In the UK, temperatures range from below freezing to 30 degrees Celsius, depending on the season. As a result, we usually bring certain items of clothing out from storage as the seasons change. For example, many of us will have a selection of spring and summer clothes that we unearth when the weather starts to warm up around April. Then, when the weather starts to cool in early October, we trade dresses, shorts, t-shirts and sandals for coats, jumpers, hats, scarves and boots.With such a wide weather range, Brits tend to have a lot of clothing lying around throughout the year that they don’t wear. So naturally, many of us struggle to fit all of our clothing in our homes. Some resort to stuffing bags of clothes under the bed or stashing items away haphazardly in any available cupboard space they can find. Storing clothes in this way can lead to damaged items, either from bugs or mould if your house gets damp. To try and tackle the problem, many will also have harsh clear-out sessions, where they have to force themselves to throw away or donate clothes because their wardrobe and drawers are simply too full. However, by putting clothes into storage, you don’t need to make the painful decision to throw items away. Instead, you simply put them into storage during the months that you don’t need them and retrieve them when the weather changes. It’s best to make sure that your clothes are in good condition when you put them into storage. So we’ve put together a list of ideas to keep your clothing in good condition when it’s in storage.
Wash Clothing Properly
Before you put your clothes into storage, you need to make sure that you’ve cleaned them thoroughly. Whether you put them in the washing machine or take them to your local dry cleaner, you must ensure that your clothes are properly clean before putting them into storage. Save your future self the stress and hassle of dealing with your dirty clothes when they are returned, as they will only get worse whilst in storage! Also, deodorant and perfume can stain clothes over time, so washing substances out of clothes before they are put into storage is essential if they are to remain in good condition.
Have a Clear Out
We know it can be a painful task to throw away clothes, but hear us out. A good rule to follow is that if you haven’t worn something in over a year, it’s unlikely that you’ll wear it again. However, if you’re unsure, we’d recommend storing your clothes until they might be needed. Maybe you’re saving an item of clothing that you’re hoping to fit into one day, or you think you’ll wear that statement dress again, but you’re not sure at the moment. Additionally, if items of clothing are damaged, throw them away. We know it can be hard to say goodbye to clothes you once loved, but a clear out feels really refreshing!
Repair Damaged Clothes
If you’ve got damaged clothes that you can’t bring yourself to throw away, repair them before they go into storage. Reattaching buttons and sewing up small holes aren’t particularly time-consuming tasks, but it’s still best to do them before your clothes are put into storage to save yourself a job later. Your future self will thank you!
Keep Delicate Clothes in Boxes
If you are planning to store items for a long time, don’t pack them into vacuum-sealed bags. While vacuum sealed storage bags have a lot of advantages, items made from wool or silk do not fair well inside them for long periods. However, a vacuum-sealed bag is fine if you’re only storing wool and silk items for a few weeks. Any longer, and you should store items in good quality boxes instead.
Create a Labelling System
Suppose you’re putting a lot of clothing into storage. In that case, you might want to consider a labelling system so you can easily find certain items. Place labels on your boxes so you can locate items quickly and easily. Alternatively, if you’re really organised, you could create an inventory list that identifies all the clothes you’ve put into storage. That way, you’ll know you haven’t lost them.
There is no need to iron clothes before putting them into storage. Your items will be folded neatly into boxes, and, over time, creases will naturally develop. So save yourself a job now and iron your clothes when you take them out of storage.
Pack Your Clothes Carefully
To ensure items do not get damaged, you must pack your clothes carefully. For example, place heavy items such as shoes and bags at the bottom of the box and keep lighter items near the top of the box. To maximise space, make sure your clothing is folded neatly. Shoving items into the box haphazardly will mean you can fit fewer clothes in each box. However, do not overfill your box as this could cause it to break.
Store Clothes in the Right Place
To ensure that your items are not damaged, you will need to store them in a dark, cool and dry environment. Thankfully, once boxed and collected, the LOVESPACE storage facilities are temperature-controlled and dry.
Store Seasonal Accessories
If you’re a person who likes to accessorise outfits with matching bags, shoes, gloves, hats and scarves, you may find that these items take up a lot of space in your home when they’re out of season. So instead of leaving them lying around unused for several months, put accessories into storage with your other clothes.
By-The-Box Clothes Storage
By following these 8 steps, you can feel confident that your clothes will remain in the best possible condition while in storage. But which storage option should you choose? LOVESPACE’s by-the-box storage solution is perfect for clothing. With our by-the-box storage service, you put clothing into storage without ever leaving your house. First, we come directly to your doorstep to collect your packed items. Then, we carefully transport them to our secure storage facility, which is monitored by 24/7 CCTV, where they will remain until you need them back. When you decide that you want your items back, simply contact us, and we’ll arrange for them to be delivered to the mainland UK address of your choice. It’s that simple!
Need To Purchase High-Quality Packing Materials?
Before you put your items into storage, you need to ensure that they’re packed into good quality boxes so your items don’t get damaged. LOVESPACE offers high-quality packing materials, giving you peace of mind that your items will remain in good condition whilst they’re in storage. We recommend using our environmentally-friendly reusable folding storage boxes for clothes and shoes.