When storing your clothes it may seem as easy as packing them up and tossing them into the storage unit. However, that is not the case if you want your clothes to stay in good shape for years to come. From baby clothes to seasonal clothing, it’s necessary to store them in the proper way when it comes to folding, the type of container, and ideal storage conditions. This blog from Ample Storage is here to offer some expert advice on how to store clothes in a storage unit.
Get rid of clothing you know you won’t need
When you’re getting ready to store clothing, it’s obvious that the clothes you are going to store aren’t going to be used in the near future, but there may also be some that you definitely will not be needing anymore. Look for those clothes you know you haven’t worn in months and throw them in a pile to sell or donate at your local Goodwill. Keep an eye for anything ripped, stained, or clothes that don’t fit anymore to reduce the amount that will eventually be put in the storage unit.
Before you even start packing up your clothes make sure that everything is washed and properly dried. Dirty and damp clothes can allow mildew and mold to grow and start to smell awful if left untreated. Stains from food can also attract rodents and insects that can destroy your clothes if they happen to get in.
Don’t use cardboard or plastic bags for storage
While it may be easier to use old cardboard boxes or plastic bags, it’s not ideal for storing clothes. Cardboard and plastic are vulnerable to water damage, bacteria, mold, or pests that will ruin your clothes. We recommend using plastic bins that can be closed shut for protection.
Alternatives to mothballs
Mothballs have been the most popular choice to deter pests and insects from storage units, but there are a few different less toxic and less pungent alternatives to use as mothballs are very toxic. Try a few of these mothball alternatives:
- Lavender satchels
- Cedar chips and blocks
Repack every few years
If your clothes will be left in your storage unit for multiple years, it’s a good idea to go back through and repack and refold them every year or so. Over multiple years, your clothes are prone to permanent creasing and wrinkling. You can also use this chance to check for any water damage, insects, or pests in your unit or clothes.
Here at Ample Storage, we take pride in being able to spread our knowledge to our customers, and hopefully, this blog has offered some insight into how to store your clothes in a storage unit for your clothes to last. As usual, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns!