You might as well admit defeat. I’m tired of hanging on for summer to come, for this late burst of heat, and the light cotton dresses accusingly hanging in my wardrobe are just a reminder of the disappointing disappointment of the past few weeks. . I’ve been wearing chunky socks and sweaters for days and days now, and I guess so have you. I put a scarf around my neck when I walk the dogs in the morning. I declare the summer closed.
It’s time to put the summer stuff away, to banish those accusing cotton dresses from their winter quarters. It might sound like a bit of a talk, but for a few hours of work, you can enjoy a more streamlined wardrobe throughout fall and winter. There is a rather disturbing statistic that we wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time. With a little care now, we’re more likely to wear and appreciate what we have because we can access it, rather than relying on just a few items.
Do you need everything?
Now is the time to decide what you might want to get rid of. Good edition. Do you have seasonal clothes in your closet and drawers that you haven’t worn at all this summer? I’m not talking about the super chic stuff you could wear to weddings and big parties or events – there haven’t been so many of them lately, so you’d be forgiven for not putting it out there. I think about everyday things: shirts, T-shirts, shorts and light dresses. If you haven’t worn them this summer, do you need them? There is no need to wash, fold, and store things that you are unlikely to be able to carry anymore.
Before putting anything away, make sure it is spotlessly clean. Wash what you can; dry clean what needs dry cleaning. It’s not just because there are few things sadder than unwrapping your summer dresses next year to find this season’s popsicle spots in them. The dreaded moth loves dirty clothes. Your sweaty sweaters are a banquet. Forget cedar balls and lavender. These have a slight deterrent effect (although sometimes call me cynical, I think they just act as an indicator of the good stuff), but they don’t do anything to stop an infestation. Slip a few sachets of moth repellent into your boxes and storage bags. Acana Moth Killer pouches cost around Â£ 6 for 20 in some supermarkets and hardware stores.
Do you have clothes that you take out to wear and then find that they have missing buttons, broken zippers, little holes, and undone hems? You put them back for something else, taking note of fixing them at some point. Except life goes fast and you don’t. If you haven’t finished mending a garment yet, how much do you love it? Allow time for these small repairs, or give the clothes to a friend who might love them enough to fix them. Don’t take them, whatever you do, to your local charity store. They have plenty to do without serving as a dumping ground for your procrastination. A while ago a volunteer reader at a charity store emailed me asking me to drop off the clothes at the appropriate season – if we don’t, they have to keep them until the right time. . So if you can pack and store your summer clothes and then drop them off in the spring, that would be appreciated.
Swimming clothes go through a lot of hardships in the space of a few months – salt water, chlorine, sunscreen, sun exposure (when you’re lucky). They are often expensive, so it is worth cleaning them well before putting them away. Wash them gently in cold water with a little mild detergent for delicate fabrics. In a pinch, you can use a mild shampoo, as long as it doesn’t contain conditioner as well. Let the clothes soak for 30 minutes. Watch out for stains – rub in some clean detergent if you need it. Rinse well, gently wring out and air dry.