Fall is here and when seasons change, so does our wardrobe. It’s time to move things around and make space for cozy sweaters, scarves and hats. If you have extra closets around the house, lucky you! But, let’s face it; a lot of people in Toronto who live in condos or apartments need to do some packing to save space! So for those of you, here are 4 simple steps for storing seasonal clothing.
Do you wear it at least twice a season? Do you still love it? Does it still fit? Is it still fashionable? If yes, it’s a keeper. If not, donate it (this excludes items which hold sentimental value, of course). Donating clothes that you no longer need is not only a great way to declutter and make room for more things, but also it could help someone who might need them. You will also be able to see how many clothes you have left in certain categories, which will help in the shopping process as well. That way, you won’t buy two similar pieces.
Wash your clothes
There are a few reasons why you should wash your clothes before packing them. First, you don’t want to leave any stains on your clothes, which will be hard to remove once darker. Also, this is a good way to avoid insects. Either dry clean or launder your clothes based on the manufacturer’s instructions. Be careful not to store away any pieces that need to be repaired, mended or tailored. If you take care of them right away, you will not have to worry about them when you pull them out of storage when the time comes.
Choose a location
Location is everything! The location where you store your clothes must be dark, dry, ventilated and cool. Avoid direct sunlight, the attic or heated areas. Make sure to clean the area before moving anything to that location. If you live in a house, try to avoid damp storing places such as basements or garages because insects, mold and mildew are common in those locations. If there is absolutely no more room in your home, you can consider your building’s storage locker if you have one or you can rent a storage facility. Many storage facilities in Toronto have smaller size units which are not only an ideal size, but also affordable.
You have to use the right storage method. You can use plastic hanger with plastic covers, plastic storage containers, fabric crates, fabric hanging bags or suitcases. You can also use cardboard boxes, but make sure they are acid-free. At The Six Moving, we supply acid-free cardboard boxes and deliver to your home if you live within Toronto. Don’t forget to label your boxes with their contents for easier unpacking. Make sure you don’t store in big bulky boxes because they can become heavy very easily as we pack them. It will be difficult to move them around. By using smaller containers, not only you can categorize your clothes but also, you will be able to unpack clothes as you need them. As the seasons change, you can putt out the right box to transition into the season and the weather. So put all T-shirts in one container and the tank tops in another.
If you would like more tips on how to store your off-season clothes, or if you simply need packing tips, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Remember, we deliver boxes in Toronto for free! Place your order today and select your preferred delivery date, we always accommodate.
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