Spring is finally upon us, so it’s time to peel off those winter layers and whip out the floral prints. However, preparing your spring wardrobe is about much more than just hitting the shops and splashing the cash. There is also a practical side to updating your wardrobe that many people forget about. It will be near impossible for you to store both your spring and winter clothing on just one rail – so what’s the solution?
Out with the old and in with the new
First things first, take a look through all of your winter clothing and start asking yourself a few questions.
• Does it still fit?
• Is it still in good condition?
• Will I want it before next winter?
• Will I wear it again next year?
Your answers will allow you to decide what to do with the item in question – recycle it, give it away to charity, bin it or store it for the next cold winter. Once you have your ‘storage’ pile, make sure it’s all thoroughly cleaned before putting into hibernation.
Once the clothes have been washed and dried, fold them up to store away in plastic boxes and containers. Protect your clothes by layering white pillow cases between layers and always start by packing the heaviest items at the bottom.
Although you might have loads of space up in the loft, down the cellar or even in the garage, these are three places that aren’t ideal for storing clothes. The best bet is to take advantage of under-bed storage, shelving in fitted wardrobes or spare cupboards.
If plastic containers take up too much room, then opt for vacuum sealed packs instead. These reduce your pile of clothes to a fraction of the size, allowing them to slot into storage spaces around the bedroom more easily.
We’re not suggesting that you get your bedroom designed around your transition from winter to spring clothing, but if you are renovating anyway, it is something to bear in mind.
If you picture your bedroom it’s likely that you’ve got awkward corners, walls with radiators and plug sockets and maybe even wardrobes with doors that you can’t fully open. Fitted bedrooms and wardrobes tend to offer much more storage than standard ones, as they are able to maximise the space and use every inch available – perfect for storing last season’s clothes.