Most people have a large supply of clothing, shoes, outerwear, and accessories that are not worn all through the year. These items are easily hung, folded, and stored in closets and dressers, but many people run out of space for all of their garments and accessories. Therefore, having a second (or third, or fourth) closet for all your items can seem like a dream. However, renting a self-storage unit can make this dream of reality. If you are cleaning out your closets and are in need of additional space, use this guide to store your clothing and accessories.

Organize Seasonally

First and foremost, you will need to decide how you want to organize your garments in storage. In most cases, organizing items by the season is the most effective and efficient option, since you will not need to wear certain things at certain times of the year.

For example, in the spring, pack away all of your fall and winter items. These items will not be worn throughout spring and summer so that you can store them away. If you are in the process of cleaning your closets in the fall season, pack away all of your spring and summer items in storage.

You should only keep the current and upcoming season's clothes and accessories in the closets inside your home. Then, switch out the items from your storage unit every other season.

Pack Properly

Hanging everything up on bars and packing into boxes may seem like the easiest solution for packing your clothes and accessories. Unfortunately, this ease of packing will not keep your items safe and organized.

Make sure all items are laundered first. This will ensure your clothes are stored away in a clean manner, so they are ready to wear, but it will also prevent stains and discoloration from setting in permanently while in storage.

Avoid cardboard boxes, since insects and moisture can seep through this material. Your best option is to use clear, weathertight storage totes. These totes will allow you to see the interior contents while keeping them safe from high and low temperatures in addition to dust and pests.

Control Climate

A climate-controlled storage unit may cost more in rental fees, but it is a smart investment for keeping your clothing and accessories safe.

Leather, suede, and other fabrics are too delicate for storage units that are not heated and cooled. Without heating and cooling the unit during the different seasons, your belongings will be at risk of damage.

For example, leather can dry out, affecting the look, feel, and fit of leather shoes and jackets. Also, climate-controlled storage will keep humidity levels at a healthy level of around 55 percent. If humidity becomes too high, the moisture can increase the risk of mold growth and pest infestation.

Using a self-storage facility as your second closet is smart for your home and sanity. This guide will help you organize, pack, and store your clothing, shoes, handbags, outerwear, and other accessories in a safe and functional manner. For more information, contact a company like East "O" Street Self Storage LLC.