Now that spring has sprung, it's time to think about storing those sweaters…and breaking out your sunny-day best! Think flowy tops, maxi dresses and other warm weather must-haves.
Not sure what to do with your heavy winter threads? Don't sweat it! John Mahdessian of high-end couture cleaner Madame Paulette has a closet full of tips to ensure your wardrobe is ready-to-wear next Fall. (Minus the moth balls!)
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1.) Now is the time to evaluate your wardrobe for items that you no longer wear, look at each piece and think about the last time you wore it. If it no longer fits on you or in your wardrobe - donate it! There are several organizations out there that would welcome your pieces, like Housing Works and the Salvation Army.
2.) Make sure that each piece is clean thoroughly before packing. Particles left on items can stain and set into your clothes after several months of storage. Cleaning the clothes also means that insects will be less likely to take up residence in your sweaters. Pay attention to care labels and launder or dry clean the pieces before stashing them away. Any stains should be removed, either professionally or with a Madame Paulette Stain Removal Kit.
3.) Place folded items in large plastic containers with airtight lids that can easily be stacked and stored under beds, in closets or in storage. Bed, Bath and Beyond or the Container Store have bins in all shapes and sizes. If you don't have adequate room to store these containers, you might want to consider a professional facility, like a storage unit.
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5.) While you should hang suits and costs, never hang sweaters or other knit items that can become misshapen by long term hanging. If your items can't be hung, stack them in garment bags away from water and carpeting. Stack your folded items from the lightest items on top to the heaviest items on bottom. Stacking items loosely will allow air to still circulate.
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