How to Prepare Clothing and Furs for Self-Storage
As seasons change, a lot of things change with it and your wardrobe is one of them. Unless you have lots of space at home for all your clothes for every season, the best way to keep the ones that you will not be using for the current weather is to put them into self-storage. Here are a few steps to guide you when preparing your seasonal clothes for storage.
Get Things Sorted
If you have not yet decluttered your closet, this is a good time to do it. Start from one end of your closet, sorting out items into three piles: one for clothes that you have not worn in a year, which you should either give away or donate; the second pile for those that you would like to throw away; and the third pile for those items from another season that you will be keeping in your self-storage unit.
Wash and Condition
After you have finished packing the clothes that you want to give away in boxes ready to drop off, make sure that you wash the clothes that you intend to keep in storage and allow them to dry well. It is important to ensure that your clothes are completely dry before you put them in storage so that mold or mildew does not develop on them. In addition, clean clothes are less likely to attract bugs. After that, condition them with fabric conditioner to protect and keep these clothes smelling fresh until the next time that you need them.
Use Boxes or Plastic Containers
Use box or plastic containers not plastic bags, as these may attract and retain moisture forming mold or mildew which would eventually damage your clothing. Add some cedar chips into each container or box to keep bugs out.
Roll Them Up
When packing your clothes, it is best to roll up them up. Doing this helps avoid the deep wrinkles and fold lines that may form when your clothes are stored for a long period of time.
Protect Delicate Items
Some clothing items such as those that are made of silk, satin, cashmere, fur, and other sensitive fabrics are particularly delicate. Protect these by wrapping them in packing tissue before packing them inside a box. Cover each box with a layer of tissue before placing the lid over it to avoid having a layer of dust over your clothes when you retrieve them.
Air It Out
Make time to stop by the self-storage unit every once in a while and air it. This will help ensure that there are no mold and mildew formations and that your clothes smell good.
Some pieces of clothing such as trench coats and leather jackets are better stored upright rather than rolled, so it is recommended that these items are stored in wardrobe boxes which are long enough to accommodate long dresses and coats, with a short rail at the top so that clothes can be hung and stored upright.
For more guidance on self-storage, call us at (330) 875-4237 or (330) 875-8030.