Five Quick Tips For Putting Clothing In Storage

If you are going to be putting some clothing into a storage unit, whether for a month or several years, it is important to take the time to prepare, pack and store that clothing properly. Without the proper precautions, you could end up with nothing more than a pile of smelly or moth-ridden rags when you go to pull your items out of storage. Follow these tips to preserve your wardrobe.

Wash everything first.

Even if you have not worn an item in years and it looks clean, it is a good idea to send it through the wash before you pack it away. If there happen to be any mold spores, bacteria, or insect eggs on the clothing (and you can’t always see these things) time in a storage unit might be all they need to multiply and destroy the clothing. Wash your clothing with a good detergent. Use a second rinse to make sure all detergents are rinsed out,  and make sure your clothing is completely dry before you proceed with packing it.

Pack your clothing in plastic totes.

Those big, vacuum-sealed, compression bags might seem like the perfect storage vessels for your clothing, but they have a dirty secret: mold. These bags don’t breathe, so if there is even the tiniest amount of moisture inside them when you seal them, you’ll come back to a bag of moldy clothing a few months later. Some clothing also does not withstand being compressed very well. Cardboard boxes are also a bad idea for storage, since they can become moist and allow access to rodents and other pests.

Packing your clothing in plastic containers with lids is your best bet. These containers keep your clothing dry and pest-free, but they don’t compress it. They also breathe just a little, so mold is not such an issue.

Say “no” to scented sachets and the like.

You might assume that tucking a little potpourri or a scented sachet in with your clothing will keep it smelling nice in storage, but this is not the best idea. With the changes in humidity levels and temperature that occur in storage, these products may end up leeching oils onto your clothing, staining them permanently. If you really want to make sure your clothes emerge smelling fresh, pack a little cloth baggy of baking soda in with them. The baking soda will absorb lingering odors and moisture, and if it gets on your clothes, it will rinse away the first time you wash them.

Condition your leather before storage.

Two bad things can happen to leather shoes, belts, and accessories when in storage. They can get too dry and crack, or they can mold when exposed to too much moisture. The best way to guard against both of these issues is to fully condition your leather before putting it in storage. Follow the instructions on your leather conditioner. Make sure you clean your leather, and then fully massage the conditioner into your items. Do this a few days before you plan on putting your leather items in storage so the conditioner has a chance to absorb deep into the fibers.

The conditioner will keep the leather from cracking. Plus, when the leather is saturated with the oil-based conditioner, it won’t absorb as much water from the air — and this will prevent it from molding.

Take clothing out of dry cleaner bags.

If you have items that need to be professionally cleaned, they might be hanging in your closet in the bags the dry cleaner sent them back in. These bags need to be removed before you put the clothing in storage. Otherwise, they might yellow and cause discoloration of your clothing. They could also trap moist air near your clothing, perpetuating mold growth. If you want to add an extra layer of protection to certain clothes, you can cover them in plain, acid-free, white tissue paper.

By following the tips above, you can increase the chance of your clothing emerging from self-storage in good shape. If you have any additional concerns, speak with the staff at the storage facility like North Star Mini Storage. They deal with people storing items of all varieties and can offer you spot-on advice that’s applicable to your unique situation.

If You Pay For A Storage Unit With Auto Pay, Don’t Lose Your Stored Belongings When Your Credit Card Expires

When lessees fail to make their monthly storage unit payments, storage companies are often allowed to auction or sell the contents of the unit. Many people set up automatic payments for their storage units that take the appropriate amount from their credit card each month. If you pay for a storage unit via auto pay, make sure you don’t forget to update your payment information when your credit card expires. If you do forget, you could miss payments — and potentially lose your possessions stored in the storage unit.

Failing to Pay Your Storage Unit’s Bill

When storage units’ accounts aren’t paid, they become delinquent and go through four stages. SpareFoot provides a general outline of what you can expect if you miss payments:

  1. Between five and 30 days after missing a payment, your account will go into default
  2. Once your account is in default, the storage company will attempt to notify you of the account’s standing
  3. Before auctioning the items in your unit, the storage company will post a public notice
  4. Between 30 and 90 days after your account went into default, the items in it may be auctioned off

(Specifically how long it takes for your account to progress through each stage will depend on the laws of the state your unit is located in.)

Bringing a Delinquent Account Current

At any time during the above steps, a delinquent account can be brought current — and an auction averted — by paying the past-due amount in full. (The past-due amount may include late fees and other charges, in addition to the unit’s monthly cost.) If you aren’t aware that your account is past-due, though, you won’t know to pay the balance before an auction or sale is scheduled.

Even though storage companies are required to send you a notification and post a public one before holding an auction or sale, it’s easy to miss these. As SpareFoot notes, many states let companies send notifications to lessees via email. It’s easy to accidentally delete or overlook an email. Additionally, public notifications may be posted online, likely on sites that you don’t regularly visit.

Set a Reminder for Yourself

Because it’s easy to miss notifications from a storage company, you should make a reminder for yourself to update your payment information when your credit card expires. If you never give your new card’s number, expiration date and security code to the storage company you use, they won’t be able to collect payment from you. They might try charging your old card, but the charges will be declined — and your account will go into default.

To avoid this, simply mark a date on your calendar to send your storage facility your new card information. If your card expires this year, put a note on the first of the month that your card expires in. For instance, if your credit card expires in May, make a note on May 1. That way, you’ll have a full month to change your payment information.

If your card doesn’t expire for a few years, and you expect to still have the storage unit when it does expire, make a note on the last day of your calendar. When you get a new calendar, the note will remind you to mark your new calendar on the appropriate date.

