Laundry List: How to Properly Store Your Sweaters

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As temperatures continue to climb, that cozy sweater in the back of your closet is probably the last thing on your mind. (We’re sweating just thinking about it!) But if you want your winter wardrobe to survive the summer then there are a few steps to take before leaving your sweaters to their hibernation. Just like doing your laundry, there is a proper protocol for storing cold weather pieces. Properly stowing away your cashmere, wool, and other delicate knitwear will keep your clothing smelling fresh, feeling soft, and looking like new over time.

So without further ado, here are a few important tips for storing your knits… You’ll thank us in the fall!

Start fresh

Before relegating your cold weather items to the back of your closet, be sure to take one final trip to the cleaners. This will prevent any stains from setting and eliminate the icky bacteria and food particles that insects love. Plus, no one wants to pull out stale-smelling clothes come fall. As an alternative to dry-cleaning, Who What Wear recommends hand washing your knits in a specially formulated cleanser like Soak Wash, The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, or even a gentle baby shampoo.

Save space

Stowing your sweaters away in sealable bags or boxes will keep them fresh and save space in your closet (especially if said bags can be placed under the bed). But keep in mind that while vacuum-seal bags are the most compact, you have to be extra careful not to seal in moisture too. Real Simple recommends using garment boxes made of breathable materials such as cotton muslin.

Keep bugs at bay

Skip mothballs unless you have an active infestation, since these are actually pesticides (Woman’s Day). Instead, opt for natural moth repellents like cedar blocks and lavender. Not only will cedar and lavender preserve the quality of your knits, they’ll keep your clothes smelling yummy too (Who What Wear). If you still start to see holes, Vogue recommends placing your sweaters in a plastic bag in the freezer for 48 hours, pulling them out for a day, and then freezing them again for another 48 hours to kill off bugs.

Do you have any of your own tips when it comes to storing cold weather clothes?

Share them in the comments!

xo Ilana

Illustration: Carrie Beth Taylor
Sources: Vogue, Real Simple, Woman’s Day, Who What Wear
Categories: Ilana Saul, Wear
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  • suzanne

    Storing your clothes properly is so important to keep them looking pretty! Great tips :)
    xoxo
    Suzanne from http://www.writtenbysuzanne.com

  • Heather P.

    I just finished washing every item of clothing I own because we moved into an apartment with bedbugs (luckily, I only moved in clothes, no furniture…and we won’t be living there now). So this comes at a perfect time, since I now have a pile of clean, fresh sweaters to pack away! Thanks!

  • Katelin Absher

    Always great tips for things I never think about!! :)

    http://www.katelinkonfidential.blogspot.com

  • Rachel Trampel

    Great tips! Thank you so much for sharing!

    http://www.rachelslookbook.com

  • Ashley

    Yay for clean, bug free clothes! :)

    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • LaurenConrad.com

    That’s too bad! Happy to see this came at the right time and was helpful to you!

  • Dana Ivy

    Obsessed with my sweaters so I’ll take all the help I can in making sure they look great to last through the next season! Thanks!

    Xo
    Dana Ivy
    http://www.iadorewhatilove.com – Check out my blog!

  • Ashley Ward

    I keep pushing my sweaters and jackets farther and farther back in my closet. I think now I will just fold them and put them in storage..much better idea than destorying them in my closet.

    http://www.selfhelpyourselff.wordpress.com

  • Franci Gire

    Great tips! I stored mine away before summer started, after washing them of course!

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  • Kelly

    These are great tips!! Love the lavender idea, keeps the bugs away, and also makes the clothes smell fresh all the time. Thanks! Xo Kelly

  • Stephanie Coulombe

    What do you do if you have a cat? My cat pee’s on my stuff and have a hard time to train her to not to.

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  • Taanjaa

    I love the tips, can you do a post on cleaning your blazer at home? :)

    http://tanjamortensen.com/

  • Ana Sofia

    Great tips :) keep our clothes like new is so important! I hate when some sweater I really love have some damage.

    Xoxo,
    http://mmthanwords.blogspot.pt/

  • LaurenConrad.com

    Sounds like you are on top of it!

  • Franci Gire

    I try my best! ;) I mainly stored them out of lack of space in my closet for my summer clothes! Ugh, need a bigger closet…But I’m going to keep doing this from now on, that way my sweaters stay in better shape.

  • Hailey G

    Great tips! Must remember these!!

    Hailey from http://adayinthelife96.blogspot.com/

  • Deanne Castro

    I store my winter in sealed containers. It’s great to keep water, dust and bugs out!

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  • Kate Noto

    I shave mine when it starts to fray.

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    These are really great tips! I have to go out and buy some storage containers since I currently have my sweaters and such in a garbage bag in the corner…not ideal!

    Ashley
    http://allthatglitters.co.nr

  • Sam

    Thank you so much for the tips, i wear sweaters very often in the winter, and i don’t want mine to get wrecked.

    sam

    http://recherchentlabeaute.wordpress.com/

  • JANET WINSLET

    i put mothballs in my wardrobe,but the smell is strange. i will use natural moth repellents later.

  • Melissa mould

    love this post, i’ve just moved in with my boyfriend and we’re still sorting out storage :) Some great tips here

    Mel x
    UK Style Blogger
    http://www.mediamarmalade.com/

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    http://jaxcouture.wordpress.com/?s=Organize&submit=Search
    I love organizing tips, come for a visit to see the ones that I have gathered. Xoxo, Jax

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