Storage Tips

October 12th, 2021

Finally, it’s time to break out your spring and summer clothing. Warm weather means you can safety tuck away your sweaters and jackets for another year but, what will you do with closets overflowing with winter clothing? Unable to part with them, you’ll likely stuff them into whatever space you can find whether it’s the attic, garage, basement or hall closet. 
This dilemma is all too real for most of us. Though it’s natural to want to keep all our belongings regardless of how overcrowded our space becomes, it would be a lot easier if we had an extra room or two. Here’s the thing about self-storage – it’s a safe, economical solution for getting the extra space you need to store everything safely under one roof, just like home. Units are available in sizes as small as closets and as large as oversized garages. The bonus is that you’ll free up your closet for a new, spring wardrobe or at the very least, have a more organized space. 
The best way to store winter clothes
There are three important things to remember before placing your winter clothes into storage to ensure they remain in their best condition. Pack with care, use appropriate storage containers and determine which items require special handling. Here are a few tips and storage ideas for winter clothes.
  • Packing winter clothing – Everyday winter wear from sweaters, to coats can be kept in storage with very little worry. Textiles such as leather, cashmere, mohair or wool will require special handling. To ensure everything remains damage free while they’re stored, check the label. It’s your first clue on how to pack them away, then do a little research and ask your dry cleaner for instructions on storing garments that require special care. Remember, hanging items may make them lose their shape so, folding is recommended for sweaters, jackets and even items made from the fibers mentioned above. 
  • Packing winter shoes and boots – Shoes will need to be packed separately, and for seasonal storage, should also be cleaned, wrapped individually, and stuffed with extra paper or acid-free cardboard to retain their shape. Shoe organizers, racks or storage boxes made specifically for shoes are your best bet but, plastic bins work great, too. Because leather boots and shoes are prone to crack and crease from age and moisture, take extra care by using acid-free cardboard and stuff the neck of the boot all the way to the top. 
  • Storage containers – Acid-free paper and plastic containers or bags, are amazing little investments that will go a long way in keeping your belongings in their best condition. Plastic containers are the best kind of storage for clothing since they seal off moisture the best. Cardboard boxes tend to attract insects and are not moisture resistant. Before folding you garments made from leather, wool, cashmere or mohair, wrap them in acid-free tissue paper and place them in a well-sealed, plastic box to prevent moisture. Acid-free tissue paper adds an extra layer of damage protection. It will prevent cracking and creasing of leather goods, as well as ward off moths and other insects.  
  • Inspect items before storage – Ensure that all clothing has been properly cleaned – whether dry cleaned or laundered – and, have completely dried before storing. Remove stains, patch up holes, and inspect the pockets before storing them away. You’ll want to make sure that your garments are free of hidden metal since humidity could cause the metal to rust, staining the material.
  • Plan ahead – Decide what goes into each storage container and make note of which containers are the heaviest. Heavy boxes should go in first and be placed on the floor of the unit. The lighter boxes can then be stacked on top. Remember to label all your containers, and if you have a camera phone, take a snapshot of all your items before stashing them away so, you’ll have a quick reference of what’s in each box.  
The advantage of climate-control for storing winter clothing
Climate-controlled units are the best option for storing items sensitive to extreme temperatures and humidity such as leather, fur, silk, jewelry, art, appliances, electronics or wood furniture. It regulates the temperature inside your unit. 
When storing winter clothing, you may want to consider a climate-controlled unit. When temperatures fluctuate between hot and cold, there is a risk of condensation which can cause mold and mildew but, since the temperature in a climate-controlled unit is regulated, extreme temperature fluctuations are prevented. Go through your garments before you reserve a unit, check the labels beforehand and separate the clothing that is the most sensitive to humidity and at risk of being damaged. This well help determine whether a climate-controlled is needed. 
As warm weather approaches and you begin spring cleaning, add your closet to the list. For all the winter clothing you can’t part with, self-storage is perfect for keeping them damage-free and neatly organized, all season long – better than your attic, garage or hall closet. Find a Key Storage location near you and ask our storage experts about climate-controlled units.  

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