Spring has arrived which means it’s a perfect time to spring clean your wardrobe. With Australians on average buying 27 kilograms of clothing and textiles per year, twice the global average, many of us have wardrobes which are completely full! As the weather warms up our winter clothes such as coats, gloves, scarves and ski gear, also take up valuable space, so a great solution is to declutter your wardrobe, remove unworn items and store your winter clothing.

For more than ten years Store and More have helped many clients with storing their clothing in our short and long term storage units, so we would like to share with you some of our top tips for storing clothing.

  1. Declutter – Firstly you will need to sort your wardrobe. A great way to do this is to face all your clothes hangers the same way, then once you wear an item, put the hanger in the opposite way. Over the next few months you will see what you wear and what you don’t. The saying goes that “If you haven’t worn it for a year, then you probably won’t wear it again”.
  2. Cleaning Clothes – Before storing your clothing, it is important to wash or dry clean them. This removes any odours, body oils and stains which can discolour your clothing over time.
  3. Space Saver Bags – A space saver bag can save you up to 75% of space. Space saver bags are available in a vacuum bag, or you can purchase a “roll up” style. Space saver bags are more suited to short term storage and are not ideal for delicate fabrics such as leather or wool, due to not allowing materials to breathe.
  4. Clothes Hangers – Metal clothes hangers are not suited to fabrics such as wool or silk, as materials can lose their shape. Cloth or wooden padded coat hangers are more suitable and can reduce the shoulder creases in garments. If storing clothes long term, it is better to use canvas hanging bags, or store items lying flat.
  5. Storage Containers – Using clear plastic containers with a secure lid, will protect your clothes from insects, rodents and dust. Some delicate clothing may not be suited to a plastic container, so for these items it is better to use a canvas storage box, or use 100% cotton garment bags which are more breathable. Rodents and mice like cardboard boxes, so they are not ideal for storing clothing.
  6. Clothes Protection – To reduce moisture, moth balls can be used but they have a strong odour and can be harmful to children and pets. A safer alternative are wooden cedar balls, which are natural and provide a nice aroma if clothing is stored for a longer time. But please be aware that cedar balls can dry out leather clothing.
  7. Moisture – When storing clothing, you can use moisture absorption sachets. Although please make sure they are not directly touching clothing, as they can damage materials.
  8. Covering Clothing – Covering clothing with clean cotton sheets will provide added protection. For more delicate materials or clothing with beading, using white “acid free” tissue paper in between clothing will protect them.
  9. Room Temperature – Place all stored clothing in a dry, cool, dark place. Never store them near windows in direct sunlight, as the sun can fade the garment.
  10. Labelling – It is ideal to clearly label all your storage items, because over time it is easily forgotten where your favourite gloves are among all your coats and jumpers.

We are hoping we have now inspired you to start spring cleaning. Please call us on 5264 8448 if you require extra storage space, or need more advice about storing clothing, we are always here to help!