The fact that it was in the 90s yesterday in Oklahoma means that winter is over! …And possibly spring as well. Luckily, today’s post is quintessential summer. I love busting out my white chino shorts, which I practically lived in every summer in high school. They’re an oldie, but a goodie!
As much as I love the crispness of fall, I think it’s about time to pack away the coats, scarves and boots. Every year around this time, I start to think about what I can do to get ready for next fall. I like to make a list of things I need to do after the season ends, whether getting clothes tailored or fixed, in order to prepare myself for the next year. Planning ahead gives you plenty of time to beat the right-before-fall rush.
Today I’m sharing 5 tips for putting away winter clothes! These tips will help you prepare for next fall, only if you do them! Sometimes prepping for a season that seems so far away isn’t the most fun thing to do because you don’t get the immediate satisfaction of enjoying your work. But, I promise you, if you follow through with these tips, you will be SO happy you did!
1. Get items repaired now.
About every two years I send in my Barbour jacket to be rewaxed. Barbour offers rewaxing of their jackets for like $30-ish dollars, which is well worth it! Without the wax, the jackets aren’t as waterproof as they could be, and this allows Barbour to make sure nothing on the jacket needs to be repaired. Plus, this protects the longevity of your jacket so that it really is a lifelong piece. This is also the perfect time to take winter clothes to the tailor. If you need a button repaired or a zipper fixed, act on it now! Especially if they’re pieces that you’ve worn a few years in a row.
2. Buy winter items while they’re still in stock.
Every year L.L. Bean sells out of Bean Boots starting in like October and they slowly come back around March. If you want a pair of Bean Boots, order them now. Sure, you won’t be able to wear them yet. But, you’ll be mad that you didn’t buy them while they were in stock in May. You can also catch a lot of items on sale now, too! Some brands are putting their winter clothes on extreme clearance and you never know what treasure you may find! Maybe a fisherman sweater or this fabulous, staple Free People sweater.
3. Organize your winter closet and rid it of clutter.
The best time to clean out your winter clothes is right after the season ends. Go through your closet and pick out the winter clothes you didn’t wear for the last few months and sell/donate them. Rather than waiting until next fall, clean out your closet while the season is still fresh in your mind. Then you can organize what remains and move it to the back of your closet, a spare closet or storage during the warmer months. When fall rolls back around again, you’ll have a better wardrobe base for buying new clothes!
4. Fold your sweaters.
The best way to keep the shape of your sweaters is to fold them, especially when you are storing them for the summer. Hanging them on a hanger will cause them to lose their shape and stretch in the shoulders. Don’t be sad next November when your sweaters are stretched and shapeless! Fold them and put them in a nice spacious drawer where they won’t be disturbed until the temps cool down.
5. Wash everything.
I feel like this is common sense, but I want to remind you to wash your sweaters, thick socks, pull overs and anything that you wear in winter weather only. I know it’s totally normal not to hand wash a sweater after every single wear, but when you’re putting your clothes away for several months you want to make sure they’re clean. Having your clothes sit around for that long with oils or other grime on them is not the best for the fabrics. If your items need to go to the dry cleaner, take them. If they need a hand wash, wash them! Do what you can now so that your clothes last longer, especially if you’re like me and love to invest in staples pieces that can be worn year after year.
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.