Storing clothes is a simple way to create more usable space in your closet. Here are some tips on how to store your clothing:
- Marie Kondo Your Clothes – Rummage through your clothes. We tend to hold on to clothes that no longer fit, or we just stopped wearing it. If you haven’t worn it in a year, it’s time to purge! Instead of throwing them away, donate or trade in at a thrift store.
- Organize and Clean Clothes Before Storage – Sort clothes by season. While sorting empty out pockets and set aside clothes that need to be washed, dry cleaned, or repaired. The key word for storing any type of garment is, CLEAN!
- Choose the Right Container – Plastic, fabric or canvas bins are ideal for storing clothes because they are made of breathable material. Avoid using cardboard boxes, they can attract insects and provide no protection against moisture. Clear plastic bins are great because you can see what’s inside, although with these, you should store the bins in a dark place to avoid fading. If you want to use colored bins, label them on the outside.
- Keep Bugs and Moisture Out – Moisture and insects are the main issues when storing your clothes. Be sure your garments are 100% dry to avoid mold and mildew. It’s best to throw in moisture absorbers. Ensuring your clothes are clean, before storage, will deter bugs that are attracted to food residue. Moths like eating away and cashmere and wool, so to avoid those critters, use a moth repellent. Mothballs can be toxic and have a strong smell, instead use cedar or lavender.
- Save Space – Vacuum sealable storage bags are a great way to consolidate clothes and create more storage space. Just fold your items, place them in the bag, seal it and vacuum. (I love these for bulky items like comforters and jackets.)
- Find the Right Spot – The best location for storing clothes will be cool, dark, and dry. The attic or garage may not be ideal, depending on your climate, because of extreme heat. If using a basement, be sure the area isn’t susceptible to flooding or excessive moisture. Using bed risers can create storage space you didn’t even know you had, right underneath your bed!
If you find yourself without the right space to store your clothes, Contact Us! We offer seasonal storage and monthly storage.