How to Store Sweaters, According to an Expert
With temperatures cooling down, it’s safe to say we’re ready to start swapping those lighter layers for something on the warmer side. After spending months relishing the feeling of warm sunlight on our bare skin., we're now finding ourselves longing to be bundled up in our favourite knitwear to fight the cold. And now that we’ve started reaching for those chunky knits instead of that light denim jacket, knowing how to properly store our favourite sweaters is a must.
Storing our sweaters neatly (and safely!) will give us peace of mind knowing they’ll remain in their top condition until we wear them next. Until then, we asked New York–based organiser Tova Weinstock of Tidy Tova for her best advice on how to keep our favourite wool and cashmere sweaters organised and away from any pests all season long. See what she has to say; then shop our favourite sweaters on the market to wear all autumn long.
Toss Sweaters You Don’t Use
Before you start, Weinstock advises getting rid of any sweaters you don’t wear, cutting down your wardrobe and saving space. If you haven’t worn it in over a year, more likely than not you won’t wear it any time soon. Plus, you’ll have more room for those shopping sprees we all indulge in every once in a while.
Properly clean everything before you put it into storage. “Make a big trip to the dry cleaners, since most will get ruined in the machine,” she says. This will make it easier on you when you finally pull them back out and want to wear them right away.
Organise by Type
When you start organising, be sure to organise each of your sweaters by type, such as wool, cashmere, and alpaca. “Wool sweaters can be stored in airtight bins, but try not to stuff them too tightly so they can properly breathe,” she explains. “Store cashmere sweaters in canvas storage bags so they have extra breathing room and airflow.”
Keep Moths Away with Lavender or Cedar
Weinstock also mentions throwing in a lavender sachet or cedar block to ward off moths. While they’re in storage, you’ll feel confident knowing that your sweaters will stay safe from holes.
Shop Chic Sweaters
The Elder Statesman Odyssey Striped Ribbed Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater ($705)
This varsity-style sweater will go with anything you wear.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Wear these sweaters all autumn and winter. Then, once you put them into storage, they’ll be set until the next season.