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How to pack clothes for storage


Packing and storing your clothes seem pretty simple. You will take box or bags or vacuum seal bags and put the clothes inside. And that is the easy way to do it, but this way you will not save your clothes. Your clothes will deteriorate with time and there are some basic steps you should follow so you can save your clothes, and eventually save money. You can pack clothes for storage very easy, but it is better to do the whole preparation process. The better you treat your clothes, it will last longer. And once you take it out from the storage room, it will be in the same condition when you stored it. You can also choose different storage units, depending on your need and your budget.

What is the first step to packing clothes for storage?

Well, the first step is really simple but it can be time-consuming. You need to take inventory of all the things you plan to store. You need to make the inventory so you can know what exactly you stored. It is easy to get lost in all the clothes, so it is better to know at any given moment what you have. Also, you can keep it very simple by just writing down the type of the wardrobe you are storing, size and in which box it is stored (or a bag).

A girl writing down in a notebook a inventory to pack clothes for storage
You should make an inventory of the clothes you plan on storing

The hardest part

So, one of the hardest parts is to say goodbye to some of your favorite, old pieces. You need to be completely honest with yourself, and take into consideration the state of the clothes. If you didn’t wear them for more then a year or two, or if they are ripped somewhere and it can’t be fixed- you need to get rid of that clothes. Also, think of this as a good opportunity to clear your closet. You can also donate some of your clothes, and that way they can get a new life. They will mean a world to someone.

Find a suitable storage unit

You need to create a list of things that you expect from your storage unit. You can have a storage unit with climate control option that in general is always a good choice. Also, you can take a long-term or short-term storage unit. You can choose which location you want your storage to be. Do you need to access it often or no?  If you want to find quality and cheap storage NYC, that shouldn’t be a problem. Just make a list of your needs and search for the one that suits your needs. 

Man driving boxes to a storage unit - Gowanus storage
You need to find a suitable storage unit

Wash your clothes

Before you pack clothes for storage you need to wash it. If you pack dirty, stained clothes there are big chances that you will never be able to clean it. Also, dirty clothes attract different kinds of insects. You do not need to iron your clothes, since once you take it out of storage – you will have to iron it anyway. Washing your clothes before you store it also ensures that your clothes will stay fresh and clean for a long period of time. When it comes to shoes, you should polish them. Clean them thoroughly and stuff them with a clean tissue paper so they can keep their form for a long period of time.

a washing machine
You should wash all of your clothes before you store it

Should you use vacuum seal storage bags?

Well, if you plan to store something for a long period of time – do not use vacuum seal storage bags. When you pack clothes for storage you need to have at least approximate time that you plan to store them. Vacuum seal storage bags are a great solution to save some space, but in the long run, they are not a pretty good idea. If you keep your clothes too long in vacuum seal storage bags, your clothes may start to fall apart. It will lose shape, fibers will become thinner.  Also, it is not a great idea to use cardboard boxes. When it comes to plastic bins vs cardboard boxes – plastic bins are a great solution.

Pack clothes for storage

As we mentioned before, there is no need to iron your clothes. You should just pack it with care, separate the items and make a list. You should use plastic bins with lids so you can be sure that your clothes will be the same. A lot of people are scared that when they pack clothes for storage, it will get damaged. Or they will even forget what they packed in the first place. That is why it is a great idea to make an inventory and carefully choose a storage Brooklyn. If you followed our steps, your clothes should be fairly easy to pack. it is clean, fresh and your shoes are shiny. All you need to do is just pack your clothes for storage properly and with an inventory.

drawer full of clothes
You should pack your clothes carefully in plastic bins

Can you store accessories?

Yes, of course, you can. You can store anything you want from gloves, hats, scarfs or jewelry. Just make sure that they are clean as well and to separate them from the rest of your clothes. You can pack them together in one plastic bin and that way always know where are your accessories in case you need them.

How to pack your storage unit?

If you are storing some other items as well, you should have a plan for how you will pack the boxes with clothes. If besides clothes, you are storing your furniture or something else – boxes with clothes should be the last one packed into the storage. So, if you spent your time packing your clothes for storage, you should pay attention to how you will actually pack it into the storage unit. First, you should pack all of the heavy items. And on top of them, or in one corner you should pack the boxes or ideally plastic bins with clothes. That way you will ensure that there is nothing heavy on top of your clothes that could damage them.

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