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An easy way to clean out your closet is to donate your old clothes. But not everything is so easily parted with: your wedding dress, uniforms, winter gear. When you just have to keep something, where can you put it? A self-storage unit is a great place to store excess clothing! But for best results, there are some best practices for ensuring the clothes last a long time.

Prepare Your Clothes Properly

This may seem obvious, but it bears repeating: wash your clothes thoroughly before you store them! Dirt can attract vermin, leading to a nasty surprise when you retrieve your clothes. It’s also important that all items are rinsed thoroughly so that no detergent remains.

You may or may not want to vacuum seal your clothes. Most fiber requires air to maintain its structural integrity, and so these bags can often damage your clothing. Synthetic fibers are usually safe, but natural ones can be damaged by the compression. It’s fine for short-term storage where space is it a premium, like a small apartment.

Get Proper Storage Vessels

It’s tempting to use what you have on hand for storing clothes. For most people, that probably means cardboard boxes or plastic bags.

But cardboard boxes are easy to chew through, meaning pests can easily get to your clothes. Plastic bags are a bit more durable, but they can trap moisture. This is especially problematic for heavy fabrics like wool, which can easily gather mold without room to breathe.

Your best bet is a sealed plastic container like this one. For heirlooms or vintage clothing, you should also wrap them in acid-free paper.

Climate-Controlled or Standard?

Standard storage can represent significant cost savings…but the temperature fluctuations can be too much for some clothing to bear. Self-storage facilities are professionally maintained, so cleanliness and dampness are less of an issue than at attic or basement.

That being said, most clothes are fine in a standard unit when stored properly. For valuable or sentimental items, it pays to invest in climate control.

Hillsborough Self-Storage offers both standard and climate-controlled self-storage, with easy access to the Triangle, Triad, Hillsborough, Mebane, and beyond. Our units range in size from a small-closet to nearly a full garage, and are available with 24/7 access. Contact us today for a free quote!

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