How to prepare your clothes for long-term storage

With the weather being as fickle as it is here in the UK, many of us find ourselves with a wardrobe of clothes we only wear for half of the year. But what should you do to take care of your garments before you store them?

Putting clothes into storage: First, have a clear out

Avoid packing away clothes you know you’ll never wear again. They’ll take up unnecessary space in your personal storage in London, which means you’ll have more boxes to move. Be ruthless – if you haven’t worn the item in the last year, are you likely to ever wear it again? Sell or give away to charity the clothes you decide not to keep, it’ll make packing easier and your wardrobe will appreciate the spring clean.

Before storing them, you might want to was them

They may not seem dirty, but washing your clothes before you put them into storage will help keep them fresh for longer. Dirt and dust are appealing to bugs, so give all your clothes a good clean – even if it means a trip to the dry cleaners.

Choose the way you store your clothes wisely

Plastic bags may seem like a quick fix when it comes to packing away lots of items, but it won’t help to prolong the life of your clothes. Vacuum bags are a quick and space-saving solution for storing the items taking up extra space in your wardrobe. Keeping your clothes airtight reduces the risk of mould and mildew getting to your favourite garments. For delicate items or clothes you want to store for a longer period of time, use a sealed plastic container to avoid creasing and loss of shape.

Before storage, pack things properly

Your future self will appreciate it if you don’t throw your clothes into storage with no thought to the folding. You don’t need to iron it all before you store it, but packing your clothes wisely will save you time on ironing later on. Put heavier items at the bottom and lighter, delicate items on top. You can increase storage space and reduce creasing if you roll your clothes instead of folding them.

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