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How to store clothes and shoes

Clothes and shoes are parts of everyday life – but the one we do not think about too often. For example, when was the last time you had to worry about your clothes storage space? Or get a new shoe rack? However, as time goes on, we can easily pile up pieces of clothing or pairs of shoes that we do not use anymore. They create terrible clutter in homes, and there is no room for new items! If this is the case with you, then what you need is IPS NYC Movers! We offer amazing storage services for all of your items – including clothes and shoes. However, before you call us and arrange a unit, you should learn about how to store clothes and shoes. This will help you prepare your items for storage and protect them! Keep reading the article to find out how to do it!

Before you store clothes and shoes, clean them properly

Cleaning your items before storage is one of the things that confuse people quite often. However, it is a necessary and obvious step when you think about it. Contrary to a horrible popular belief, storage units, and moving trucks NYC are not dirty and grimy. Instead, our units are very clean and ready for your items at any point. Not cleaning your clothes and shoes, however, will bring dirt into the storage unit.

a laundromat
Make sure you thoroughly wash and clean all your clothes and shine your shoes before storing them!

This can then lead to a lot of things going wrong. Dirty items can, of course, get other items dirty during transport as well. But this is not the worst of it. Sometimes, dust particles can gather on some materials and scratch them. Sadly, you cannot repair this with a simple clean-up. This is especially true with leather – and thus, dangerous for your shoes and some pieces of clothing. Finally, dirt can lead to odor as well as mold, which will completely destroy not only one item but your whole unit.

A thing to also note here is that, before you store clothes and shoes, you need to dry them off completely. This way, you prevent mold and mildew, which, again, can completely destroy your whole storage unit.

Where should you store clothes and shoes

After cleaning your clothes and shoes, the question becomes what to use when storing these. The first thought that many people have is to do it in bags with a vacuum seal. You will usually see this in advertisements, and they are a great way to maximize the space in your storage unit. However, what can prompt you not to go through with this method is just how they can damage the clothes.

a vacuum bag
Vacuum bags are good only for short-term storage because then can damage your clothes long-term!

When you take the air away from the bags, you can cause the fibers in the clothes to compress. This can ruin and compromise the item’s shape or fit. So, this method will be fine if you are looking for NYC storage services short-time. Keep in mind that you should never store delicate items in these bags. Things like wedding dresses or gowns need their own boxes for storage.

The best way to store clothes and shoes would be to use plastic containers that have clip-on lids on them. Plastic will protect your clothes from moisture, dust, mold, and mildew. However, this is why cleaning your clothes and shoes is extra important. If there is any dirt on your items, then plastic can make the scratches we mentioned even deeper. Similarly, moisture can escape nowhere if you store things in plastic – so make sure your clothes are completely dry before storing them.

Further ways to prevent mold and mildew

Cleaning and drying your clothes and shoes are not the only way to prevent mold from appearing. Although drying them is the best thing to do, you can add some helpful things that will boost your odds. Sometimes, the storage unit just might not be well-insulated – or you didn’t dry your items well – you never know what can happen! So, picking up some of these will keep your mind at ease when you store clothes and shoes.

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Dry your clothes thoroughly in order to store them properly.

First, there are the cedar wood balls. It is a natural protector from both moths and odors as well as mildew. Adding a few cedar balls to your unit will always be a safe bet. What’s more, they can last a long time, so you can use them in long-term storage units. You can look for them with other packing supplies, and they will give your items a nice aroma. They also beat any chemicals – which can horribly stain all your clothes and shoes.

Another thing you can do is to look for a climate-controlled storage unit. These units will let you regulate the temperature of the unit. This way, you can offer you clothes and shoes the optimal storing conditions. They will be free from any dust, critters, and other elements that can damage them. So make sure you inquire about our climate-controlled units when contacting us.


Storing your clothes and your shoes does not need to be tough. However, if you want to get the best out of your experience, then you will need to prepare them a little. First, cleaning is in order. Dirty items will only make the whole unit dirty – which you do not want! Then, it’s important to dry them to keep the moisture out. You will also want to add some cedar wood balls to repel all moths and moisture. Finally, you will want to find some good packing solutions – and you will be ready to store your clothes and shoes!

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