Shoe storage can be tricky and inefficient. (Photobac/

By Laura Gee, Content and Social Media Manager,

Storing clothes is something that most people go through at one point in time or another. Whether you store them in an attic or at a local self storage facility, you need to take a few precautions when putting your clothes away. Lots of factors come into play when you’re putting away clothing that you don’t intend on using in the near future. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to protect your clothes when you go to put them away:

When using wardrobe boxes for clothing storage, fill the bottom of the box with your shoes to use up the whole space. (Photobac/

Assess Length of Storage Time

Figuring out how long you’re going to be keeping your clothes in storage is an important first step because it dictates a few other things later down the packing process. If you’re just doing seasonal storage, like putting away your sweaters until winter, there is less to worry about than if you’re packing up clothes to be put away for years at a time. Seasonal storage is easier to handle because you don’t have to worry as much about what wear and tear might occur based on your storage choices since it will only be for a few months. Only delicate items need special attention for short term clothing storage.

How to Store

If you’re using short term storage, then your options are greater for you. You can use wardrobe boxes and keep a lot of your clothes hung while filling the bottom of the box with your seasonal shoes that go with the clothes. Putting clothing in clear plastic bins works well too for short term storage so long as all of the moisture has been removed first.

If you’re using long term storage, then you will want to neatly fold down all of your clothes and put them in boxes or properly sealed containers. Leaving clothes hung for long periods of time can put stress on seams and put dents into the shoulders of clothing.

Stay Fresh

The musty smell clothing gets is mold and mildew. That horrid smell is avoidable. Don’t put any clothes into a storage container that are even slightly moist or damp. You want to remove as many opportunities for moisture to build up as possible. Items will not dry when you put them in clothing storage (eh, it might, but tell yourself it won’t and that it’ll cause a big mess). Also, you can also put a dryer sheet in each box and storage container to help keep clothes smelling fresh (but still remove all moisture possibilities).

Use Professionals

For items like wedding dresses and military uniforms, seek out professional help for clothing storage help. They will help properly clean the garment first and point you in the direction of a good storage container for you. It is a good idea to have all clothes washed and dried one more time before putting them away, but this is especially important for nicer clothes.

Clothing storage is common and can be easy to manage as long as you stay on a good plan. Essentially, you need to worry about musty smells occurring and what damage can be done to your clothes over time by your choices of how to store them. Sunlight, humidity, wire hangers…lots of things can impact your clothing. If you’re taking the time to put them in storage, take a little more time to be sure you’re putting them in storage properly.