Spring is finally here, and the best part is that you can finally hear, see and smell it!
It’s almost time to pack away bulky winter clothing (and fall attire too) to make room for spring and summer clothing.
We completely understand that most folks living in South Western Ontario are 100% done with winter at this point and are eagerly awaiting warmer weather. We also know from experience that they’re in a hurry to say goodbye to winter and cannot wait to remove all traces of it from their homes. This means tossing winter and fall clothing into bins or boxes or stuffing it into bags and closets before moving it somewhere they cannot see it. Out of sight, out of mind, right?!
Often this approach damages or ruins seasonal clothing over the stored period, which let’s be honest - sucks!
Storing seasonal clothing is not complicated. It just takes a little preparation and care to make sure that your clothing stays in the same condition it was before it was packed up and tucked away.
Here are 8 awesome tips for storing your seasonal clothing:
- Wash your clothes thoroughly before storing
- Stains, dirt, and dust will set into clothing overtime, making it much harder to remove down the line when you take the items out of storage.
- It’s important to wash everything, dry clean items that require it, and ensure everything is completely dry prior to putting into storage.
- Iron all appropriate items
- Just as stains will set in, so will wrinkles.
- To avoid permanent creasing and wrinkles that are very difficult to smooth out, iron everything so that it will come out of storage looking crisp and won’t require intense, and frequent ironing sessions.
- Don’t store clothing in plastic wrap or bags
- Plastic bags and plastic wrap trap in moisture.
- Even if your items are completely dry to the touch, they may still hold some humidity from the air which can wreak havoc on clothes in the sealed environment created by plastic wrap or bags.
- When looking to store clothes, it’s best to use boxes or bins that provide a little airflow.
- Do not hang items that may stretch
- In order to avoid packing clothes away in plastic, you may consider hanging items.
- This is a good idea for some clothing items, but NOT all.
- Sweaters and knit items can be ruined through hanging.
- As a general rule of thumb, any fabric that stretches or is a looser weave (i.e. knit items) can lose their shape if hung on a hanger, so it’s best to store these items in bins and boxes.
- Don’t use vacuum storage bags for long-term storage
- Vacuum storage bags can be great for saving space, especially with bulky seasonal clothes like winter coats and snow pants.
- However, these bags compress and squish clothing, and if these items are stored in that position for a long time, like more than a few months, they may not decompress and take the same shape they originally held.
- Clean and polish shoes before placing them in storage
- Just like with clothes, it’s important to clean off shoes before they go into storage.
- Once dirt and debris have been cleaned off, we suggest putting a protectant or polish on them to help deter dust and protect them from any damage.
- Consider using cedar balls, instead of moth balls
- When people think of storing clothing, moth balls often come to mind.
- Moth balls can be harmful to children and pets and can also be hard on your clothing.
- Cedar wood balls are a much better alternative, as they are safe to use with all fabrics, repel moths, mildew, and musty odours and they leave behind a fragrant aroma.
- Consider the storage environment your clothes will be in
- The best conditions for clothing storage can be described as cool, clean, dark and dry.
- Cooler environments tend to not have as much moisture in the air, leading to a dry environment.
- A dark environment helps protect clothes from fading.
Oh, and if you don’t have space at home to store your boxes or bins of seasonal clothing (or you don’t want to give up your precious space for this purpose), consider renting a self-storage unit from a local self-storage facility, like Storage Solutions. We offer affordable, flexible and secure self-storage unit rentals. And with a large variety of sizes, we're confident that we have the right sized storage unit for your seasonal storage needs. If you have any questions about using self-storage for your seasonal clothing, call, text or send us an email.
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