It’s finally April, and while here in Chicago that means six more weeks of winter, the rest of you might be putting away your heavy winter items in favor of sandals and swimsuits. If you’re an apartment dweller, however, where should you store this stuff? And how should you do it? There is a lot more to it than stuffing your sweaters and scarves (good riddance) into a shopping bag in the back of your already-full closet.
1. Wash everything! Why? You’ll thank me in the fall.
2. Go through your pockets, button buttons and zip zippers. You’ll need that twenty dollar bill you left in your heavy-duty parka to buy some new flip-flops.
2. Store items in plastic bins in a cool area away from light or moisture. If you’re short on closet space, get an under-the-bed storage container, and you won’t have to look at those woolen mittens again until November.
3. Or, find some funky-looking suitcases, fill them with winter gear you won’t be using, and stack them in your hallway or bedroom corner like so:
3. Throw in some lavender. Or cedar. Preferably not both.
4. One item I learned from laundry.about.com (where have you been all my life? Who doesn’t love reading about laundry?) is that you should not store clothes in the bags from the dry cleaners, as they can trap moisture and ruin your clothes. Save them for the transport home from the cleaners, and then dispose of them properly. Or, use them to make a wreath for next December.
5. Enjoy the summer, whenever it chooses to arrive!