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How to spring clean your clothes

Spring is here (for most of us anyway)! You can see signs of the season throughout the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Junktion (our office) in the form of white shoes, pastel pants and short sleeves. I love pulling out my spring/summer clothes and rediscovering favorite pieces. It’s also time to store winter sweaters and wool pants until the brrrrrr of next year. If you want to keep your clothes in good shape while they’re in hibernation follow these tips.

1. The first thing you need to do is be real with yourself and get rid of the winter clothes that you didn’t wear or you wore too much. Donate the items that are in good repair and throw out the rest. You can cut up clothes into eco clean-up cloths. I once stained a book shelf using an old Boys-to-Men fan t-shirt and felt like a resourceful man!

2. Time to wash the winter away! Give your clothes a good clean. Even if that cable-knit looks spotless it could be harboring dirt or tiny insects that erode fabrics over time. Avoid mold by making sure your clothes are super dry before packing them up. Martha Stewart recommends tying a bunch of chalk together with a rubber band and hanging it in your closet to absorb extra moisture in the air. Seems like a stretch, but I’m not going to argue with Martha.

3. Now that everything is ready, where do you put it? Dry-cleaning bags are your enemy because they let moisture in and trap it. No amount of chalk will help you. Heavy-duty garbage bags are actually air tight if you tie them at the top and bottom, believe it or not this cheap tip comes from Vogue Magazine. Your best option is the garment bag. They’re specifically designed to let your clothing breathe and stay fresh. Throw a few moth repellent cedar balls in there for good measure. Traditional moth balls smell gross and are full of chemicals.

Hope this gets you in mood for a spring wardrobe workout! If you live somewhere where it’s still snowing, I’m sorry. We’ve got a whole lot more tips and tricks throughout this blog and have you seen our Pinterest?! It’s full of inspirational ideas and projects – check it out!

Andrew Sutherland is PR Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and You Move Me. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? inspired Andrew to regain space by saying good-bye to 1/3 of his possessions. Andrew is a mountain man in training who appreciates an awesome view, a good story and organized closets. Connect with Andrew on Google+ or LinkedIn.

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