Are you frustrated by the amount of clothing you have cluttering up your closet and dresser? Your clothing is seasonal and items out of season shouldn’t be taking up extra space in your living area. Instead, pack these items away and keep them in a storage unit, like one at Just Store It!, until you need again next season. Learn more about organizing and storing your seasonal clothing to make retrieving them later easy, and to give yourself more closet and dresser space.
Before packing away items into a storage unit, make sure to wash the clothing you’ll be storing. This will get rid of any dirt or food particles that could attract bugs. It also helps removed oils and stains that will otherwise set into your clothes when they’re not being worn. Check to make sure everything is completely dry before packing it away, otherwise it will form mildew.
Beat The Stink
When packing summer clothing or activewear, be sure you’re not packing stinky clothes. Because of the hotter season and sweating, these clothes are more likely to develop a lingering odor, even after washing. To eliminate these odors, rewash them with half a cup of baking soda. Make sure to move them to the dryer as soon as the wash cycle is done to prevent any new bacteria from growing and causing odor again. You can also use vinegar for this, but be careful with activewear as it may harm some types of fabric.
Mend And Maintain
While you’re cleaning and sorting through the clothing you’ll be putting in storage, take time to examine each item for holes, missing buttons, loose threads, fabric pills, or severe wrinkles. Break out the sewing kit and stitch holes and replace buttons, remove loose threads and fabric pills, and have your iron at the ready to press out wrinkles. This will ensure that your clothing is in perfect condition to wear as soon as you unpack it next season.
Opt For Climate Control
Keep your clothes in a stable environment by storing them in a climate-controlled space. At Just Store It!, we offer climate-controlled storage units to prevent your items from getting too hot in the summer months or freezing during the winter. Climate control helps keep your clothing in better condition for longer, and prevents you from having to thaw your sweaters when you take them out of storage in the winter.
You don’t hear that suggestion much anymore, but choosing plastic storage bins over cardboard boxes will save your clothing and make finding the right boxes of clothes later much easier. This is because cardboard boxes can actually damage your more delicate clothing items over time, and cardboard is easier for bugs and other pests to get through and damage your clothing. Plastic, on the other hand, is more solid and gentler on your clothing. It’s also a good idea to use clear plastic bins because you’ll be able to see the contents inside of them.
Grab A Garment Bag
Speaking of delicate clothing, it’s a good idea to opt for a garment bag for more delicate or expensive clothing. Use cloth garment bags that let your clothing breathe and stay away from plastic garment bags. They can damage clothing while they’re being stored long-term. Remember to handle these items carefully at all times — in and out of the garment bag. Make sure that when you hang the garment bags that you’re using all the extra hanging loops on the clothing to help the item keep its shape and prevent wrinkling.
As you pack things away, make sure to label containers as you go. You can use a label maker, sticky notes, or a numbering system if that works for you. This will help keep you organized throughout the process, and you will be able to find things quickly regardless of whether or not your storage bins are clear.
Separate Your Leathers
If you’re storing leather clothing and accessories, it’s a good idea to apply a leather oil before packing them to keep them conditioned and protected while in storage. Keep them away from other fabrics and materials, though, because this oil can stain other items.
Ditch The Mothballs
If you’ve thoroughly cleaned your clothes and are sealing them in plastic storage bins, moths won’t be much of a problem. However, if you’re still worried about insects, opt for cedar balls or blocks instead. Cedar works just as well as mothballs, but are safer around children and pets and keep your clothing smelling fresh during long-term storage.
Support Your Shoes
If you’re planning on storing shoes, it’s a good idea to give them a little extra care before packing them away. Make sure your shoes are free of dirt and add a little baking soda to the insides of them to absorb any odor. If you’re storing tall shoes like boots, add reinforcement to help them keep their shape. You can use a shoe tree, foam rollers, and even magazines to accomplish this. Making sure your shoes keep their shape ensures that they stay in good condition for the time that they’re in storage.
Keep It Clean, Dark, And Dry
One top of being in a temperature-controlled environment, it’s important that the storage space you choose keeps your clothing clean, dark, and dry. A clean space will, well, keep your clothing and storage bins clean. Make sure your clothing won’t be exposed to any light, either. A dark environment will keep your clothing from fading (especially if they’re in the clear plastic bins we suggested) and also keep them a little bit cooler. Finally, a dry storage space will prevent mildew and insects.
At Just Store It!, we are committed to providing clean, secure, and convenient storage. We offer climate-controlled storage units as well, so you can store your seasonal clothing without worrying about damage or grime. If you’d like to reserve a storage unit for your seasonal clothing or other personal items, please contact us today!