The Best Way to Store Clothes: Boxes, Hangers, or Folding?

Boxes, Hangers or Folding? What’s the Best Way to Store Your Clothes?

The Best Way to Store Clothes: Boxes, Hangers, or Folding?

What’s the best way to store clothes? This is a question that many people ask, and there is no easy answer. Different methods have their own benefits and drawbacks, so it ultimately depends on what works best for you.

In this blog post, we will discuss the three most common ways to store clothes – boxes, hangers, and folding – and explore the pros and cons of each method.

  1. Boxes are a popular choice for storing clothes because they are cheap and easy to find. However, boxes can take up a lot of space, and your clothes can get wrinkled if they are not packed properly.
  2. Hangers are another option for storing clothes. They take up less space than boxes and can help prevent wrinkles. However, hangers can be expensive, and you may need to purchase special kinds of hangers for delicate items.
  3. Folding is the third option for storing clothes. It is the most space-efficient way to store clothes, but it can be time-consuming to fold everything correctly. Additionally, some items – such as pants – may wrinkle if they are pros and folded for too long.

Here are some additional tips

Laundering before storing!
When you pack away your clothes for storage, you want to be confident that they'll come out in the same condition as when you packed them. To ensure your clothes stay in top condition, it's important to launder them before packing them away. This will help remove any dirt, dust, or other particles that could damage the fabric or cause the colors to fade. In addition, laundering will also kill any insects or larvae that might be lurking in the fabric. If you're short on time, Dry Cleaning is also an effective way to prepare your clothes for storage. A little effort upfront will pay off when you're ready to pull your clothes out of storage and find them looking as good as new.

Which storage containers should I choose?
- When it comes to storage containers, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, consider what you'll be storing. Clothing, for example, benefits from being stored in plastic bins that stack well and keep out moisture and bugs. However, clear bins should be kept out of direct sunlight to avoid fading. Another factor to consider is how often you'll need to access the items you're storing. Seasonal clothing, for example, can be stored in less accessible spaces since you won't need to get to it as often. By taking these factors into account, you can choose the best storage containers for your needs.
- Cardboard boxes are a great way to keep coats and longer items; dresses etc, however, any cardboard can attract insects, so these should only be used in indoor storage spaces. Avoid storing clothes in a garage or an area that allows access to vermin. Delicates or wool fabrics should not be stored in cardboard boxes.
- Fabric or canvas bins are another favorite, because the material is breathable. Canvas bins come in a variety of sizes and colors making them perfect for any home decor theme. And they're stackable which is great if you have limited storage space. If you're looking for something a little different, try using baskets made of natural materials such as wicker or sea grass.
- Baskets are also available in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit your needs.

The Ultimate Space-saver?
Vacuum sealed bags can be a great way to save space when packing for a move or long-term storage. By removing the air from the bag, you are able to reduce the size of the item, making it much easier to pack into smaller spaces. Additionally, vacuum-sealed bags can help to protect your belongings from dust, moisture, and other environmental factors. When storing delicate items, wrapping them in tissue paper before placing them in a vacuum-sealed bag can help to further protect them from damage. 

There are a few simple things you can do to prolong the life of your clothes and keep them looking their best.

  • Avoid wire hangers, as over time they can damage the fabric.
  • Invest in some good quality hangers - padded, plastic or wooden hangers are best.
  • If you're storing your clothes in boxes or on clothing racks, make sure they're covered with a breathable fabric like cotton or linen. This will protect your clothes from dust and pests while still allowing them to breathe.
  • Finally, cedar oil blocks are a great way to deter moths - mothballs tend to leave a nasty smell behind. And if you're storing your clothes in tissue paper, be sure to use acid-free tissue paper to prevent yellowing.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your clothes looking great for years to come.

Packing up your belongings can be a daunting task, especially if you're not sure where to start. Arco's Self Storage is here to help! We offer all the packing products you need to ensure your items stay clean from dust and vermin. From moving boxes and bubble wrap to tape and wardrobe cartons, we have everything you need to protect your belongings. And our friendly staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have. So don't wait - give us a call today!