I don’t have many summer clothes. In fact, the shirt in the photo is about the only short-sleeved shirt I have. Here in the Seattle area, we don’t have many hot days, and the evenings are often cool.
However, I did find this summer that I was reaching for this navy blue top often. Climate change?
But, now that Labor Day has come and gone and the rains have returned, what are tips for storing your summer clothes?
- Don’t store clothing dirty. Soil and stains attract insects. In addition soil and/or stains can become permanent or cause permanent damage if they aren’t removed before storage. Treat and remove spots and stains before clothing is stored.
- Store most knits and stretchy items flat and use hangers for hangable clothes.
- Clean and repair shoes and boots before storage. Store footwear in its original cardboard box, old pillowcase, or container that will let the shoes and boots get air or breathe. Tightly sealed plastic boxes can promote mildew and mold on leather shoes and boots. Shoe “ties” and shoe “stuffers” will help maintain the size and shape of your shoes and boots.
- Don’t store clothing in plastic bags because plastic can create a moist-rich environment that can lead to mildew. Make sure clothing that has just been washed or drycleaned is completely dry before storage.
- Avoid using fabric softeners, starch, or any kind of fabric sizing before storing clothing for the season. These items can attract silverfish and crickets and support the growth of mildew and mold.
- Avoid bleaching clothing before storage. It can create yellow sport or weak areas where breaks in the fabric can occur.
- Leave the closet door open occasionally to permit air to circulate if you store clothing in a closet.
For additional information on clothing storage, see the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Service’s “Making the Most of Your Clothing Investment: Clothing Storage.”