How to Store Seasonal Clothes: Summer Edition

Several women's summer clothing items hanging in a closet

As the days get shorter and summer comes to a close, we reach for our favorite tank tops and worn-in shorts less and less. It can be somewhat bittersweet, but the good news is that cooler autumn days are right around the corner. That means it’s time to break out the chunky sweaters and fall boots!

Even if you have plenty of closet space (lucky you!), it’s a good idea to store out-of-season clothing, which means putting away summer clothes to make room for those sweaters and boots. And believe it or not, there is such a thing as right and wrong when it comes to storing clothes. 

Taking the time to learn how to store seasonal clothes extends their lifespan and reduces clutter, which has a number of mental health benefits. Fortunately, it’s very simple to do! Here, we’ve compiled our top tips for how to store your summer clothes. 

How to store seasonal clothes for fall & winter

1. Properly wash clothing before storing it

This clothing storage tip may seem obvious, but it’s easy to overlook. If you have clothes that require dry cleaning or other special care, do this before storing them for several months. The same goes for removing stains or making repairs, like sewing on a button or fixing a broken zipper. 

Not only do stains set as time goes on, but dirty clothes (or those with heavy fragrance, such as from perfume or lotion) are also more likely to attract pests. It’s important to note, however, that clothes must be completely dry before storing them. Putting damp clothes in a small, closed space is asking for mold or mildew. 

2. Store summer clothing in a climate-controlled environment

Our next tip for how to store your summer clothes expands on the first one. You already know it’s important to dry clothing before storing it, but how can you ensure it stays dry?

Damp environments, like basements and attics often are, can have the same negative effects as storing wet clothing. On the other hand, keeping summer clothes in a hot or too-dry room can actually deteriorate the fibers. Similarly, storing clothing in an area that gets direct sunlight can cause noticeable fading over time. If possible, choose a dark, dry, and relatively cool part of your home when considering how to store seasonal clothes.

3. Use durable plastic bins

It’s important to use sturdy plastic bins with lids to store summer clothes. This way, if something unexpected happens such as a flood or leak, your clothes will be safe. You don’t get the same peace of mind if you store clothing in cardboard boxes — even ultra-thick, sturdy boxes. 

Cardboard is made of natural fibers and gradually deteriorates, even in the most ideal conditions. Of course, it’s also severely damaged by water and it’s susceptible to rodents and other pests chewing or scratching through it. Stick with latching or lidded plastic bins, and don’t forget to label them to make things easier to find later!

4. Don’t store everything in bins

It may be tempting to store all your summer clothing in bins, but not so fast. Folding certain items, like blazers and delicate blouses, for extended periods of time can actually damage them. As a general rule, if a piece of clothing is wrinkle- or crease-prone, it shouldn’t be folded. Hang these items instead, but use high-quality wooden or padded hangers. Wire or plastic hangers have a tendency to stretch clothing, causing permanent damage. 

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TARYN SHORR