Proper Ways To Store Clothes in A Storage Units

Proper Ways To Store Clothes in A Storage Units

Mon, Mar 22, 2021 11:46 PM

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You want your clothing to come out in the same condition they got in if you shop them with top-notch storage unit services. According to a group of fashion and storage experts to find out what works and what doesn't. We've compiled a list of ten-pointers to help you store your clothing like a pro.

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1. Make sure to wash them

Before bringing your belongings to a storage unit, make sure they're clean. It's about more than just avoiding strange odors. When you take your clothes out of storage, you want to be able to wear them right away. Mold and mildew thrive in dirty clothes, which is a death sentence for your clothes.

2. Don't Vacuum Pack

It's tempting to vacuum-pack your clothes to save space, but this is a bad idea. When we asked a storage specialist and a quality supervisor, what the fuss was about, she pointed out a few issues.

According to Miller, vacuum packing causes wrinkles and fabric damage because fabrics need air to breathe. “By removing the air, deterioration accelerates, causing your clothes to deteriorate.”

A vacuum packing, in other words, is a great no-no.

3. Don't Mix them

Putting different kinds of clothes in the same box is one of the most common clothing storage blunders. Throwing everything into the same box may be fast and easy, but it also increases the risk of damaging your clothes.

“To stay looking new and fresh, natural fibers need to breathe,” Miller explained. “Segment your clothes by fabric, and pay special attention to any delicate materials.”

There are still pragmatic reasons for this. Imagine how itchy your silk undies would be if you kept them in the same drawer as your wool sweaters. Oh, no.

4. When to hang and when to fold

Just like at home, you can hang or fold your clothing in your storage unit. You just don't want to fold your expensive blouses or hang your workout shirts on a hanger. The goal is for your clothes to look as good when it comes out of storage as it did when it went in.

Here are some items you most likely want to hang in a storage unit:

Blazers
Blouses
Button-ups
Dresses
ants
Easily wrinkled clothing

Here are some items you most likely want to fold (or roll) in a storage unit:

Baby clothes
Leggings
Pants
Stretchy clothing
Sweaters
T-shirts
Underwear
Workout clothes

5. Roll your clothing

Although it may be instinctive to fold your clothes, they will last longer in storage if you roll them. There are numerous advantages to rolling your clothes, according to Dave Bowden, a fashion writer at IrreverentGent.com.

“Folding is fine at home when you're going to wear something frequently,” Bowden explained, “but after months of storage, those folds could turn into creases that are difficult to remove.” “Rolling clothes take up more room in storage, but it is a much better option for the clothes.”

6. Put Heavier Clothes on the bottom

By storing heavy objects at the bottom of your storage box, you can extend the life of your clothes. Put the heavy winter dresses on the bottom of the box and the lovely, thin ones on top, for example, if you have a sweater box. This not only keeps your clothing from creases, but it also allows them to breathe. This is a good thing.

7. Plastic Bins

The best storage containers for clothing are usually plastic bins. Cardboard boxes are cheaper, but they also don’t protect your clothing from humidity or water damage. It's even worse if you use secondhand cardboard boxes because bacteria—or pests—could be present.

A plastic container, on the other hand, has none of these issues—especially if you choose the right one. Laurice Baldwin, a co-founder of the fashion blog ClothedUp, recommends plastic bins with snap-close lids that keep dust, germs, and water out.

8. Use Wardrobe boxes

Wardrobe boxes are ideal for storing clothes that would normally be kept in your closets, such as dresses and blazers, and the taller ones even include racks for hanging everything. Plastic containers without hanger racks are also available and are ideal for seasonal clothing such as winter coats and rain jackets. It all depends on which items of clothing are more important than others.

9. Use cedar chips

To keep bugs at bay, place cedar chips (also known as cedar balls) in your clothing storage containers. The last thing you want is to take your clothes out of storage and discover that they've been eaten by creepy insects.

“There's a good chance your clothes have been exposed to a moth infestation,” Move N' Go's Elisabeth Miller. “Cedar chips will keep pests at bay while also protecting your clothes.”

Cedar chips also have a better odor than conventional mothballs.

10. Make Sure to Get Insurance

Purchase clothes storage unit insurance in case something goes wrong (like a break-in, fire, or flood). You should probably get more insurance if your clothes are valuable. Most storage companies offer a variety of insurance plans from which to choose.

“It is usually very inexpensive. Miller said, "I paid about $10 a month to ensure a couple of thousand dollars worth of clothing." “Purchasing insurance can provide peace of mind, especially if you're storing valuable items.”

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