Part of any good spring-cleaning project involves storing winter items. Even in South Florida, we wear boots and winter scarves on occasion. These items need to be cleaned and stored to make room for the swimsuits and flip-flops!
For my rubber and leather boots both, I use natural cleaning products I bought online. My foray into trying to make a natural boot-cleaning product did not end up the exact way I wanted. In fact, it was ugly.
Once I clean the boots, I let them sit for twenty-four hours. I want the products to soak into my boots. I then take an old cotton pillowcase and buff out both my rubber and leather boots.
I no longer have my boot boxes, so I use clean plastic containers that I can roll under the bed. I stuff the boots with white tissue paper and then wrap them in old pillow- cases. I wrap them individually with one pair of boots per a pillowcase.
Normally I am not a fan of putting anything under the bed. I just hate the thought of under bed storage. It seems so messy. But I do slide the plastic containers under the bed and keep the boots there until next winter.
I have dozens and dozens of scarves my mother made for me. Each one has a special significance and therefore, I am very picky about their care.
I take days to hand wash with Woolite each scarf. I then air-dry each scarf. Once they are completely dried, I loop them over a wooden coat hanger. I can get about ten of the scarves on each hanger. I do not scrunch or crowd them at all. After they are all on the hanger, I cover the hanger with a kitchen trash bag and tie off the end. The hangers are then hung at the back of the closet.
I do not wear mittens, but when I lived in a colder climate, I cleaned and stored them in a similar fashion. But instead of looping them over a hanger, I would put the mittens in a large shopping bag, tie it off to a coat hanger and store the mittens beside my scarves.
This part of my spring-cleaning routine will free up space. Once these items are away, I can begin to clean the rest of my closet area. Just keep cleaning!