard help to keep the shaft in shape. So you can also store them lying down.
Correct storage: Dark, cool, clean and dry! This is how your clothes should be stored. The coolness keeps moths away, darkness protects against discoloration, when it's dry, clothes don't start to smell musty even after months and yes … clean is explained by itself or we have already clarified the first point! What that means? The basement is not always the best place to store your winter clothes … Have you ever thought of an under-bed chest of drawers? Or a storage room? You can even rent them pretty cheaply now!
A little fragrance: Scented sachets with lavender not only smell good, they also keep moths and vermin away - win / win!
Practical gadgets for storing clothes
Here you can find out how the Swedes sort their wardrobes!