Tips for Storing Clothes in a Portable Storage Unit

Tips for Storing Clothes in a Portable Storage UnitWhether you’re looking to store winter clothing or seasonal wardrobes, it’s important to store clothing items in a portable storage unit the proper way. Storing clothes in cardboard boxes or plastic bags may seem like an easy and cost-effective storage solution, but these methods can leave your clothing vulnerable to damage. 

Plastic bags can trap moisture and humidity which can lead to mold and mildew. Cardboard boxes are also vulnerable to humidity and water damage. It’s important that you choose the right containers for your stored clothes.

By following the tips below, you’ll be an expert on how to store clothes properly in a portable storage container:

Tip #1. Wash All Clothes Before Packing

Before you begin packing up clothes to put in your portable storage container, you’ll want to wash every item of clothing, which will help them to stay fresher longer. Unwashed clothing can produce, mold and mildew, and begin to smell over time.

Even if your clothes don’t look or smell soiled, they may begin to stain over time as residual perfumes, lotions, oil, and even sweat can sit in the fabric and turn your clothing yellow. Food stains can also attract pests, which can permanently ruin your clothing.  

Tip #2. Use Vacuum Sealed Bags

Vacuum sealed bags are a great way to protect stored clothing and maximize space for short term storage. In fact, a vacuum-sealed bag can actually reduce the amount of storage space needed by 50%.

Climates with four distinct seasons might require you to own clothes that may only be necessary for a few months out of the year. This is where vacuum-sealed storage bags can come in handy.

These simple bags can be easily loaded and sealed using a home vacuum cleaner to reduce larger and fluffier articles of clothing like vests and winter coats to their minimum possible size.

You can then store the vacuum-sealed bag of clothes in your onsite portable storage container until next season or when you need them again.

Tip #3. Use Plastic Bins

One of the best methods for storing clothes in a portable storage unit is to place items in plastic bins with clip-on lids that can help protect your clothes from moisture, dust, mold, mildew, and pests.

Make sure that you loosely pack the bins so that air can freely circulate throughout and allow your clothes to breathe. For extra protection, line your plastic containers with clean, cotton sheets. The use of clear bins will also allow you to see the items inside.  

Tip #4. Use Cedarwood

Cedarwood naturally protects clothes from moths, mildew and musty odors. Cedar chips work just as well as mothballs but without the nasty smell or pesticides that can be harmful to your clothing. You can purchase cedar chips in either porous bags or in larger blocks or balls. Wooden cedar chips or balls last long term and unlike mothballs, provide a pleasant aroma.  

Tip #5. Create an Inventory System

Creating an inventory system can help keep you organized and also allow easy access to specific items of clothing. It is a good idea to label each storage bin or bag of clothing items.  Something like “Mary’s winter jackets” will work well. This way, you’ll be able to easily find the bin of clothing or a specific item you’re looking for.  

Tip #6. Check on Stored Clothes Periodically

You’ll want to make sure that you periodically check on clothing items stored away in your portable storage unit. This way, you will be able to detect any problems right away and implement measures to prevent your clothes from becoming ruined.

Westside Portable Storage units offer the highest levels of convenience & accessibility  Call us today for all your onsite portable storage rental needs! (253) 564-3212

At Westside Portable Storage, our portable storage units come to you in the form of a large, weatherproof, steel box. You can have the storage container delivered to your home (usually in the driveway or curbside) and load it according to your own schedule and pace.

Our storage containers offer ground-level access, making them easy to load compared to a truck or van which are usually several feet off the ground and require a ramp for loading and unloading.

The Advantages of Westside Portable Storage container rentals include: 

  • The portable storage unit is delivered to your home or desired location
  • We offer a variety of container sizes for your specific storage needs
  • The storage unit can be loaded and unloaded on-site as needed 
  • There is no driving to another location involved  
  • Onsite portable storage is versatile and private
  • The storage container will be picked up when you no longer need it

If you are looking for a short-term storage solution that allows easy and frequent access to your belongings, onsite portable storage container rentals can be your best option.  

Get a free quote today!  

A portable storage container on your property or at the job site gives you 24/7 access to your belongings when you need them. At Westside Portable Storage, our units are available in a number of sizes, so you never pay for more space than you need. Constructed of weather-resistant, 14-gauge steel, Westside Portable Storage containers are durable, secure, lockable, and weather and fire-resistant.

Choose from 12 ft, 22 ft, and 26 ft long storage containers – 7’6″ wide x 6’9″ high with double swinging doors on both ends (the 12′ box only has doors on one end) for easy access to your materials. The contained locking mechanism protects the lock and adds an extra level of security to your unit.

Required Permits  

If you’re considering renting an onsite portable storage container at your home, you’ll want to get any required permits if you need them. Make sure to review your homeowner association guidelines for container placement. If you’re storing in a deed-restricted community. Remember to follow local ordinances when storing your container on the street.

No Hidden Costs

At Westside Portable Storage, we believe in making sure you have no hidden fees or costs. Before your storage container is delivered, we’ll provide you with a detailed quote, informing you of the rates and fees for the storage you need.

Speedy Delivery & Pick Up

We are often able to arrange for next-day delivery and pick-up so our boxes are there when you need them, and gone when you don’t. Speedy delivery and pickup times have been vital in creating relationships with our customers for over 20 years.

When you require temporary extra space, think Westside Portable Storage. The process of renting a unit is easy. Give us a call. We deliver. You load and unload at your convenience. We pick up. Need to keep your storage unit longer than you’d planned? No problem!

Westside Portable Storage services all of Pierce County and most of the South Puget Sound region. Contact us today at (253) 564-3212 for more information about our hassle-free onsite storage container rentals and a free estimate!

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