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Written By Clothes Doctor Admin 07 May 2019

Now that it is officially spring, and warmer weather is just around the corner, there is no better time to give your wardrobe some much needed TLC. It is nearly time to switch out your winter garments for summer ones, and before you throw your jumpers and coats to the back of your wardrobe, consider taking the time to sort through, clean, and properly store these items. We promise it will save you time and money when winter rolls on again.

With these 5 simple steps you can preserve your beloved garments and make sure they are ready to face another winter:

1. Sort

Start by pulling out the entire contents of you wardrobe including your summer pieces if they are in storage. Whilst this may seem counterproductive, it is the best way to remind yourself of the clothes you already own in order to begin organising. You are more than likely holding onto items that you have not worn in some time, so now is the time to be realistic. If you haven’t worn a garment last or this season, with the exception of specialist items such as skiing gear, it might be time to say farewell. clothes on pile on bed to sort

2. Categorise

It can be really helpful when sorting your wardrobe to create three piles – keep, repair or alter, and donate – this will ensure nothing slips through the net and back into your wardrobe or storage! It’s important that items you no longer wish to keep are either donated or disposed of responsibly, such as at a textile recycling centre.


3. Repair or alter/TLC

Ensure you are getting the most out of your wardrobe and that your favourite garments are in a ready-to-wear condition for next winter. If you’ve been neglecting the growing ‘in need of repair’ pile, now is the perfect time to give these items some love.

You might also be hoarding items that no longer fit or are considered fashionable; instead of ditching these, give them a new lease of life by altering them.

alter pant legs

4. Clean

Now that you have selected your favourite garments to keep, it is important that you give them a clean before packing them away for the winter. Although your clothes may look clean, you would be surprised at how easily any food, hair, or skin particles attached to the surface of the fabric can cause damage when left over a period of time. Lingering dirt can oxidise and discolour fabric, and also attract clothes moths – save yourself a nasty surprise next season by correctly storing your items now.

Remember to check care labels before washing, especially as winter garments such as cashmere or coats may require specialist cleaning. We recommend that you do up any zip or button fastenings, and empty out pockets.

washing cleaning shirts

5. Store

Once you have sorted, fixed, altered and cleaned your garments, its time to restore some order to your wardrobe. As a first step, find a suitable place to store your winter garments – a cool, dry, dark environment with a temperature of between 12-18 degrees is optimum. In addition to this, the correct folding technique will save space and ensure garments such as woollen jumpers don’t stretch out of shape.

Empty luggage bags or plastic boxes with lids are perfect for storage. Line these with acid-free tissue paper to protect your garments and add lavender or cedar wood balls to keep clothes smelling good (whilst keeping clothes moths at bay!).

 storage winter wardrobe

Specialist items may require more protection during storage and will therefore need to be stored separately. Consider wrapping delicate items individually in tissue paper, or using vacuum sealed storage bags for bulky items.