By Molly Hammond, USstoragesearch.com
Summer is winding down, which means it’s almost time to trade in tank tops for turtlenecks. But the trouble with transitioning your wardrobe from season to season is finding a place to keep your off-season wardrobe that’s clean, organized, and not the floor of your closet. Well, a mini storage unit is the perfect solution—it’s like the walk-in closet you’ve always wanted!
When you’re looking for the perfect home-away-from-home for your clothes, there are just a few things to keep in mind.
Find the Right Storage Features
Different storage facilities offer different accommodations for their renters, and some (like climate control) are must-haves when storing clothing. Others simply offer another level of convenience to renters. Once you’ve found a facility near you, you’ll want to snag a unit that has all the features you need.
- Good Accessibility: If you live in an area that’s prone to unpredictable weather, you’ll want to consider when your unit will be accessible to you. Some facilities have 24-hour-access while some are only open to renters during normal business hours. If you think a sudden warm snap might warrant getting shorts and sundresses out of your unit, you’ll want facility access hours to be convenient.
- Climate-Controlled Storage: Climate control is a necessity when storing clothes. A unit without climate control is subject to huge fluctuations in both temperature and humidity, both of which can cause mold and unpleasant odors to develop in fabrics, no matter how clean they are.
- Additional Security: Self storage is a safe way to store belongings, but if you’re particularly nervous about being away from your wardrobe, a facility with a little extra security can provide peace of mind. Whether it’s individually-alarmed units, a gate that only renters have access to, or security cameras, these extra measures are likely to deter thieves from breaking in to your unit.
Generally, these amenities will come at an extra cost in your monthly rent. But since your clothing is likely to fit in a 5×5 or 5×10 unit (the smallest, most affordable units), you should be able to get what you need.
Pack Your Clothing Properly for Storage
The best storage unit in the world won’t keep your clothes pristine if you don’t prepare them well beforehand. Fortunately, prepping clothing to be stored for the winter is really easy, as long you know these dos and don’ts.
- Clean clothes thoroughly before putting them in storage. Smells that don’t seem bad at the time of storage will just be amplified by months spent without use.
- Pack clothing in plastic tubs rather than boxes. Mice and insects like cardboard, and they’ll chew right through it to nest in your clothing. Plus, these kinds of tubs seal tightly and stack like a dream!
- Consider bringing a set of shelves into your unit. It’s an efficient way to use your space and organize. You can even roll in a rack for hanging clothes if you’d like to hang items up in your unit.
- Store clothes in plastic bags. Whether it’s a trash bag or a bag you got from a dry cleaner, it’s not meant to cover your clothes for long periods of time. The chemicals in plastic can leach out into fabrics over time, too, making them smell musty at best and turning them yellow at worst.
- Store clothes on wooden or wire hangers. Over time, these kinds of hangers will stretch clothes out and leave them ill-fitting or unwearable. Instead, use plastic or padded hangers, which keep the shape of the garment without giving you saggy shoulders.
- Forget to organize. It’ll probably be time for shorts again before it’s time for a bikini. Put similar garments together so that you can grab the tubs you need when it’s time to break out the summer clothes again.
It can be tough to say goodbye to your favorite summer duds, but knowing how to store summer clothes for winter will ensure they remain in great shape for next summer!