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How to Safely Store Your Clothes

By Kristy Alpert 3.8.17

Did you know that an overstuffed closet can actually harm some fabrics? Give your clothes some room to breathe by storing away your out-of-season wardrobe. The key is storing them properly — otherwise they can fall victim to hungry pests, permanent stains, and iron-proof wrinkles. Here’s how: 

  • Avoid hangers: They can stretch clothing at the shoulders.
  • No cardboard boxes: Cardboard is acidic and contains an additive that actually attracts pests and insects.
  • Use plastic storage containers with lids: Or, better yet, suitcases, if you won’t need to dump them out for traveling.
  • Label your containers: Identify what’s in there so you can find everything easily.
  • Store them in climate-controlled areas: Beneath the staircase, under the bed, or in storage closets work.
  • Steer clear of the attic: Or the basement, if you have one. The humidity can attract mold, mildew, and insects.
  • Outsource your storage: Some dry cleaners offer garment storage for out-of-season items as a minimally priced or free service. Simply bring your items to be cleaned from all dirt, food particles, and stains that would attract insects, and let your dry cleaner take them from there. The garments are typically stored in a climate-controlled vault that protects against fires, burglary, floods, mildew, and insects.

Learn how to declutter your home and donate unwanted goods here. Happy sorting!

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