Best Way to Store Clothes: Expert Tips

Looking for the best way to store clothes? Then, you landed in the right place. And who better to ask than an internationally accredited couture dry cleaner Hallak Cleaners

Whether you are looking for at-home tips or professional storage, we got you covered. Although we provide clothing storage (cold and box), Hallak understands that some people prefer at-home storage. So let’s dive in!

Oh, and please ditch those cardboard boxes and plastic storage bins. We’re going to start fresh with expert tips.

Before You Store

By taking a few extra steps prior to storage, you’ll be sure to maximize your efforts. Wouldn’t it be great to have organized seasonal clothing storage?

Step 1 – Declutter Your Wardrobe

Let’s take the first steps in your decluttering journey. Take stock of your items. What do you need? What do you want?

For items that you want to sell, consider their condition, style, and market demand. In-style and fashion (in good condition) are perfect for reselling. (Fortunately, there are many online and in-person opportunities.) Research the market value to help negotiate pricing.

Donating clothes is a great way to give back to the community. Look for gently used items that are still in good condition and can benefit others. Clothes that no longer fit or items you haven’t worn in a year are good candidates for donation. Local charities, shelters, or thrift stores often accept clothing donations.

When deciding what to keep, be honest with yourself. Are you wearing this piece? Will you wear this? Hey, we’re not here to judge just here to help! (Our closets are full too!)

Step 2 – Clean Prior to Storage

Yes, we are a dry cleaners so we must talk about cleaning. It is essential prior to any clothing storage. By cleaning, you prevent dirt, dust, and stains from causing deterioration. If left uncleaned, stains can settle in. Or worse. Dirty clothes can attract bugs and other pests.

Repairing Items Prior to Storage

This is an extra step that many skip. Trust us. It makes sense. If repairs kept you from wearing items last season, don’t wait another minute. Repair these garments so you run into the same issue next time around. (Between us, even dry cleaner employees have THAT pile. You know, the clothing that needs a button, rip repaired, etc.)

Step 3 – Storage Space Decision

Decide where you will be storing clothing (and accessories). Consider the quantity and types of seasonal clothes you own and the storage areas you have access to. For many Manhattanites, additional storage solutions are necessary. And depending on your home, create a space that is climate-controlled. (Read: NO attics or basements. Way too much moisture!)

Step 4 – Time to Organize

You’re almost there! Organize your clothing in a logical and systematic way. Some people prefer to categorize clothes by garment type. Others store by wearability.

Example – The New York metro area’s weather fluctuates. When placing items into a storage solution, leave some lightweight sweaters easily accessible. You will likely need them before the heavier sweaters are needed.

Clothes neatly stacked in a light wood closet. Very organized closet.

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Fashion Storage Tips

Properly storing your fashion items is crucial in maintaining their quality and life. The right storage solution positively impacts your items’ condition. Let’s jump right into some tips.

  • Clean your items. Yes, it’s worth repeating. ‘Invisible food stains’ can attract pests that than lead to moth damage. (Agreed. Moth holes are so frustrating! Of course, weavers love them!)
  • Invests in quality storage solutions. No plastic containers! Fortunately, there are plenty of options outside of these airtight containers. Consider a cedar chest (or closet), breathable garment bags, fabric storage containers, and more. (Cedar blocks, cedar hangers, and cedar balls are also great purchases!) Your fabric needs to breathe but still remain protected. Planning on hanging some clothing? Purchase padded hangers to prevent creases and maintain clothing shape.
  • Footwear should be stored in their original boxes or some type of professional shoe box. The box should provide proper ventilation. It should also protect against dust and light.
  • Store accessories such as handbags separately. Original dust bags are ideal! Be sure to stuff them with acid-free tissue paper to help maintain their shape. (If you no longer have the dust bag, try a white, cotton pillowcase instead.)
  • Check your storage space for signs of moisture, extreme temperatures, excessive sunlight and pests.

To Fold or Not to Fold

When it comes to storage, maximizing space and keeping things organized is key. Folding items is a great way to achieve both of these goals. There are several items that can be easily folded for storage, and here are a few examples.

Foldable: Shirts, pants, shorts, workout clothes, and casual dresses.

Folding Tips

Folding can feel like an art form you just quite haven’t mastered.

  • Start with a flat surface: Find a clean, spacious area to work on, such as a table or bed.
  • Purchase a folding aid: Ever see Sheldon fold on Big Bang Theory? While funny, his folding board is quite ideal! This type of tool acts as a helpful tool in creating precise folds. It also aids in uniformity so you have even stacks.
  • Pay attention to collars and sleeves: Align these areas and smooth out any wrinkles or creases.
  • Allow yourself time. Don’t rush through the folding process. This can result in uneven or sloppy folds. Patience is key in creating well-folded garments.

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Woman in white shirt stacking neatly folder button-down shirts.

Long-term Storage Solutions for Hanging Garments

Unsure of which items should be left for hanging? Coats, suits, delicate dresses and heavily ornamented items are perfect candidates. Hanging helps maintain their shape, reduces wrinkles, and allows for easier accessibility. (Heavily ornamented items can also become snagged on other fashion so be sure to store those separately.)

Bulky coats and jackets. Use sturdy, padded hangers.

Suits and blazers. Choose breathable suit bags or garment bags.

Formal or embellished dresses. Protect their structure and details with breathable garment bags. Consider purchasing extra-long garment bags for your evening gowns. Padded or velvet hangers are ideal for delicate items.

Moisture Absorbers

Before we close out our tips, it is important to look at moisture absorbers. They play a crucial role in garment protection.

Excessive moisture can lead to mold, mildew and unpleasant orders. Without moisture absorbers, excessive moisture can lead to damage to the fabric over time. Utilizing moisture absorbers help maintain a dry environment without clothing storage spaces. They are designed to specifically draw in and trap moisture.

If you are storing at home, be sure to research into this essential tool.

Long-Term Clothing Storage: At-home vs Professional

At-home storage offers convenience and accessibility. It allows individuals to have their clothing readily available whenever they need it. Additionally, it can be more cost-effective, as there are no fees. Your home clothing storage does come with limitations. Depending on your chosen space, fashion may not be safe from pests, humidity or the sun.

Professional storage solutions are designed with climate, moisture and pest’s protection in mind. They also offer additional security measures such as surveillance cameras and alarm systems.

Although your clothing will not be in your home, Hallak offers a quick turnaround. If you need to pull your items out of storage, give us a call. Learn more about our box and cold storage options today.

Mastering the Art of Clothing Storage

Storing your clothing correctly is an essential part of maintaining a wardrobe.

If you’re storing at home, we hope that you found these tips helpful. Or maybe you find that a combination of both at-home and professional storage is ideal. If you need outside help, contact Hallak for your box and cold storage needs.

We hope you found our tips on the best way to store clothes helpful.

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