SUMMER IS HERE!!!! And if you're anything like me, it means you've procrastinated spring cleaning your closet. By this time of year, I've got tons of new summer dresses, shorts, tank tops, and more – but no space in my closet for them because it's packed full with sweaters and winter clothes.
Living in Calgary means we have the luxury of owning two separate wardrobes, one for the blistering summers and one for the bitter winters...How fun!
This also means that our closets fill up fast. So, if you've yet to store away your winter clothes in preparation for the summer, here are some great tips to help you out!
1. Machine wash or dry clean your winter items
Before storing away your winter clothes, be sure to wash them first so they stay fresh for next season! Machine wash all of your non-delicate winter items and dry clean any winter items made from natural materials, like silk, wool, and cashmere.
2. Clean your shoes
In Calgary, it's almost impossible not to salt-stain your winter boots. Before shoving them away, take the time now to clean and polish them! To extend your boots life span, consider cleaning them frequently throughout the winter as well.
3. Stock up in plastic bins
To save space in your closet, neatly fold your winter items and place them in a plastic storage container. Wrap your delicate items in tissue paper and keep any jackets or furs hanging. Throw in a dryer sheet or a bag of dried lavender to keep your clothes smelling fresh. Store the bins in your basement, garage, or the top shelf of your closet.
4. Keep your boots in shape
I have the worst habit of throwing my boots into the back of the shoe closet without any care, which makes them lose their shape. The same will happen if you pack them away in a container. During the summer months, stuff your shoes with tissue paper and your boots with boot trees so they can maintain their shape when not in use.
5. Donate clothes you don't wear anymore
The best option to clear space in your closet is to donate the clothes you no longer wear! Calgary Drop-In Centre and Goodwill are great places to go. Avalon Cleaners and Hi Neighbour Cleaners frequently run donation boxes so keep your eyes peeled for the next one!