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If you are like most people, you find yourself owning quite a few pieces of clothing. Whether it’s the latest bathing suit that flatters your figure, that favorite pair of jeans that fits just right, or fancier items such as the little black dress or fur coat, these and other items of clothing are obviously not worn all the time. As a result, you will at some point need to consider long-term storage for some of your clothing. Whether you need to store them because you are moving or simply for the winter, there’s no need to resort to mothballs to keep your clothing fresh. Instead, we at Proguard Self-Storage have a few tips for long-term clothes storage we’re sure you’ll find to be helpful.

Storage of Bathing Suits

Once summer is over and it’s time to put away your swimwear for the season, be sure to wash your bathing suits and then let them air-dry until they are absolutely and completely as dry as possible. Otherwise, you’ll wind up with suits that have mildew on them. Also, while Ziploc bags may seem like a great choice, they are actually perfect incubators for mold, so avoid these as well. Finally, use a fabric garment bag to lay your suits flat and on top of one another, which will preserve their shape.

Storage of Jeans

Always favorite items of clothing, jeans are actually pretty easy to store. If you’re like many people and no longer want to wash your jeans, you can still kill any bacteria on them by freezing them overnight. But whether your jeans have been washed or frozen, simply fold them and store them in clean and clear plastic bins. However, make sure the bins are in temperature-controlled environments, or your jeans may begin to fade or even fall apart.

Storage of Furs

If you’ve spent lots of money on fancy furs, you want them to stay perfect while in storage. To do so, they should always be stored in professional storage facilities that offer temperature-controlled settings and plenty of room for them to be hung. However, if you live in a cool part of the world, furs can be stored in a roomy closet for protection against excess warmth. Last but not least, if you want to give your furs some extra protection, place each in an extra-large fabric bag rather than plastic bags. Otherwise, the material will smother.

Storage of Dresses

As for dresses, you can choose hangers or boxes. In our experiences, we recommend hanger storage, since this keeps the natural shape of the dress. However, this method will use more space, so keep this in mind. If you choose hangers, wash or dry-clean your dress, then use a wooden or sturdy plastic hanger. Should any dresses be beaded, cover these with tissue paper. Finally, place each dress in a muslin or cotton garment bag, since this will allow them to breathe. For those of you who decide to box your dresses, use a sturdy cardboard box lined with tissue paper, lay each dress down hem first, then fold at the waist.

Storage of Dress Shirts

For you guys out there who want to be sure you still look like a sharp-dressed man when your dress shirts come out of storage, it’s actually very easy to make this happen. To start with, iron each of your shirts and immediately place them on good-quality wooden or plastic hangers. If you try to go cheap and use wire hangers, you’ll have lots of misshapen shirts. Finally, button every other button on the shirt so it stays on the hanger, then store them in cool, dry spaces where sunlight can’t enter, such as your attic or a professional storage facility.

Storage of Shoes

Since shoes are relatively small, they are pretty easy to place in storage. If you’ve got tall boots, join everybody else in the latest fad by stuffing them with cut pool noodles to help them keep their shape. As for summer shoes, these are much more lightweight and made from delicate materials. Because of this, store them in a climate-controlled storage facility that protects them from humidity. By doing so, materials such as cork and espadrilles won’t wear out. For any of your shoes, try using individual shoe boxes if possible, since this is the most compact and safest way to store shoes. But if boxes aren’t an option, don’t worry. Instead, other options such as shelves, shoe racks, and shoe trees will work fine too, even if they do use up a bit more storage space.

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