Self-storage has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. It’s a great way to free up space in your home without having to get rid of your belongings. One great use for self-storage is for storing clothes. Whether you have a small wardrobe, a growing family, or just too many clothes, self-storage can be a great solution. Here are some tips on using self-storage for clothes:
Clean and Dry Your Clothes
Before packing your clothes for storage, make sure they're clean and completely dry. Any moisture left in the clothes can promote mould growth and damage the fabric. Wash and dry your clothes thoroughly before storing them in your unit.
Sort and Organise Your Clothes Before Storing
Once your clothes are thoroughly clean and dry, take the time to sort and organise them - this will make it easier to find what you need at a later date. Separate your clothes by season, type (e.g., shirts, trousers, dresses), and size. This will also help you determine what size storage unit you will need.
Use Vacuum and Garment Bags
To keep your clothes protected while in storage, use garment and/or vacuum bags. Garment bags are ideal for hanging clothes, such as suits, dresses, and coats. Be sure to use hangers that won't leave marks or creases on the fabric. Vacuum bags are great for folded clothes, such as sweaters, t-shirts, and jeans. All the air is removed, compacting the space your clothes will take up and protecting them from any potential dust or moisture.
Avoid storing your clothes in plastic carrier bags, as this can trap moisture and promote mould growth.
Label your garment and/or vacuum bags with the contents and the date they were packed. This can help you find specific items easily when you need them and help keep track of how long your clothes have been in storage.
If you’re using breathable garment bags, use desiccants such as silica gel packs. Placing one of these inside with your clothes, will help to absorb any moisture left behind.
Check on Your Clothes
Check on your clothes periodically to ensure they're still in good condition. This can also give you an opportunity to air out the container and replace the desiccants if necessary.
In conclusion then, storing clothes in a self-storage unit can be a practical solution for your short or long-term storage requirements. However, it's vitally important to take proper precautions to ensure that your clothes stay in good condition. Clean and thoroughly dry your clothes, use appropriate bags, label them, use desiccants, and check on them periodically. By following these tips, you can store your clothes in one of our units with complete peace of mind.