When getting ready to store winter clothes, there are some important tips to keep in mind. Storing winter clothes properly will ensure that they are ready to use the next time your mercury starts to drop, and also clears out closet and drawer space during the summer months when you don't need daily access to bulky sweaters and other winter staples.
Before placing winter clothing items in storage, go through all your pockets and remove any spare change or personal items, and review each piece to see if it needs repair (ie missing or loose buttons, ragged hems, etc.) Discard or repair any damaged clothing, and wash or dry clean items you plan to wear next season before placing them in storage. That way, they will be ready to use as soon as you pull them from storage.
Use large storage containers with fitted or locking lids to keep out dirt, dust, and water. If you have a limited amount of storage space at home, consider vacuum-sealed storage bags, which can be compressed down as air is sucked out of them. Place the storage containers of your choice in a safe place in your home that is cool and dry. Avoid basements or attics, as they are more likely to have mold, water, or animal-related issues that can ultimately damage your clothes (or at the very least, leave them with an unpleasant smell.)
Everyone associates mothballs with long term clothing storage, but there are far less noxious items you can use to keep clothes smelling fresh in storage. Dryer sheets are one option. If you would prefer something more natural, opt for fragrant cedar blocks or sachets of dried lavender, though it should be noted that cedar has better bug repelling properties than floral scents.