Clothing Storage 101

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For those who have never tried storing their clothing seasonally, it can seem like just another thing on the list as the seasons change. Find Local Storage wants to share these tips on how beneficial storing items can be in keeping you organized as well as maximize your home’s space.

Benefits of Storing Your Clothing Off-Season

By storing your clothing, you come into physical contact with every article of clothing you owned. This means nothing can hide, not even that sweater your mother-in-law got you three birthdays ago. Going through this process helps you figure out what clothing is damaged beyond repair, what doesn’t fit, as well as what you haven’t been wearing.

Another benefit to using storage for your off-season clothing is that you’ll be able to use your closet for its actual purpose – hanging your clothes. Sometimes after folding and hanging your laundry you realize that you don’t even have enough room for everything to have a place. Don’t let the floor become your wardrobe’s temporary home – put what you’re not using in storage.

Using storage for your clothing will also make your wallet happy. We are creatures of habit – even when it comes to shopping. So going through your entire wardrobe can help you discover that maybe you don’t need another simple black dress – you already have three. Or maybe it’s time to buy a shirt that’s not the color blue. Either way, you’ll have the chance to mentally inventory your closet and figure out what you have and what you don’t.

How To Prepare Your Clothing For Storage

  1. The first thing you’re going to want to do is organize your clothing according to season. Pick out what clothes you are able to wear year-round, but keep a buffer so you won’t be stuck when temperatures fluctuate.
  1. The next step is to check the pockets of everything you have ready to store. It’s probably not in your best interest to keep that half eaten candy bar in a unit for a few months.
  1. Next, clean and completely dry everything. Check everything for stains because if an article of clothing gets stored with a stain it’s going to be even harder to get out next season — and could cause permanent damage.
  1. Although some items such as suit jackets are better off being hung, try to get everything else in lidded, stackable plastic storage. Hangers can manipulate clothing and cause damage, so folding is usually the better option. Not only will you be protecting your items, but you’ll be maximizing your storage space with stackable bins. Make sure to put a general label on the outside of each container so you they don’t get mixed up with the rest of your storage.

Items That Need Special Care

  • Leather and suede are two materials that need proper ventilation when stored. It’s a good idea to find a storage facility that offers climate controlled storage for these items.
  • Rayon material should be stored flat, and if it must be hung it should be covered with a white muslin cloth.
  • If linen is folded, it runs the risk of becoming permanently wrinkled or creased. By rolling the garment you can prevent this from happening.
  • No matter where you end up storing your wool garments, it’s a good idea to put cedar or lavender in as well. This can fend off anything that might try to damage the wool.

What to Do With All That Closet Space 

Now that you’ve relocated your off-season clothing, you’ve got all this closet space not being used to its full potential. For most people with small closet space, this is a foreign problem. Find Local Storage has compiled a list of helpful ways to get the most out of your closet space.

  1. Double up. If you find your closet lacking hanging space, maybe doubling up the hangers is an option. An easy way to do this is to take the tab off a can of pop and slide one of the openings over the neck of a hanger. Now you can use the other opening to place the second hanger. This trick can make a huge impact on how much space you have to hang your clothing.
  2.  Open the door to more space. Don’t forget about the storage that’s hiding from plain view. For example, placing hooks or rods on the back of your closet’s door provides a great place to hang jackets, coats, scarves and purses.
  1. Add some variety to your storage. It’s not all about hanging your clothes. Adding drawers and shelving to your closet will help you maximize your space. Many stores sell shelves that hang like any hanger would that can provide the perfect place to fold your sweaters, or organize your shoes.
  1. Speaking of shoes… Get them organized. This can give your closet just the facelift it needs. There’s nothing more frustrating than tripping over shoes, or not being able to find a complete pair. Try a DIY shoe rack made of wooden pallets or baskets. Stores sell a variety of organizational systems for shoes, and they’re worth investing in.

If you have never tried out seasonal storage before then we hope these tips will help you along the way. Be sure to visit our Find Local Storage website to find the perfect nearby storage unit to accommodate your needs. As the seasons change, let a storage facility be there to help keep your life efficient and organized.

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