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How to Prepare Your Clothes for Storage

09 February 2018

Are your clothes taking over your life? Has your partner’s patience worn out? You’ve relented and said you’ll do something about it but, of course, you can’t throw them away. Who knows when you might want them again and when some may come back into fashion. Maybe clothes storage from SureStore is for you.

We’ve come up with a guide to help you store your items of clothes in the best way to preserve them with our personal storage solutions. This way, you’ll have the correct clothes for each season close to hand, and not the clothes you won’t wear clogging up your drawers and wardrobe.

Get rid of old clothes and make an inventory

Before you start, you should make a good effort to get rid of as many items as you can. This is easier said than done. Eliminating the clothes you don’t need will help you further down the line. If they’re stained or getting thin, bin them; If they’re slightly too small, consider sending them to a charity shop or passing them on to someone else.

Once you’ve done that, make an inventory of the remaining items. This is to help you once you’ve put the clothes in storage. There will almost definitely be a time when you’ll be looking for an item and trying to remember whether you got rid of it or stored it. The inventory should guide you to where it is, so you can find the item of clothing quickly.

Mend and wash clothes

Now you have your must-keep clothes, get them ready by sewing any holes or correcting any faults, that way you can wear them as soon as you take them out of storage.

The best idea is to have the clothes cleaned before placing them away; preferably professionally cleaned to ensure that the items are dry before storing. For items like jackets, coats and shoes, try taking extra care. Consider dry cleaning and polishing the shoes to get them into the best possible condition before storing.

Plastic boxes, vacuum bags & cedar balls

Depending on the types of garments, you may want to try different packing containers. See-through plastic boxes are generally the preferred choice, especially for regular items like t-shirts, jeans and jumpers.

For items such as suits and dresses, especially special ones like wedding and bridesmaid dresses, a vacuum bag will be a worthy investment. These bags allow you to use a vacuum to suck the air out of the bag. This means the garment can be folded neatly and if you’d like, as small as you need.

Storage

Choose the storage location carefully. Somewhere away from the light in a cool, dry place is best. If your collection of clothes exceeds the space you have available in your home, consider a storage unit with 24/7 access. We can provide various units in different sizes, so you won’t need to spend extra money on a unit that is too big for what you need.

If you live in the North West of England, SureStore can help. We have various sites across the region, including Bolton, Cannock, and Burton-on-Trent, with more opening in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and elsewhere soon. Talk to one of our experts about how we can keep your possessions safe and secure by contacting us via our website.

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