Tips for Placing Winter Clothes in Storage
Spring has officially arrived. This is the season we welcome the warmer temperatures after the long, chilly winter. As the sun begins to shine, everyone starts to get antsy to remove all those thick layers of clothes and replace them with t-shirts and lighter jackets. This is also the time of year that we recommend preparing your winter clothes for storage until you need them again next fall.
Storing Winter Clothes Properly
Spring is a difficult time of year for wardrobes. It isn’t quite warm enough to wear summer gear, but it isn’t cold enough anymore to continue to wear all those hats, gloves and coats! By taking the proper steps for storing winter clothes properly, you’ll ensure that everything will be in great condition when you need to take them out of storage.
Step-by-step tips for winter coat storage and hat and glove storage are included below.
- Sort and discard. Before you consider storing winter clothes for the spring and summer season, take time to sort through your winter wardrobe. If you didn’t wear certain clothes over this past winter, make decisions about whether you should donate, sell in a garage sale, or throw away the clothing. Goodwill, homeless shelters or the Salvation Army always welcome clothing donations.
- Organize what’s left. Once you’ve sorted through everything, make piles of similar items: hats in one pile, scarves in another, gloves and mittens in another, etc. This will make it easier to keep like items together in storage.
- Clean and dry before storing. Wash the clothing according to manufacturer’s instructions, and if some clothing requires dry cleaning, bring all those items to the cleaners at one time. At the very least, spot clean any stains, dirt or food particles and make sure that the clothing is completely dry before it goes into storage. Make sure all of your outerwear is clean and dry before placing each items in its respective boxes for winter coat storage and storage for hats and gloves.
- Use the proper storage containers. Store clothing in clean, unused cardboard boxes. You can pick up a variety of residential storage supplies from any of our Storage World facilities throughout the Atlanta area. Talk with any of our friendly experts about what you need to best accomplish your goals for storing winter clothes.
- Store similar items together. Since you’ve already sorted through all your winter clothes, as you’re placing things like sweaters, scarves, hats and mittens into storage, make sure you’re keeping similar items together in the container, with the heaviest items on the bottom. Heavy coats should be stored in plastic garment bags during the off-season. Wardrobe boxes are also a great winter coat storage option, because you can just hang the coats on the bar in the boxes to keep them wrinkle-free and then easily unpack them next season.
- Maintain freshness. Before you put the boxes full of your winter clothing into storage for the season, don’t forget to add a dryer sheet, mothballs or cedar blocks in the box with your items. This will keep everything smelling fresh and safe.
If you have winter clothing and other seasonal items that need to be placed into storage in the Atlanta, GA, area, Storage World can help you find the solution to best fit your needs. We are happy to answer any storage questions you have, as well as provide you with a quote. Visit our facilities to check out our options and features or give us a call to speak with our self-storage experts today.