We’ve had a very weird springtime – and not just because of what’s happening in the presidential race. If you’ll recall, early April was glorious – with lots of sunny, 60- and 70-degree days. But just when we were ready to pack away all those bulky sweaters, it got cold… REALLY cold. In fact, April 2016 was the coldest on record in over 20 years. And most of May wasn’t much better – with cooler-than-normal temperatures and tons of rain.
But friends, spring is really, truly here now. In fact, it feels a lot like summer lately. (If you don’t know what we’re talking about, hello? 85-degree temperatures and sky-high humidity?)
All of this is to say, unless you’re headed to Antarctica for the summer, you can safely store your entire winter wardrobe for the next four months. And break out those sexy tank tops!
What to Store
Storing your winter clothing may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to miss stuff. So we’ve created a handy-dandy check list for you. Grab a large box, suitcase or duffel bag. Go through your drawers, closets, your coatrack, under your bed, and anywhere else you keep indoor and outdoor apparel and fill your containers with the following:
- Heavy Sweaters – Especially Wool
- Flannel Shirts
- Winter Hats, Gloves & Mittens
- Snow Boots
- Wool Socks
- Leggings and Long Underwear
- Heavy Blankets/Electric Blankets
- Ski Equipment
- Any Long-Sleeved Shirts, Pants, Dresses or Suits You Won’t Wear Until Winter
- Space Heaters
- Winter Coats & Jackets, Including Leather Jackets
(Note: Fleece, down or synthetic material coats can simply be rolled up tightly and stored until next winter. But you’ll want to hang any formal coats in a wardrobe box for safekeeping during the cold months. Before you store any coats, CHECK EVERY POCKET! You never know what important stuff you’ve left in there – including money – until you look.)
Now that you’ve boxed or bagged up all those winter goodies, store them in safe, dry place. We should also mention that all clothing should be clean and completely dry before going into summer storage. That way, you won’t have to contend with any mold or mildew when it’s time to unpack.
Cleaning Your Air Conditioner
What else? Oh, yeah – you live in New York City. Unless your favorite place to sleep is a Bikram Yoga studio, you’re going to need to get your AC unit out of storage and re-install it in your bedroom window.
Before you do, CLEAN THAT NASTY THING! This is essential not only for keeping the AC working properly but also to protect your health. Check out this helpful video below that explains how to thoroughly clean your air conditioner. (Note: This dude is definitely not from NYC. But he still knows what he’s talking about, y’all.) https://youtu.be/mUlOUhPBQmM
Donate Your Old, Unwanted Stuff
One final tip for summer: If in the course your spring cleaning you come across clothing, furniture or other items you no longer want, donate them! Housing Works is a wonderful organization that accepts donations and re-sells them at multiple locations throughout Manhattan – including the Upper West Side, Yorkville, Hell’s Kitchen, Grammercy Park, Chelsea, the West Village SoHo and TriBeCa. All of their proceeds go toward helping people who are living with HIV-AIDS and or dealing with homelessness, so you’re not only decluttering your closet and your apartment – you’re doing good work for others!
We wish you an absolutely fabulous spring and summer.