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How to Store Clothes in a Storage Unit

Fashion is a big part of our identity. The clothes we wear are sometimes expensive, but even the simplest t-shirt can be meaningful.

It can be necessary to store clothing when you don’t need certain pieces for a certain period of time.

There are many reasons to select storage your clothing:

  • Clothing storage is a great solution to create more closet space.
  • You can rotate out of season clothes to a separate storage space.
  • Clothes you may not wear but have sentimental value can be saved and kept in storage.

The storage experts at Fairfax City Self Storage can help you determine how to store clothes to keep your wardrobe preserved in a unit that protects your clothing and offers plenty of space. Let’s take a look at some easy storage tips for clothes that anyone can follow.

How to Store Clothes Long-Term

Tip #1: Wash Your Clothes

The simple act of throwing your clothes in the washing machine and properly drying them afterwards is one of the most important ways you can protect your clothing before placing it in storage. This will not only prevent odors, but also keeps mold, mildew, bacteria, and other forms of growth at bay.

Tip #2: Choose Protective Storage Supplies

Preventing moisture and keeping clothes safe from dirt, dust, and grime. These are just a couple of reasons to use protective storage supplies. Solutions include:

  • Plastic storage bins which are durable and provide a solid layer away from wetness and other potential nuisances like bugs.
  • Wardrobe boxes can help you determine how to store hanging clothes in a storage unit. Boxes are generally used for dresses, suits, jackets, and other pieces that aren’t normally folded.
  • Garment bags are usually made of cotton. They are made to be placed over your clothes and used with one of the above storage solutions (normally wardrobe boxes).
  • Moisture absorbers are small packets that can be placed with clothes to reduce dampness in the air, which can cause mold.

Pro-tips: Never keep your clothes in plastic bags, as these offer little to no protection. Additionally, avoid vacuum sealing your clothes, which causes permanent creases and wrinkling that will ultimately ruin your items.

Talk with our storage team about the best storage supplies for your needs.

Tip #3: Create an Inventory of Folded and Hanging Clothes

Select your storage supplies based on the types of clothing you have. It’s best to hang clothes that may wrinkle easily, but items that are less formal can be folded (or even rolled) to save space. T-shirts, underwear, sweaters, athletic wear, jeans or chinos, leggings, and socks are all clothes that can be packed away.

Make it easy to find what you are looking for when it’s time to take clothes out of storage. Label your items by using a marker and tape or create a color-coding system by season, individual, or however you can best keep track.

Tip #4: Air Out and Re-Hang/Re-Fold Your Clothing

If you plan to keep your clothes in storage for a long period of time, it’s best to give freshen them every year or so. Remove your clothes from hangers, bins, or boxes and give them some air. Then, hang and fold again. This is also a good time to see if you need to replace any garment bags or absorbers that have served their purpose.

Benefits of Temperature Controlled Self Storage

With a temperature controlled self storage unit, your clothes receive the best protection. Garments can be delicate, and you will want to keep expensive or sentimental pieces in the same condition they were in before they entered the storage unit. Temperature control keeps humidity to a minimum, even when temperatures outside fluctuate with the seasons. Fairfax City Self Storage keeps temperatures between 60-75 degrees throughout the year with minimal humidity, so your clothes avoid damage.

Contact Us Today

Keep your clothes in a space that is meant for their preservation so you can wear them when you want. At Fairfax City Self Storage, we have over 30 years of experience providing Fairfax, Virginia and beyond with quality storage solutions. Located just off the beltway, you will have access to a beautiful facility with a wide variety of unit sizes, state-of-the-art storage amenities, 24/7 security, no extra fees, and more. Store your clothes with us and secure your unit today! Contact us to get started or call (703) 978-1200 for more information.

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