I’m a Californian, living in Vermont. Aside from everything that Californian’s don’t naturally know about living in New England, I had to teach myself seasonal wardrobe storage. My first year here, I bought enough woolens to choke an Outer Hebrides crofter. This was good, because I trundled around in sweaters and tweeds and didn’t freeze to death (yet) , though I did fall down a lot. The problem ultimately came when that first spring did. I had all of this wool, and no idea where to park it. A little research, and then some additional research, with some research on the side, led me to my current “system”.
Fist and foremost, breathable cotton or linen bags are needed to keep wool away from moths and carpet beetles, especially in climates where humidity spikes for long periods, encouraging moth hatching. They also discourage dust/grime/cat hair collection, and reduce the need for post-storage dry cleaning.
For sweaters, these are great, and don’t cost an arm and a leg. You want wool sweaters to breath, hence the fabric.
For coats/jackets/ other hangables, these are useful. Same principle as above.
For ties- I tend to find fairly tight-lidded boxes, and fold the ties in lengthwise thirds. Though my incredibly skilled father-in-law is working on a new tie-storage solution for me. Coming soon.
Leather jackets and canvas coats with fur collars and wool/alpaca linings should also be stored in bags in a similar manner. Though with the heavier items, invest in these– the wider shoulder will support the material without stretching it and putting stress on the seam.
Drawer it/ Closet it-
Once the item is enclosed, it can be stored in a drawer or hung in a closet. I like to take some additional steps to further discourage wool chomping trespass. In drawers I use pipe tobacco. Standard Dunhill nightcap, to be precise. Tobacco contains the natural insecticide nicotine (evolved to kill, friends, evolved to kill), and just the smell tends to do wonders for pest prevention. If you aren’t a fan of the smell of fresh tobacco (ie, you are crazy), you can mix it with clove or mint oil, which masks the smell somewhat, and doesn’t reduce its efficacy (though you may attract goth kids). For easy drawer/ bottom of garment bag tossing, you can use tobacco tins with holes nailed in the bottom, and a fine mesh placed over the holes to prevent tobacco spreading around. There are plenty of cheap tobacco tins to get crafty with on ebay and local antique stores.
A few small steps for man, genocide for the wool moth!