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Hibernating Your Summer Wardrobe

Summer officially ends on Sunday 23rd September in the northern hemisphere and autumn begins. The turn of the season is always a good time to review your wardrobe so we’ve rounded up some tips for you in this month’s blog post.

There are many suggestions on how to organise and optimise your wardrobe – from the minimalist ‘capsule wardrobe’ idea (which I personally find too limiting) to the ‘if you haven’t worn it in a year do you really need it?’ rule of thumb.  If neither of these appeal, then arm yourself with some vacuum bags, sewing kit and perhaps some boxes from our online box shop and get ready put that summer wardrobe into hybernation.

First – identify items that definitely won’t transition from summer to winter and separate into those that will definitely make an appearance again next spring/summer and those that won’t survive the hibernation – for whatever reason. Carry out necessary repairs now rather than unpack them again next summer and find that there’s a missing button or a hem needs some attention.

Decide what to do with the non-survivors. Are they recyclable or upcyclable? Look out for some local clothes banks and take them along – and don’t leave them in the back of the car for a month – take them today.

It’s worth cannibalising clothing that can’t be worn again for the buttons – every home should have a button box!

Look out for Clothes Swap parties – or arrange one of your own with friends. It’s a great way to refresh a tired wardrobe – a clothes transfusion! You could also raise money for a local charity like Maggie’s Centre Edinburgh by charging an entrance fee.

Raise some cash for the festive season by listing your unwanted items on auction or sales sites. As well as Facebook Marketplace pages, you could also try DePop or eBay.

Right – time to take stock of what’s left – the keepers. A good selection of different sized vacuum bags is your friend here. They’re a great space saver if used correctly. Don’t overfill the bags – and make sure you fold the items in neatly first to maximise the space.

Don’t forget footwear – storing summer footwear can be bulky but opaque stackable plastic boxes make identification easier and can be purchased from local DIY stores or supermarkets.

If you complete this wardrobe task for the whole family and don’t have space at home to store the clothing going into hibernation – give Edinburgh Self Storage a call on 0131 377 7277. Or check out our Room Size Helper find out how flexible and affordable our self-storage options are.

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