It really is time to start switching over your closets as we prepare for Spring!
To make sure that your winter wardrobe looks its best next year, John Mahdessian of Madame Paulette offers these tips for a smooth transition next Fall. The high-end couture cleaner even offers a Closet Concierge service where they will clean and digitally catalog each piece, while storing it in their climate-controlled vaults in New York. If this isn’t an option for you, try these tips at home.
1. Now is the time to evaluate your wardrobe for items that you no longer wear, look at each piece and think about the last time you wore it. If it no longer fits on you or in your wardrobe – donate it! There are several organizations out there that would welcome your pieces, like Housing Works and the Salvation Army.
2. Make sure that each piece is clean thoroughly before packing. Particles left on items can stain and set into your clothes after several months of storage. Cleaning the clothes also means that insects will be less likely to take up residence in your sweaters. Pay attention to care labels and launder or dry clean the pieces before stashing them away. Any stains should be removed, either professionally or with a Madame Paulette Stain Removal Kit.
2.Place folded items in large plastic containers with airtight lids that can easily be stacked and stored under beds, in closets or in storage. Bed, Bath and Beyond or the Container Store have bins in all shapes and sizes. If you don't have adequate room to store these containers, you might want to consider a professional facility like Manhattan Mini-Storage, or Madame Paulette.
3.While no pest-deterrent is guaranteed, try cedar, lavender or rosemary in the containers with the clothing. Moth balls tend to be too harsh for many of your clothing items and have a less than pretty smell when you open up the containers come fall.
4.While you should hang suits and costs, never hang sweaters or other knit items that can become misshapen by long term hanging. If your items can’t be hung, stack them in garment bags away from water and carpeting. Stack your folded items from the lightest items on top to the heaviest items on bottom. Stacking items loosely will allow air to still circulate.
5.Remember Clean, Cool, Dark, and Dry. Your storage area must be all four of these in order to protect your clothing. Clean any area thoroughly before storing. Choose a place that is not likely to be exposed to heat. A dark place will prevent fading and keep the area and clothing cool. Make sure the storage area is dry because wetness will attract mildew and insects.
When in doubt, always ask the professionals. Madame Paulette offers cleaning, tailoring and laundering, all across the country, as well as has a Professional Stain Removal Kit.. You can get more information at www.madamepaulette.com or by calling 212.838.6827