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Get Kids' Closets Ready for Spring

While spring may seem about 100 degrees away, it won't be long before it's time to start packing away your children's winter clothes. But before you toss everything in a box and shove it somewhere into the depths of your closet, we recommend you take the steps to store those clothes properly. A little extra planning will go a long way, and save you a lot of time, come the first change of leaves next fall.

Get Kids’ Closets Ready for Spring
  1. Decide what to keep, toss, or donate: While you can count on your own clothes (hopefully) fitting six months from now, the same can't be said for your growing kids. So first, you'll want to go through each winter item and weed out the clothes that are beyond repair—if you're feeling crafty, you can turn tattered tees and scarves into cleaning rags. Next, determine which clothes will actually fit your child when it's time to take them out of storage. If it's too small or just barely fitting now, it's a good idea to donate it and save yourself the storage space.
  2. Wash all clothes to be stored: Kids do a great job of getting clothes dirty and stained, so make sure everything is cleaned before storage. This goes for jeans and sweaters, as well as coats and gloves. Not only will stains become permanent if left for months, but insects are less likely to make a home in clean clothes.
  3. Get the proper containers: Avoid cardboard boxes for long-term storage, as they attract bugs. Plastic containers are suitable, as long as you store the clothes in a cool, dark, and dry place—otherwise, trapped moisture can be an issue. If you happen to have unused suitcases handy, these are actually the best storage option for winter clothes. You can add cedar blocks or cedar lining to any storage container to provide extra security against insects.
  4. Label your inventory: It may seem like a waste of time now, but when winter gear goes on mega sale during the warmer months, it will help you remember what's missing from your children's winter wardrobe. Also, try to pack all the lightweight sweaters in one box, heavier sweaters in another, and so on. This way, as the weather gradually cools down, you'll know what to unpack first.
  5. Check on your storage: You don't have to do it on a daily, or even weekly, basis. But try to check on the stored clothes at least once a month, to be sure there are no issues. You'll want to make sure they remain insect–free, and that the storage area is still cool and dry.