Take a cue from Corri McFadden, owner of eDrop-Off and star of Vh1's House of Consignment. The clothing whisperer shares her tips on everything, from how to edit your winter wardrobe to the proper way to store your clothing. Look at it this way: Follow this advice and you just might end up having a little extra room in your closet for some new spring wares.
Tip 1: Edit Your Winter Wardrobe Before Putting Into Storage
We are all guilty as charged when it comes to holding on to a piece of clothing that you know darn well you won't wear next year. Instead, "consign your unwanted pieces with eDrop-off and turn those unwanted pieces into cash for next season's budget," says McFadden. Now that is some solid fiscal advice we can identify with!
Tip 2: Put Your Clothes Away In The Best Condition Possible
We know: You want to get those bulky pieces out of sight, stat — but shove everything away too quickly and you might regret it next fall and winter. "Be sure to get your winter coat dry-cleaned, have any loose buttons tightened, and get any piling removed that accumulated throughout the season," says McFadden. "If you have a leather piece, wipe it down with a damp, cold cloth. Any staining or odor should be professionally cleaned. Davis Imperial does great work. Leather lasts forever, so you must take care of it. Also, remember to empty your pockets — including gloves, as they could warp the fabric."
Tip 3: Proper Storage Is Key
Now, proper storage is probably an area where we have all probably messed up in one way or another. Like, what are you doing with those items that come back from the dry cleaner? If you think you're doing your garments justice by keeping them in the plastic bags, guess again. McFadden says to remove the bags immediately as they can actually damage the garment. "Store them in a cloth bag — it's breathable," she says. "You can find them at Bed Bath & Beyond. Or, for a homemade solution, you can sew a cotton sheet in half and use it."
When it comes to leather items, make sure you aren't storing them in plastic or near heat like a closet light bulb. McFadden also adds that you should make sure to use strong hangers like those made out of cedar. "Not only do they keep the shoulders of your garment from warping, they help keep moths away."
To avoid putting your foot in a misshaped boot next season, stuff them! "Even paper from deep in the toe all the way up will do," says McFadden. Lastly: sweaters. The storage guru tells us to use "proper storage bags and cedar to avoid wrinkles and those pesky moths."
Tip 4: Wrap Delicate Items Prone To Wrinkling In Acid-Free Tissue Paper
A special tissue paper that we should be wrapping our delicate items in? Mcfadden recommends this one to ensure long-term storage.
TIp 5: Check On Your Storage
Just because you accomplished the task of packing everything away doesn't mean you shouldn't look at it until next season. "Don't abandon your stored clothing into oblivion," says McFadden. "Be sure you are regularly checking on items to make sure that there are no issues."
Tip 6: Clean, Cool, Dark, And Dry
For those of you who live in a hot box in the summer, you might want to look into additional space for some of your favorite pieces. McFadden says that "clean, cool, dark, and dry are the essential four things to have for the ideal storage space."
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