Clothes are just one of the many types of belongings that we safely store at Flexible Storage Solutions. From seasonal attire to baby clothes to business stock, our customers store their clothes in our self storage units for a variety of reasons.
But not everyone is aware of the advantages of using a storage facility to store their clothing. Instead, many people stuff their excess clothing into their attics, garages or already bulging wardrobes, which, as well as being prone to mould and insect damage, can take up a great deal of space that could be put to better use.
In this post, we’ll explore the various ways you could benefit from storing your clothing in a storage facility, as well as provide you with some expert tips on the best ways to store your clothing in a storage unit.
So, why might you need to store clothes?
- Space saving – let’s face it; the majority of us have more clothes than we need or will probably ever wear. In fact, a recent study claims that the average person only wears about 50% of their wardrobe. When you think about how precious our domestic space is nowadays – especially if you live in London and the South East – it seems criminal to waste it on clothes we’re never going to wear anyway. This doesn’t mean that you should throw everything out, just that you should consider storing it somewhere where it will be safe and accessible. A self storage unit can provide that security and help keep your home clutter free.
- Preservation – our clothes can be some of our most treasured and costly belongings. From haute couture to vintage items to sentimental garments, many clothes need to be looked after properly to prevent damage and decay. This is especially the case for seasonal clothing, when items need to be stored for months on end. Many of us have had the experience of eagerly digging out their favourite winter jumper, only to find it riddled with moth holes or covered in mould. A storage unit provides you with the space and resources to ensure your favourite items are as safely stored as can be.
- Business – it’s not just personal storage customers who can benefit from clothing storage units, many small clothes businesses are waking up to the benefits too. With rental costs significantly lower than traditional office rates and the relative ease of expanding operations with demand and the seasons, storage units are perfect for growing clothing businesses. Similarly, many theatre productions and costume companies take advantage of the flexibility offered by storage facilities, helping to keep costs down and their operation adaptable.
How to preserve clothes in storage
- Have a clear out – use this opportunity to go through all of your clothes to see what items you actually wear and what items are just collecting dust. Try to be as strict as you can. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn a piece in the past year, you probably won’t wear it again. Donate as much as you can to friends, family and charities. De-clutter your home and do a good deed – it’s a win-win for everyone!
- Wash and fully dry your clothes – before you start packing up your clothes, make sure they are clean and FULLY dry. Any moisture will quickly develop a damp smell and attract mould once your clothes are stored. Ironing is normally unnecessary but having items dry-cleaned is recommended as they are guaranteed to be clean, dry and protected with plastic coverings that are great for storage.
- Pack properly – when packing clothing into storage boxes, remember to put heavier items at the bottom and lighter items at the top. Rolling clothes can often optimise space but don’t over pack boxes as your clothes may lose their shape and severely crease. While some have recommended vacuum sealing clothes in the past, the industry consensus today is that the lack of air inside the vacuum bag can damage clothing fibres as well as trap in moisture.
- Keep an inventory – whatever clothing you decide to put into storage, make sure you keep an inventory of what you have actually packed. This should include labelling the contents of each box, as well as a written list itemising everything that you’ve packed. This will make things a great deal easier when you want to retrieve a particular item of clothing in the future.
How can Flexible Storage help?
When storing your clothes or clothing stock for the long term, you’ll want to ensure that they are preserved in the best possible storage space. As well as being secure and accessible, you’ll want a clothes storage unit that is cost-effective too.
That’s where we can help! At Flexible Storage, we have a variety of clothing storage solutions to choose from. From specialist storage materials such as reinforced storage boxes and packing tape, to water and fireproof storage units, we can help home and business customers of every size, all at a competitive price.
Get in touch with our friendly team to discuss your clothing storage options today.