It’s finally time to leave the warm clothes behind and get out your summer wardrobe. Here are some tips and tricks to store your fall and winter clothing correctly so they’ll look and feel as good as new for the next season.

1. Make Sure They’re Clean
It seems like a no brainer, but it has to be said. Before you store away any clothing, make sure to either launder or dry clean them and ensure everything is completely dry before packing it away.

2. Don’t Iron Anything
We know it’s tempting but put down the iron and stay away from starch. Both can weaken your clothing’s fibers and make them prone to tearing along the creases.

3. Get the Right Storage Containers
You should store clothes in plastic since it’s waterproof and protects well from bugs and pests. Also, cardboard and wood both contain chemicals that can transfer on to clothes and damage them. Just make certain your plastic boxes aren’t completely airtight, as some clothes (such as wool and other natural fabrics) need to breathe.

4. Keep it Cool
Place the boxes or containers in a cool place that’s off the floor and away from damp, sunlight and any type of heat. If you can, make room on a high shelf in a closet.

5. Stay Away from Wood
Don’t store clothes in direct contact with wood, as all wood contains acids that can damage fabrics over a long period of time.

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