As the weather changes, you can make room for new, seasonal items in your closet by placing out-of-season items in a rental storage. But before packing your clothes away, it’s important you know how to store them to ensure that you can use them again next year. Should you use bins, boxes, or bags? Well, each storage system has its pros and cons. Keep reading to find out which one is best for you. Then, swing by Markham Mini Storage, the preferred storage company in Jackson, Tennessee, and get ready for autumn by snagging one of our cheap self storage units.
Plastic containers are probably the best thing you can pack your clothes in. They will inhibit the growth of mold and mildew by keeping your clothes dry and free of moisture. Furthermore, storage containers are durable, so you don’t have to worry about your clothes getting lost under piles of stuff.
If you decide to go with plastic storage bins, line the bottom with old and clean cotton sheets before placing your clothing inside. Do this especially if you plan on storing the clothing for an extended period of time as plastic boxes leach chemicals that, over time, could negatively affect your clothes.
You can also use clothing bags to store clothing. If you’re tight on space, there are many vacuum seal bags on the market. However, there is much debate about whether using vacuum sealed bags for clothing is actually detrimental to your garments. The thought behind this discussion is that natural fibers need air to retain their structure and integrity. When you vacuum seal and suck all of the air out, you compress the garments and the fibers. When the clothes are removed from these vacuum sealed bags, it takes a long time for the individual fibers to decompress.
Never use plastic bags (trash bags, T-shirt bags, etc.) to store clothing. These bags can trap moisture, leading to the formation of mold and mildew. Moisture can also stain your clothes yellow.
Cardboard boxes are the least efficient method for storing clothes. For starters, cardboard is absolutely irresistible to rats, mice, and other vermin, which can easily chew through a cardboard box. Secondly, cardboard absorbs moisture and provides little protection against the elements. That means that whatever the cardboard box absorbs, your clothing will also absorb. However, cardboard boxes are a viable option if they will be stored in a climate controlled environment.
Nevertheless, storage bins are the superior method of storing clothing in a storage rental. These have a large capacity, are impervious to liquids and dust, and can be neatly stacked for easy organization. Here are a few other tips for storing clothes in a storage unit rental.
Wash your clothes before storing.
Surface stains and dirt set in over time and will be difficult to remove when you finally do get your items out of storage. Furthermore, dirty clothes attract insects and other critters which can damage your clothes. Depending on how long the items are stored, you may not even have to rewash them before wearing. Be sure to store these items flat; never store clothing on a hanger to avoid stretching and distortion.
Say no to mothballs.
Storing clothes with mothballs is an antiquated practice. Not only do mothballs leave your clothes smelling funky, but they’re not entirely effective. Plus, they can be dangerous if a child or pet finds them. Natural wooden cedar balls are a lot more useful and smell much better. Just make sure that you don’t place them directly on top of the clothes.
Store clothing in a cool, dark, and dry place.
If possible, obtain a climate controlled storage unit. Ideally, clothing should be stored in an environment with a steady temperature, low relative humidity, filtered air, and low light in breathable bins, bags, and boxes. Wrap each item in acid-free tissue or muslin to further protect the article.