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Storing Seasonal Clothes

March 15, 2019

Summer means dresses and sandals. Winter, unfortunately, doesn’t!

For many months of the year you’ll be opting for warm and cozy instead of cool and floral. So, why keep out-of-season stuff cluttering up your wardrobe? Not the best use of space.

Reclaim your wardrobe and store what’s not in use. Here’s all you need to know on how to store your clothes like a pro!

What’ll you need:

– Airtight plastic containers or suitcases
– Acid-free tissue paper
– Cotton garment bags
– Cedar balls
– Laundry drying sheets or sachets of lavender

What to do:

Wash, wash, wash

Clean before you store! Have a washing day before you start packing up your clothes.

This will really help to protect your items while in storage. You don’t want to pull out your favorite halter neck in a few months’ time, only to find it stained – or worse – moth eaten. Don’t forget to clean and polish shoes too!

Properly Pack it

Vacuum plastic bags are ok for short periods – they’re great at reducing the overall volume of garments, but airless plastic is not great in the long term.

For everyday garments, your best options are plastic containers with airtight lids or suitcases lined with acid-free tissue paper.

Don’t overfill though – loosely fold and pack your clothes so there is still room for air to circulate. For delicate items (silk, merino wool, cashmere) you’ll need to be more careful.

Wrap these pieces in acid-free tissue paper and place in thick cotton storage bags. Heaviest items at the bottom, and don’t cram too much in.

If you’re using specially designed wardrobe boxes – make sure you hang clothes using all loops to keep the garment’s structure.

If your storing clothes for a while – avoid hanging jumpers and delicates as they can become misshapen overtime. Fill shoes and boots with paper so that they keep their shape as well.

 

Say No to mothballs!

Cedar balls! Adding Cedar balls to your stored clothes will help to repel moths and insects. A natural and pleasant-smelling alternative to traditional toxic mothballs.

Freshness! Layering laundry drying sheets or sachets of lavender between your clothes, will help to keep a fresh scent in your fabrics, so they don’t have a bad odor when it’s time to unpack.

Think Cool…

For storage think cool, clean, dark and dry. This will prevent fading and spoiling over time and keeps everything in tip-top condition.  Remember to do the switch each season – pack up winter clothes in garment bags so there’s plenty of room in your wardrobe for displaying your summer chic again.

You can use cupboards or under the bed for storage, but to fully declutter and achieve a serene bedroom – a storage unit is a perfect spot for your clothes while in seasonal hibernation.

If you’ve never used self storage before, don’t fret!  Small units are perfect for storing clothes and seasonal items to keep your bedroom and your closet free of clutter.

Contact Cochrane Road Self Storage to help you store away your seasonal clothing the right way and help you choose the perfect self storage unit to “suit” your needs.

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