Most people underestimate the number of shoes they or their family members own.
Whether you’re a “shoe-aholic” with an impressive collection but limited closet space or someone transitioning into a smaller home, storage units are a great option to safely deposit these items for the short or long term.
Shoes are typically high-priced accessories that also tend to have emotional value. Understanding how to store shoes in a storage unit can help preserve your investment and ensure your beloved shoes last longer. You’ll also be able to get a better offer if you decide to resell new or gently used popular name brand pairs you acquired over the years.
Before we dive into some effective shoe storing strategies, it’s important to mention that choosing a climate-controlled facility should be top of mind. Shoes are susceptible to mold, especially those made of leather and suede. With the right temperature and moisture, however, you can avoid unpleasant surprises and keep your shoes damage-free.
How to Store Shoe in a Storage Unit
Different kinds of shoes require different types of care and protection, but the following are widely effective tips and tricks that will work for everyone:
- Start by cleaning shoes thoroughly. Most materials can be easily cleaned using a damp cloth or toothbrush and a combination of dishwashing liquid and warm water. Allow the shoes to air dry away, spray them with an anti-bacterial spray, and stuff them with wooden shoe horns or dry acid-free tissue paper. This is particularly important if you plan to store shoes for long-term storage and want your accessories to hold their shape. For short-term storage, consider a shoe tree.
- Next, carefully wrap your items. While old newspapers might work well for other items such as dishware, they will stain your shoes. Instead, opt for new packing paper plastic wrap, or clean paper towels to wrap our shoes for enhanced protection. Wrap shoes individually, adding an extra layer or a flannel bag to high-end shoes like expensive brand sneakers or fancy heels. If your sneakers carry a musty smell, try stuffing them with laundry dryer sheets. For “stubborn” winter salt stains on leather, patent leather, or faux leather shoes, mix equal parts of distilled white vinegar and cold water. Finish off by applying a leather conditioner.
- Lastly, organize shoes. The goal is to be able to easily find what you’re looking for. The simplest (and cheapest) way to do this is by using the initial cardboard packaging, however there’s a high risk the boxes won’t hold well when stacked up. A better method involves inexpensive clear shoe bins with adhesive labels. Make sure to place the lightest pairs at the top and the heaviest on the bottom.
Climate Controlled Storage Units
Most shoes, including leather shoes, require a storing environment of 60 to 70% ventilation and humidity. This is exactly what the climate-controlled storage units at Fairfax City Self Storage offer.
We constantly monitor the conditions in these units, so your shoes keep their integrity regardless of what happens outside the walls.
Choose from a wide range of units including 4x4x4 (locker-size) and 10×15 (similar to a two-to-three-bedroom apartment) either drive up, ground level, or second floor.
We also offer non-climate controlled units for other items you wish to store.
What makes our facilities so much more appealing to customers is the increased convenience. Sought-after features include:
- Complementary hand-carts, in addition to packing and moving supplies.
- 24-hour security and 24/7 keypad gate access via a central entry and exit point.
- A free moving truck for every unit you rent.
- Elevators in every building came in hand when moving heavy items.
- Auto LED lighting in every building and loading area.
Contact Us Today
Do you need help with selecting the right storage unit size? Contact us today or give us a call at (703) 978-1200 and we’ll work with you to find the best option.