The Best Closet Storage Idea -
Store it Right the First Time
My best closet storage idea comes from a value I had been taught when I was little. And that is...do things right the first time. If you want to
keep your belongings clean and well maintained (and I know you do!) you must store them properly the first time around. Believe me when I say your clothing will not forgive you.
Before I proceed to the list, if you have to store your clothes in the first place and have already organized your closet then you need to ask yourself these questions...
- Do I really need all of my clothes?
- Do all of my clothes fit me?
- Are they free of stains, rips and are in generally good condition?
- Are they in style and will I wear them again?
- Have I worn them in the last year?
If you answered no to any of these questions you need to evaluate the need for extra storage as opposed to donating the pieces of clothes in good condition and retiring to the garbage those that are not.
If you find you genuinly need to store some clothes then its on to the closet storage idea list:
The Closet Storage Idea List
- Do place only clean clothes in storage. Even if clothes appear clean machine wash or dryclean prior to storage. Some stains are not always easily seen or come out in time and cause items to stain or yellow permanently.
- Don't store clothes in drycleaning bags - especially leather. The bags hold onto humidity again causing clothes to yellow over time.
- Use the right type of hanger to maintain the proper shape of the garment.
- Don't hang sweaters or anything knitted or crocheted. They are best folded in order to keep their original shape.
- Store folded items in fabric bags so that the fabric can breath while keeping out pests.
- Use padded hangers for linen or delicate lingerie or robes.
- Any keepsake items such as children's clothing should be kept in a cedar chest after folded. For an extra added touch fold using acid free tissue paper.
- Try to store clothing in an environment that is constant in temperature and low humidity. Avoid a damp basement or unpredictable attic if at all possible.
- Wool, silk, feather, and cotton all attract pests - particularly moths. Although using cedar hangers, cedar balls, or moth balls will all deter these pests they cannot eliminate them all together. Your best option is a cedar lined closet or chest.
If you choose to implement one closet storage idea please just remember to take your time and do it right. The work of moving your clothes for the season can definitely pay off in the extra room you aquire and the clean and properly maintained clothes that you unpack from storage the next season.
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