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We’re at that time of year where we are hauling out all our winter clothes and storing our summer ones.
Here are some pointers for storing your clothes that will save you time and money, making it easier to deal with your laundry day!
1. Discard
If you have a large family, you might want to sort through one person’s clothes each day, or gather everyone’s clothes by color and wash all together and sort. Otherwise you will get overwhelmed.
Any items that look old, torn or no longer fit, toss out, give away or recycle as rags. Special items that may have meaning or memories you may want to hang on to or make something useful from them.
2. Letting Go
Do you really need 5 pairs of black shorts? Does your daughter need 4 pink t-shirts? Let go of the clothing items that you really don’t need. Not only are you making room in your closet but cutting down on your laundry loads.
3. Storing
Once you have reduced items down to a smaller amount, you can figure out the storage situation. It may be helpful to store children’s clothing by gender or size. Large plastic storage containers with tight fitting lids work best to safeguard from humidity and insects. Try to keep containers in doors if possible. In the winter it can get damp in a garage or storage unit, and in summer the temperatures soar.
4. Freshness
Before placing your clothing items inside, sprinkle a little baking soda in the bottom of the container. Add your folded clothes and throw in a couple of fabric sheets to reduce mold and mildew and add freshness.
If you are not a fan of the odor that comes with mothballs, you can make a natural moth repellent by mixing three ounces of whole cloves with two cups of dried lavender blossoms and four cups of cedar chips (the kind used for pet bedding), tie off in sachets made from old cut off pantyhose. This will deter some pests and make your clothes smell great, however, it is not as effective mothballs.
If you decide to use mothballs, to eliminate the smell, air out clothing in fresh air for a couple of days after you unpack it then wash clothing with one cup of distilled white vinegar added in the wash cycle.
It’s About Time,
Clean Laundry

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