The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide to Storing Your Clothes

The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide to Storing Your Clothes


What’s the best way to store clothing? You want to ensure that when it’s time to bring them out again, they are as fresh and fabulous as the day you stored them away!

In this guide we’ll  explore how to store your garments effectively and safely.

Step 1 – Clean Slate

First things first, clean your clothes before storage. It might seem like a chore, but this step is crucial!

Dirt, oils, and even unseen stains can become permanent if left untreated for months. Plus, they are invitations to pests.

Helpful Tip: Lavender bags can not only repel moths but also leave your clothes smelling fresh!

Step 2 – Sorting Strategy

Be strategic about what you store. Not all clothes are created equal, and not all deserve a spot in your off-season archive.

Evaluate each piece for its condition, frequency of use, and sentimental value.

This is also a great opportunity to declutter. Remember, the less you store, the less you have to worry about later!

How to store different clothes

Step 3 – Material Matters

Different materials require different care.


Breathable, durable, and versatile. Cotton is prone to mold and mildew if stored in damp conditions.

  • Clean thoroughly before storing to remove any oils or stains.
  • Use plastic bins with tight-fitting lids to protect against pests and moisture.
  • Place cotton garments in cool, dry places. For longer term storage you may want to consider wrapping them in acid-free tissue paper.


Resilient, and naturally resistant to wrinkles. It’s a favorite target for moths and can be damaged by improper storage.

  • Ensure as thorough cleaning to remove any body oils or residues that attract pests.
  • Avoid hanging woolen garments for long periods, as this can distort their shape.
  • Store wool in breathable cotton garment bags.
  • Cedar blocks or lavender sachets can provide natural protection against moths.


Luxurious and smooth, silk is sensitive to light and moisture, and can yellow or weaken if not stored correctly.

  • Always clean silk before storage.
  • Avoid plastic bags which can trap moisture. Instead, use natural fabric bags. For longer term storage wrap your silk items in acid-free tissue paper before storing.
  • Store in a dark, dry place to prevent fading and moisture damage.
  • Silk should be rolled or laid flat to avoid creasing.


Leather is durable and flexible, but it requires care to maintain its texture and color. It can dry out, crack, or mold if not stored properly.

  • Leather should be stored in a cool, well-ventilated area.
  • Cover with a breathable cloth cover, such as cotton, to protect from dust while allowing air circulation.
  • Avoid folding leather; instead, hang it on padded hangers to maintain shape.
  • Consider a leather conditioner before storage to keep it supple.


Known for its cool, airy texture, linen is prone to wrinkling and can lose its crispness if stored under pressure.

  • Clean linen thoroughly as it’s prone to mildew.
  • Iron linen before storing to remove wrinkles, then roll or lay flat in a storage box.
  • Avoid plastic, as it doesn’t breathe, and store in a cool, dry place.

Synthetic Fibers (Polyester, Nylon, Acrylic)

Synthetic fibers are generally more resistant to pests and mold but can retain odors and stains, which become harder to remove over time.

  • Ensure synthetic garments are clean and dry.
  • Can be folded and stored in plastic bins, but it’s wise to include silica gel packets to absorb any moisture and prevent mildew.
  • Synthetics are less prone to creasing, making them easier to store in tighter spaces.

Step 4 – The Right Container

Choosing the right storage container can make all the difference.

Plastic bins are great for most items, but ensure they are clean, dry, and well-sealed.

For more delicate items, consider special storage boxes or bags that allow airflow to prevent moisture buildup.

Acid-free tissue paper can prevent creasing and help maintain the shape of your clothes.

Step 5 – Location, Location, Location

The place where you store your clothes can impact their condition.

Avoid basements and attics if possible, as they can be prone to dampness or extreme temperature changes.

A cool, dry, and dark place is ideal to prevent fading and keep your clothes in pristine condition.

Step 6 – Hang or Fold?

This age-old question has a simple answer: it depends on the fabric.

Hang garments that are prone to wrinkling, like dresses and suits, in breathable garment bags.

For knitwear and t-shirts, folding is preferable to avoid stretching.

Rolling items instead of folding can save space and prevent creases!

Step 7 – Check-In

Periodically check on your stored clothes to ensure they are safe from pests and moisture. It’s also a good time to refresh any deterrents like lavender bags or cedar blocks.

We recommend checking on your stored clothes every 6-9 months.

What about vacuum bags?

Vacuum sealing is not ideal for all clothes as it can crush the fibers of certain fabrics, altering their shape and appearance.


By following these simple yet effective steps, you can ensure that your wardrobe stays fresh, fabulous, and ready to go season after season!

The biggest takeaway we’ve found with storing clothes is that you need to wash and dry them thoroughly before storage to reduce the risk of attracting pests like moths.

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Disclaimer: The advice provided in this blog post is meant for general informational purposes only. Always refer to the care instructions provided by the manufacturer for your specific items.

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