Why Self-Storage is Perfect For Your Off-Season Items
June 10th, 2022
As summer is upon us, you may be tempted to reach for tank tops or short sleeves instead of fall and winter long johns and sweaters. Thinking about transitioning your clothing from spring to summer and summer to fall takes some work. It’s time to make the switch from bulky jeans to sleeveless tees. Clearing up space in your closets can help organize your life and your peace of mind. If you’re looking to preserve your clothes to last for years, rotate them by season, and possibly pass them on to your children, then consider keeping them in a storage facility. If you don’t have a spare room to keep all the clothes of the household, storage units free up that extra space. Also, attics, garages, and basements aren’t great for storing clothes as they’re exposed to mold, mildew, pests, and fluctuations in temperature. If you leave your clothes in these conditions, they won’t last for more than six months. Here are some tips for storing your clothes in a storage unit:
- Storing your items in the right unit: All your preparation for storage will be for naught if you store your boxes in a bad location. Choosing the right storage facility–you may want to consider climate control– is a great option to avoid unwanted intrusions like sunlight and moisture, which cause permanent damage to clothing.
- Wash your clothes before storing: This kind of goes without saying, but we’ll say it in case you’re not a big laundry fan. Clean clothes in storage are better than dirty ones. Sweat, grease, mold, and dirt can stain and encourage unwanted odors. Vermin could be attracted to body odor and deodorant and eat holes in your clothes. Light stains need to be removed as well as they could become permanent fixtures if not taken care of beforehand.
- Label, Label, Label: Look. You’re going to want to wear your clothes again. We’ve all known the feeling of needing something in a hurry and then not having it at the ready because we don’t know where we put it. Save yourself the frustration and anxiety by pre-labeling your items based on type or color. This way, when you go back the following season, you can easily access your clothing. If your unit holds other items as well, labeling is a priority.
- Avoid grocery store boxes: While it’s tempting to want to use grocery store boxes to store clothes because they’re free and given out with ease, recall that it is a grocery store and food can be trapped in the crevices. Make sure you’re using clean cardboard boxes, or better yet, plastic self-sealable boxes.
Another case for self-storage is to hold your season’s decorations. When you do this and make the transition to self-storage for holiday decorations, you will free up so much more space in your home that you could use to your own liking. Keeping your home clutter-free and using a storage facility like MI Mini Storage in Newton, NC can help you on your path to a clearer space and mind.
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