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The best way to pack clothes in a storage unit

Apr 8, 2019 | Storage | 0 comments

Need some help with the best way to pack your clothes for storage? This handy guide with some useful tips should point you in the right direction:

Step 1: Wash and dry your clothes before packing them

Dirty clothes will attract insects and vermin long term so it’s always best to wash your clothes in advance. Stains will become impossible to remove and bad smells may never go away. Washing and ironing all clothes before packing will keep them fresher for much longer. Ensuring that they are also completely dry will avoid and mold, mildew and nasty odours from forming over time.

Washing your clothes is also a prime opportunity to sort out what you need to keep and what you don’t. Why pay money to store clothes you’ll never wear again? Either sell them online or donate to your local charity shops.

Step 2: Vacuum Sealing isn’t ideal for long term storage

It’s a natural assumption that vacuum sealing is a good idea for clothes storage, but the truth is it actually has an adverse effect. Yes, it will save lots of space by compressing the clothes, but the lack of air can cause long term damage to the fibres which will ultimately affect their shape permanently.

Vacuum sealing is fine for short-term storage, but it isn’t so good for extended periods, not if you intend to wear them again at some stage. Storing wedding dresses and other delicate items in vacuum sealed bags should definitely be avoided.

Step 3: Large plastic containers with sealable lids are perfect

The best way to store your clothes is to use large plastic containers with lids. These are available at most large retailers and can be purchased for relatively low costs. They are perfect for protecting your clothes from dust, moisture, mildew and mould. Make sure the containers are also completely dry inside before packing your items.

Lining the containers with cotton sheets will offer another layer of extra protection. For vintage items or expensive wedding dresses, it may be worth investing in acid free boxes which you can then put inside the containers.

Do not under any circumstance be tempted to use plastic bags. Plastic bags will only trap moisture which will then allow mold and mildew to form. Cardboard boxes should also be avoided as they are easily breached by silverfish and vermin.


Choosing an environment that is clean and vermin free is a great start when protecting you clothing. Some storage-units are old and fail to provide these basic requirements. Chesley storage offer low cost flexible storage units in a new and modern facility. Get in touch with one of our friendly staff and give your items the protection they deserve.

Step 5: Cedar Balls prevent Moths, bad smells and the formation of mold and mildew

The natural properties of cedar wood will protect your clothes from moths, mildew and nasty odours. Long lasting and fragrant smelling, cedar wood balls are a far superior natural alternative to toxic chemicals.

We hope you have found this guide useful. Chesley Storage have reasonably priced and flexible options tailored to your Self-Storage needs. Please get in touch or call us on 01795 844144 to discuss your requirements.


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