No matter how much space we have, it’s always limited. Storing seasonal items helps to keep us and our space functioning efficiently. Now that we’re heading into spring, storing winter clothes makes great sense – especially if you live somewhere with significant seasonal temperature swings. To help get you started, here are five tips for storing winter clothes from StayLock Storage.
1. Clean & Dry
If you plan to store your clothes, the most important thing you can do to care for them is to make sure they are clean and dry before storing them. Packing unwashed clothes can produce mold, mildew, and unpleasant stains and odors you won’t enjoy unpacking later. Make sure to dry your clothes thoroughly to avoid moisture that can attract pests. You may also want to consider a moth repellent like cedar blocks or lavender sachets to protect woolens.
Putting away unused items and clearing up living space can feel liberating, and it’s easy to get carried away. Before you start packing boxes, take a few minutes to organize everything. Group what you have by season and activity, pairing like items together. Be strategic about what you’re storing, and hang onto something if you know you’ll want it soon. Extra care now will save you headaches later.
3. Use the Right Containers
Treat your clothes well by investing in quality storage containers. Hard plastic bins make useful containers for clothing because they are easy to handle, they help to keep out moisture, and they stack well. In contrast, cardboard boxes do not protect against moisture, can attract pests, and may collapse. Vacuum-sealed bags, while they may save some space, can also create wrinkles, so consider carefully before using them. Lastly, fold things systematically, stacking the heaviest items at the bottom of your bins and lighter items at the top.
Storing your winter clothes can be a great solution for managing space, but you also want to be able to find what you’re looking for later on. Try using an inventory system to keep track of everything. Consider labeling your bins with a number and listing out the contents in a corresponding spreadsheet like Excel or Google Sheets. Alternatively, you might try using color-coded written labels on the bins themselves to keep everything organized. Whichever system you choose, an inventory can help you avoid guessing where to find your favorite items.
5. Store Smartly
Choosing where to store your clothes will be just as important as choosing how to store them. Think twice before storing in a garage or attic, where big temperature swings and moisture can cause problems. You’ll also want to avoid storing in areas where direct sunlight could fade your items. When storing clothing, try a climate-controlled self storage unit, where temperature and humidity levels are more consistent, surfaces are clean, and the risk of pests is minimized.
If you’re looking for a self storage unit, check out our StayLock location finder to identify the facility nearest you. Store smartly!