Be prepared with proper winter storage

Ok, we seem to be back in that ridiculous in-between-y weather again. The bank holiday weekend may have been a complete washout (at least there was chocolate. Chocolate always makes things better) but many of us are starting to see faint hints of sunshine again, and whilst you shouldn’t be packing away your winter clothes just yet it might be worth spending some time prepping your winter clothing storage options. Do it now and when the sun finally does come out to stay you’ll be ready for it, and it needn’t take that long to tick this part of spring cleaning off your list.

It’s the perfect time of year to thoroughly go through your wardrobe to see what you’ve actually got in there. Be ruthless and chuck out or donate anything you’re convinced you’re not going to wear again, thereby freeing up space for all those lovely summer clothes currently clogging up the high street (shopping trip anyone?). Once that’s done it’s often worth cleaning the wardrobe itself—make sure there aren’t any lingering pockets of dust or musty smells emanating from the depths, because keeping it fresh and clean can be the best way to ensure your clothes stay in top condition.

You’ll want to start making sure your bulky winter sweaters and coats are thoroughly cleaned before you store them away—perfume or deodorant could get trapped in the fabric and attract moths—and then you need to consider the storage options themselves. You might not have room to store all your bulky winter gear in the wardrobe itself, and that’s when it’s time to get creative.

You might have an extra wardrobe or chest of drawers in the spare bedroom for this very reason, or you could even utilise one of those plastic vacuum bags to squish down your clothes and slash the amount of storage space you need. Make sure to invest in as many bags as necessary and always buy a lavender scented sachet for each storage area to keep everything fresh and sweet-smelling, so start the prep work now and all you’ll have to do is chuck your clothes in the desired space when the time comes.