Hesitant about storing clothing? It doesn’t have to be scary! Cleaning out your closet, whether for season changes or moving, doesn’t mean you to have get rid of your clothing. Storage can be an extension of your closet. Here are some tips for protecting your clothing in storage.
Tips for Storing Clothing:
Wash or dry clean all clothing and jackets before storing. Dirt, oils, perfumes or stains on unclean clothing will attract many insects, especially in high temperatures.
Store clothes in an airtight container or bin. Throw in some cedar wood blocks or lavender to keep moths and insects away from snacking on your clothes.
Get a Temperature controlled Unit if available at your storage facility for some type of fabrics. For items made of leathers, suede, or furs, they need a consistent temperature to keep them from being ruined while in storage. A constant flux in temperature will cause these items to become cracked and damaged. Fur needs constant 50˚F temperatures and 50% humidity to maintain the proper moisture levels.
Do not hang knit items. They can be misshaped and stretched beyond repair. Store knit items by folding them.
If storing socks, do not keep them rolled. This will lose the elasticity. Instead, store them by laying them flat then folding them in half.