If you're like every New Yorker, you have too many clothes to fit into your tiny closet space. To learn how to store your clothing and transition your wardrobe from season to season, here are tips from John Mahdessian of high-end New York cleaner Madame Paulette.
1. Go Through Your Closets
If you're looking to transition your closets from one season to another, 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 the Salvation Army.
2. Cleaner is Better
Make sure that each piece is thoroughly clean 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 and knits.
Pay attention to care labels and launder or dry clean the pieces before stashing them away. Any stains should be removed, either professionally at a dry cleaner or with a Madame Paulette Stain Removal Kit ($12.50).
3. Storage Bins
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 and The Container Store have bins in all shapes and sizes.
4. Pest Control
While no pest-deterrent is guaranteed, try adding cedar, lavender or rosemary to the containers with your clothing. Moth balls tend to be too harsh for many clothing items and have a less-than-pretty smell when you open up the containers the next season.
5. To Hang or Not to Hang?
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 still allow air to circulate.
6. "Clean, Cool, Dark, and Dry"
Remember Clean, Cool, Dark, and Dry. Your storage area must be all four of these in order to protect your clothing. Clean any area thoroughly before storing.
Choose a place that is not likely to be exposed to heat. A dark place will prevent fading and keep the clothing cool. Make sure the storage area is dry because wetness can attract mildew and insects.
To learn more about Madame Paulette, please visit www.madamepaulette.com.