If you’re trying to make room in your closet or declutter your bedroom, deciding to store your seasonal clothing is a great way to open up space. There are certain steps you need to take in order to correctly store your seasonal clothing — especially in a humid state like Tennessee.
Learn the best process for preparing and storing clothes during the off-season, and contact Just Store It! in Knoxville to reserve your storage unit.
Run It Through The Wash
Before storing your clothing for several months, it’s a good idea to wash it. This ensures that everything is actually clean, will remove stains, and prevents any smells on certain items from being absorbed by clothes that are clean.
Clean clothes are also less likely to attract pests. If you store your clothes in a storage unit, this shouldn’t be an issue to begin with, but it’s always a good idea.
Completely Dry Everything
One of the worst things you can do after washing your clothing is to pack them away before they fully dry. This is because, if you’re using a plastic storage bin, your clothes won’t breathe or receive the air that they need to finish drying. This can cause mold and mildew in the summer, making your clothes unbearably smelly when you pull that out of your storage unit. Alternatively, your clothing could freeze in the winter!
Make sure clothes are completely dry, either by air-drying them or running them through the clothes dryer, before packing them away.
Invest In Plastic Bins
If you don’t already own some, purchase plastic bins to store your seasonal clothing in. These are the best containers for storage — whether for a few months or long-term — because they’re durable, easy to handle, stack well, and can be labeled and organized easily.
Plastic bins are also a great barrier against moisture and pests. Opaque bins also block light so clothing doesn’t become discolored. Renting a climate-controlled storage unit will also keep your clothing cool, dry, and vibrant.
Use Garment Bags
Clothing for special occasions or pieces made from delicate materials shouldn’t be stored in air-tight containers. Keep these items in cloth garment bags that can breathe so these items of clothing stay in good condition.
It’s also a good idea to lay these garment bags flat rather than hang them up so that the fabric doesn’t warp on the hangers.
Pick A Scent Absorber
This step is optional, but we recommend it if you want your clothes to stay smelling fresh the entire time they’re in a storage unit. Using a scent absorber not only gets rid of unsavory scents, but can emit a smell that you actually enjoy. Use juniper sprigs, cedar balls, or another dried wood or herb to absorb scent and give off a pleasant one.
When it comes to storing clothes, following certain steps will help maintain their quality for when you want to wear them again. For a storage unit that’s climate-controlled and the perfect size, contact Just Store It! in Knoxville.