Out with the old
Maximize your storage space, and your personal resources, by purging (and donating) as the first step in your seasonal storage project—who wants to pay to clean and store something you’re not planning on wearing next season anyway? And after you’ve realized the “magic of tidying up” and figured out what’s worth keeping, better get folding because Marie Kondo can school you on that, too, with her patented folding method designed to make the best use of drawer space.
Clean, but also condition
We all know that cleaning your clothes before storage is critical—fabric-killers are attracted to food particles and odor—but fabric conditioner is a lesser-known, but important second step. Per Downy Principal Scientist Mary Johnson, fabric conditioners such as Downy condition fibers, which protects them against stretching, fading, and fuzzing. “You wouldn’t skip conditioner after your shampoo—same goes for your clothing,” she says. Finally, just because clothes look clean, doesn’t mean they are. Johnson says 70% of soil in laundry is invisible.