5th July 2020
As every fashion lover knows, there’s something satisfying about decluttering your wardrobe and making a little space. But just because you are not wearing everything right now doesn’t mean you want to get rid of your favourite coats and jeans either.
You might want to keep items of clothing for any number of reasons. A winter coat, shoes that hold memories, trousers that will fit again one day. So, put them safely out of sight in storage – but remember the secret to caring for your fabrics is to pack them properly.
Cleaning fabrics before your store them
You may not think your clothes are dirty, but over time marks and stains can set in and damage fabrics. So, make sure everything is freshly laundered before packing. We would always recommend indoor storage for clothing anyway, but if you do have food stains on your cuffs, you could be inviting unwanted visitors to chew on your clothes.
Hanging clothes for crease-free storage
Delicate silks and heavy coats so not go together well. You don’t want to squash them into a box and end up with crushed fabrics and indented creases. You can get wardrobe boxes that are ideal for hanging your more crushable items, keeping them as fresh-looking as possible.
A little bit of shoe polish
If you have some shoes you love and want to store well, then take note. Make sure shoes are completely dry before putting them into storage by leaving by a radiator before packing. Then, stuff the toes with screwed up newspaper so that they keep their shape, especially if you are piling them all into the same box. You may even want to consider removing the insoles too – as these can retain moisture and sweat and make things a little smelly over time. As with clothes, make sure you clean your shoes. A little polish, dust off dry mud or use a protective spray – every bit of time spent caring for your shoes now means they will be show-stoppers when you need them again.
Care for your leather
Leather goods such as shoes, belts and handbags may need a little extra care. As leather dries out it can crack and show signs of aging, and also discolour with leftover damp or dirt. So, as above, take time to make sure everything is dry, and pack shoes and handbags with paper. Then treat all your leather to a luxurious treatment with a little polish or wax – making sure to get the right colour.
Plastic boxes for long term storage
You might consider vacuum packing your clothes to fit more in a box, which is fine for the short term. But long term squashing your fabrics can damage the fibres. It’s better to put them into solid plastic boxes, and not to squeeze too much in each one. Give your clothes space to breath. We recommend plastic boxes over cardboard as they are waterproof, mothproof and squash proof.
Inventory for easy access
As with everything you put into storage, we recommend you label the boxes and keep an inventory of what you store. This means then when you do have a yearning for your favourite boots, or need your best occasion wear, you can find it easily without a long search.