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Our best tips for storing clothing and footwear

Our best tips for storing clothing and footwear
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Keep your stored clothes in tip-top condition with our clothing and fashion accessories round-up

Because of the way fashions come back in, many fashionistas admit to hanging on to pieces that have fallen out of style. Their reasoning? Why get rid of a perfectly good garment that has plenty of wear just because everyone is sick to death of seeing it?

Ideas for decluttering and organising your wardrobe

But most of us don’t have unlimited wardrobe space in which clothes can wait out the decade while their time rolls round again. Check out our post on storing out-of-season clothing to learn more about our favourite methods for optimising your wardrobe space. Many people turn to decluttering gurus like Marie Kondo to help them make more space at home, but here are our ideas to help you get started with clearing some space in your wardrobe.

Putting clothes you are not currently wearing into a storage unit will make more room in your wardrobe for everyday clothes that you are wearing day to day. To find out costs for self-storage, we recommend you get quotes from three storage companies, as prices vary across the country. Here is our guidance on working out how much to pay for storing your clothes in a storage unit. There are plenty of ways to save money on your self-storage, including getting a quote for your self-storage insurance from Store and Insure.

Protect stored clothing from pests and moths

Clothing – particularly items made from natural fibres, fur and feathers – kept in a domestic wardrobe or in a loft is vulnerable to pests and moth, particularly if not inspected regularly. But if you take care to pack your garments and accessories correctly, climate-controlled storage offers a good protection from moth. Learn more about how to protect your stored clothes from moths with our detailed guide.

It's really important to eradicate pests from your stored clothing to avoid irreparable damage. So take time to inspect and treat any clothing you are about to store. If your clothes are damaged by an infestation that came from outside your storage unit, you will be covered by your self-storage insurance. But if your clothing is damaged by moth that were already present when you stored your clothes, you won’t be covered.

How do you care for clothing kept for sentimental reasons?

It’s really common to have clothing and accessories that you want to keep but don’t want to wear any longer. Perhaps they remind you of good times; or an activity that you used to enjoy. One example is a wedding dress. It’s worn for one day, and many people find it surprisingly difficult to sell or give away their wedding dress afterwards. Here are our thoughts on packing a wedding dress for long-term storage.

People who love to dress up for fancy dress or for a convention will find themselves in possession of a costume, often handmade, that they may not want to wear very often. We’ve got some ideas for storing fancy dress and cosplay costumes.

Some clothing that is kept for sentimental reasons can be considered vintage, and antique garments and textiles need their own special care.

Can I keep wardrobe accessories in self-storage?

Accessories and footwear can be kept in self-storage. We’ve got various blogposts about storing different items:

We hope this round-up of ideas for getting the most out of your wardrobe using self-storage is useful!


Question and Answer


Do I need to have climate-controlled storage if I am storing natural fibres like wool and silk?

Natural fibres may react to sudden changes in temperature and humidity. Climate-controlled storage will keep your stored yarn and fabric in ideal conditions. Climate control also suppresses pests like moth.


Does my self-storage insurance cover me against moth damage?

If the moth infestation that has damaged your craft materials originated in your storage unit, you are covered by your self-storage insurance. But if the moth infestation came into your storage unit with your stored fibres, then you will not be covered by your insurance policy with Store and Insure.