If you keep items in a self storage facility and pay for it through automatic payments, don’t miss payments when your credit card expires. Mark your calendar so you’ll remember to update your information. Your account won’t go into default, and you won’t risk losing your possessions.

5 Tips For Using A Self-Storage Unit To House Your Knitting Business

Many small business owners are turning to self-storage in order to house their company supplies and products. This allows business owners to grow slowly without entering a long-term lease that could either trap their business in a warehouse that is too small or put a financial strain on the business when sales are slow. If you are thinking about using self storage to house your yarn, supplies, and finished products for a handmade knitting or crochet business that you are starting, there are several things that you should keep in mind. 

Control Humidity and Temperature When Necessary

For most types of yarn, temperature is not an issue. However, excessive humidity can cause mold or mildew to grow in natural fibers and, if the temperatures fall below freezing, water in your yarn can freeze, breaking down the integrity of the fibers. If you live in a very humid area or an area with extreme temperatures, you may want to look into a climate controlled storage unit. However, if the humidity is mild, you may save some money by renting a basic storage unit and investing in quality storage boxes for your yarn instead. 

Create Stations for Raw Materials, Finished Projects, and Packaging 

When you are regularly using a storage unit for your business, it is important that you can easily access all of your supplies as soon as you open the door to your unit. If you have one unit, you may want to dedicate one wall to storing raw material, a second to storing finished projects, and a third to storing packing materials to send out your projects to customers. You may also want to create a small packing station  with scissors, tape, and a postage scale on a small workbench so you can quickly find a finished product and package it in the storage unit instead of taking it home to package it. 

If you are renting a larger space, you may want to set up a corner dedicated to photographing your work, with lights and backdrops for quality photographs. However, this will require you to rent a unit with access to electricity. 

Pack Against Moth Damage 

Just like at home, moths can become an issue in storage units. It is important to protect your yarn from them. Consider packing yarn into airtight containers, such as plastic bags or plastic storage bins. You can also keep a satchel of lavender, rosemary, mint, or thyme in each of your yarn bins to help repel moths

Create an Inventory System 

Having a large storage space will allow you to buy your favorite types of yarn when they are on sale and create more types of projects. However, it is important that you create an inventory system to make sure you have the required yarn available before you accept a custom order and to help make sure that you do not forget about past purchases that you have not used. Many storage centers offer inventory apps as part of their storage solutions. However, you may want to check out third party apps or apps specific to yarn stashes. Alternatively, you can make your own custom spreadsheet to track your inventory. 

Insure Your Inventory 

Having a large amount of yarn in one place can be a costly investment. Although yarn theft may not be as common as the theft of electronics, you should still get your inventory insured against flood and fire damage. This will protect you against any unfortunate incidents at the storage center. 

Self-storage can be useful for any beginning business. If you are in the craft industry and find your business is outgrowing your craft room, you can consider a storage unit to get some extra space at a low cost. 

4 Ways To Protect Your Self Storage Unit From Pests

When it comes to protecting your items from pests, there are numerous ways to go about accomplishing the task. However, when your items are in a self-storage unit, this does not mean you can always easily access them. Saving your items in your self storage unit from the onslaught of pests means going the extra mile and taking some preventative measures, as well. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn about four specific ways to protect your self storage unit from pests like mice and roaches.


It is imperative that you ensure that your self storage unit has a water and airtight seal placed across its entry ways. You should discuss this matter with the landlord of your storage unit to see if he or she will or can provide such measures for your storage unit; if not, then see if it is acceptable if you provide your own air and watertight seals for your storage unit. These seals are generally quite inexpensive and will make it difficult for larger pests, such as rodents like mice and rats, to invade your storage unit. Even some insects will find it difficult to reach your precious belongings with such measures installed.

Keep Plants Away From Units

Your storage units were not meant to house any sort of foliage, so keep everything green out of sight from your storage unit. Plants can easily house a number of pests that you were not expecting; this includes everything from insects (such as roaches) to spiders and rodents (particularly mice). Furthermore, even if the plant in question did not house such pests, the presence of foliage can attract pests into your storage unit and provides them with an excellent home where moisture and darkness can provide an adequate sense of belonging to such pests. 

Get Rid Of Moisture

Moisture acts as an impetus to allow pests to invade your home. Insects are very fond of moisture and will seek out places with moisture in order to find a home to make for themselves. Take the time to remove as much moisture as you can from the area surrounding your self storage unit. This means ensuring that the gutters are quite clean along the area around your storage unit, and the downspout from the gutter (from which water flows) is provided to an area that is not particularly close to your storage unit. Make sure that everything in your unit is tightly sealed such that moisture cannot find a place to rest on your belongings.

Keep Your Unit Clean

One of the biggest attractions that your storage unit provides to pests is a source of food. Pests generally do not consider the cleanliness of a home situation to be an issue at all; in fact, the dirtier an area, the more likely they are to find food scraps, crumbs, and the like. As such, it is imperative that you keep your storage unit as clean as possible. Take the time to remove any and all garbage that has collected in your storage unit and remember that your storage unit is not a receptacle for trash! Properly store trash outside of the unit. Make sure that all furniture that is stored in the unit has been properly cleaned and covered in order to curb the presence of pests.

Keeping your storage unit free of pests is not a particularly difficult task. It will take some work on your behalf, but hopefully, this brief article has given you some idea of how to rid your storage unit of anything that can attract those bothersome beasts!

For more information about storage, contact a company like National Self Storage – Denver.