Got so many clothes you don't know what to do with them? Going travelling and can't take your entire wardrobe with you? Keeping your clothes in a storage locker is a great solution. You won't have to get rid of any items you're sure you'll wear again, but you won't have to worry about travelling with more than you need, either.
In the future, when you have more room or a more stable living situation, you can take everything out of storage. However, you'll want to make sure that you don't get a nasty suprise when you do. Clothes that aren't stored correctly are easily ruined, so make sure you follow the tips below.
Wash and iron your clothes
Putting dirty clothes into storage is a big no-no, even if you think, "I'll just wash them as soon as I collect them." Stains can become deeply embedded into clothing over time, making them almost impossible to get out. Dirty clothes are also more susceptible to mold and mildew, and can attract insects and pests - yuck. By washing, drying and ironing your clothes before storing them, you can be reassured that they'll be ready to wear the moment you take them out.
Consider vacuum sealing
Vacuum sealing is a great way to fit more clothes into a small space, saving you money on storage, However, there is a small risk that by compressing the fibres of your clothes, you're damaging them. To be on the safe side, avoid vacuum sealing anything that's particularly delicate, expensive, or high in sentimental value. For casual clothes that you aren't too bothered about, vacuum seal away.
Choose air tight containers
Bin bags, cardboard boxes and plastic bags are not suitable for storing your clothes. They can allow moisture to enter, which causes damp and mildew and could render your clothes unwearable. Instead, choose clean, dry, airtight plastic boxes. Line the boxes with cotton, and insert sheets of tissue paper between garments to keep everything safe and dry.
Use natural mothballs
Mothballs are pretty gross. They smell bad, and can release dangerous chemicals. Keep moths at bay using natural cedar wood balls instead, and your clothes should stay fresh and clean, with no mustiness, damage or mildew. Nobody wants to take their favorite dress out of storage to find it full of holes, so don't skip this step.
Putting your clothes in storage is a great way to make some space - just make sure you pack them correctly to avoid damage.