Clothes take up a surprising amount of room. Between seasonal clothing, outfits for special occasions, and memento-type clothing people just don’t want to get rid of, clothing can begin to monopolize storage space in a home. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as the following tips show.
Get Rid of Old Clothes
Chances are, if you haven’t worn something in a year or two, you can probably get rid of it without missing it. Donating clothes to charity, a family member, or a friend is an easy way to reduce clutter and free up space for new clothes or other items.
If you have a bunch of clothing from a certain period of your life–say, from your university years–that you can’t bear to part with but seldom wear, then consider having those shirts made into a quilt. It’s a way to preserve your memories, save space, and get an eye-catching blanket to boot.
Self-storage is a great way to create more space for your belongings, and clothing is no exception. If you live in an area with dramatically different seasons, then you might go months without even considering wearing out-of-season clothing–all while it takes up room in your closet. Consider storing unneeded clothes until the seasons change. Click here to find a location.
Protecting Your Clothes
Whether you’re storing clothes in self-storage or somewhere in your home, here are some strategies to follow:
- Invest in storage containers. While cardboard boxes are good for short-term uses, plastic storage containers can provide better protection for clothing. According to HGTV, “Lidded plastic storage containers will hold clothing safely, without attracting pests or damaging fibers.” They also last much longer and don’t have the potential to stain your clothes, as cardboard boxes do.
- Clean and dry everything before storage. This goes for both your clothes and any container you plan to store them in. Stains that remain on clothing can worsen on storage, and insects (which can eat or nest in clothing) are much less attracted to clean items. When you bring clothes out of storage, repeat the cleaning and drying.
- Take care with formal wear, suits, or other expensive items. These you may want to carve out a special space for and hang carefully.
- When selecting a location for storage, “think cool, dry, dark places,” as Jennifer Tzeses of Woman’s Day puts it. Sunlight can be damaging to clothes, as can moisture. Tzeses recommends investing in moisture-absorbing products if you live in a particularly humid area.
Nobody needs all the clothing they own on hand all the time. But by following these strategies, you can slim down your wardrobe to what you do need, have enough space to store it, and protect it for years to come.