By Molly Hammond, StorageUnit.com
Look, I get it—dressing yourself every day requires not only time and energy, but also, closet space. And once you’ve made the investment in some fashionable items, it can be tough to get rid of them just because you’ve run out of room.
There are shoes in my closet that have been in my life longer than my nieces have been alive. I remember some sweater purchases better than my best friend’s birthday. I have an entire drawer of T-shirts from high school theater productions that barely fit me then and don’t fit me now—but I’m definitely going to make an adorable and nostalgic quilt out of them someday (y’know, when I learn to sew). I won’t give this up.
I know I’m not the only one. Becoming a clothing pack rat is easy to do; it’s a new handbag here, an impulse buy there. You promise yourself a bigger closet in your next apartment, your next home, your next life. Before you know it, it’s already too late. Clothes are everywhere. The choices loom. As you’re swimming in sweatshirts, you realize “I can maintain this lifestyle, and resign myself to a sea of sartorial chaos, or I can cut back. Make decisions. Donate.”
What if I told you there’s another option? One where you maintain the fashionable life you love AND get reacquainted with the carpeting in your room?
The Solution: Invest in a Self Storage Unit
Self storage is the answer. Like the walk-in closet you’ve always dreamed of, a mini storage unit is the perfect place to keep your clothing overflow. Finding a storage facility near you is simple, and a facility with extended access hours (or even 24-hour access) will mean that you’re never more than a quick drive away from an important outfit. A 5×5 unit, which is the size of a walk-in closet, can cost as little as $20 a month to rent!
Moving surplus clothing into a storage unit will require a little effort on your part, but nowhere near as much as sorting, stacking, and finding new homes for all your stuff. Simply figure out what system you want to use and commit! One of the most popular ways to use storage units for clothing is to organize items seasonally. Round up all your shorts and tank tops and get them into storage during the winter. Then when spring rolls back around, just swap out your lightweight items for heavy coats, sweaters, and boots. Another option is to store rarely worn clothing like formal attire and costumes until an appropriate occasion presents itself to wear these specialty garments.
Quick Tips: Things to Remember about Clothing Storage
- Don’t store dirty clothes. Make sure every article you’re storing is as clean as can be. Stains and smells are insidious, and if they sit for months at a time, they can become permanent. If something already has a permanent stain, muster the strength to discard it. It’s done!
- Pick plastic bins. Cardboard boxes are vulnerable to water damage or pests like rodents or moths. Opt for plastic containers or canvas garment bags instead. If cardboard boxes are your only choice, find pallets or portable shelving to keep your clothes off the ground. Never store in a plastic bag (even if that’s what the dry cleaner gave you) for a long period of time, either. Chemicals in the plastic can easily leach out onto the garment, and cause yellowing or other damage. If you want to hang your clothing in storage, invest in a rolling wardrobe rack to use in your unit.
- Consider climate control. A climate-controlled storage unit will keep your clothes at a stable temperature and humidity level. Without this feature, temperature fluctuations and humidity changes can cause mold and mildew to grow inside clothes. Even the most temperate environments can benefit from climate-controlled storage, especially when garments are made from delicate materials like silk or wool.
Have your clothes and a tidy closet, too. A storage unit offers space for you to grow your clothing collection without fear of being suffocated by a rogue stack of sweaters. Best of all, it won’t break your clothing budget. By using a storage unit as a closet for your off-season clothes, you’ll have more room for fashion than ever before!