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After all of the months, and years, of preparing, it’s finally here!  As college move-in day approaches, parents recognize the reality of having their student actually head off to college.  Somehow, you know your student will eventually get packed, you will manage to fit everything in the car, and your student will finally end up settled in his room. But the process may seem daunting.

6 Tips for Storing Seasonal Clothes

When the seasons start to change, our wardrobe must change with it as well. The sweaters, coats, gloves, hats, and thermals we depended on for warmth are all thrown into the nearest container and tossed into some out of the way place. Or, if we do not want any nasty surprises next time the temperature drops, we take the time to store our clothing properly. Whether it’s at a public storage unit or simply in your basement, we have 6 helpful tips to ensure the safety of your clothes. A little effort when you pack the clothing will make a big difference when it is time to unpack for a new season.

Clean all outfits thoroughly before packing.

Now is the best time to remove stains.  Any stains left on clothing will only darken and become worse during storage. Cleaning the clothes also means that insects will be less likely to take up residence in your sweaters. Most clothing just needs to be washed normally or dry cleaned according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Use the right storage.

Plastic storage containers can be used for storing clothes, although if any bug larvae are in the clothing, they will have a feast. Cardboard boxes can be used for temporary storage. Make sure you use new clean boxes to avoid staining and insects. Even then be aware that cardboard boxes can attract bugs. One of the best storage containers is an unused suitcase that has been thoroughly cleaned. Line containers with acid free tissue. It may be possible to pack the clothes in plastic storage containers although trapped moisture can be an issue depending on the storage conditions.

Don't hang everything.

Although it may be tempting, do not hang sweaters or other knit items that can become misshapen by long term hanging. Many a good sweater has been stretched beyond repair. Instead carefully fold the items and place into the storage container. Stack your folded items from the lightest items on top to the heaviest items on bottom. Stacking items loosely will allow air to keep circulating, even during a long storage.

If you hang items, use caution.

If you do choose to hang items, utilize all of the extra hanging loops to keep the clothing from becoming misshapen. Wrap the clothing in something breathable (i.e. fabric). Make sure the clothing has enough room to have air circulate. This will keep down the risk of mildew and mold. It will also keep the clothing from wrinkling and creasing during storage. I do not recommend storing clothes in plastic bags. The bags do not allow the clothes to breathe enough.

Remember Clean, Cool, Dark, and Dry.

Your storage area must be all 4 of these in order to protect your clothing. Clean any area thoroughly before storing. Choose a place that is not likely to be exposed to heat. Avoid areas near heating sources. A dark place will prevent fading and keep the area and clothing cool. Make sure the storage area is dry because wetness will attract mildew and insects.

Check on your storage.

Don't abandon your stored clothing into oblivion. Regularly check on items to make sure that there are no issues. When you are ready to pull clothing out of storage, clean all items before wearing them. Inspect your storage containers to make sure that they are free from cracks, stains, or damage as well. Before you store items again, some storage containers may need to be replaced. Be sure to buy storage containers that will work well with your storage.

It is time to move again and you want to make sure that everything gets to its next destination in as good condition as when it left. Whether things are being moved to an American Self-Storage Unit or from storage to your new living space, you want everything in perfect shape so you can get started on unpacking and decorating. Some types of items that take particular care are posters, pictures, and prints. Want to move that beautiful framed family portrait to the new house? That giant blockbuster movie poster? Or maybe some prints of a classic art piece? Follow these helpful tips and you'll ensure that everything is safe and sound.

Posters are usually thought of as an easy item to move. However mistakes can still be made, so follow these tips to keep them in pristine condition.

  1. Rubber band method – The simplest method is to just roll up the poster into a tube and wrap them with rubber bands. However this does not provide any protection, and the poster often slips out of shape if the bands are not tied tightly.
  2. Mailing Tubes – These cardboard tubes with plastic end caps are a great way to store multiple posters and prints. The rigid tubes will keep them in shape and protect them from minor damages. Be sure NOT to put posters in loosely, wrap them tighter than the diameter of the tube for better protection.
  3. Document Tubes – These tubes typically made of plastic or leather are basically large reusable mailing tubes with a strap for carrying. These can be useful if you plan to self-move.
  4. Drawing Portfolios – The first three methods both work, but can make the poster out of shape from repeated rolling, leading to damage in the long run. Portfolios are made of sturdy wood and cardboard. They are designed to keep artwork flat for storage and moving, perfect for getting your piece from A to B.

Pictures and Frames
Artwork tends to be less heavy and takes up less space when moving. Certain pieces can also be very valuable, so self-moving can be a safe option to consider. Depending on their size, artwork may easily fit into your car and be safer in your hands than in a moving truck filled with other items. However that alternative may not always be feasible so follow these tips if you do have to use movers.

  1. Cover the glass with tape – Put painter's tape in a grid or x shape in case the glass breaks during moving. The tape will stick the cracked pieces together and prevent them from falling out and from scratching the artwork underneath. Luckily broken glass would be much easier to fix that a torn canvas or broken frame.
  2. Pad the frame – Covering picture frames in some sort of protection will help them survive the move. Specially designed cardboard covers can be placed on each of a frame's corners. Additionally bubble wrap should be placed all over the work for extra cushioning. Padding the button of the box with newspaper is a good backup as well.
  3. Use a box only slightly larger than the frame – Getting the right size box will ensure that the painting does not slide around much during moving. Try looking at postal or moving websites for specifically shaped boxes. If you can't find the right size, pad the empty space with newspaper or bubble wrap.
  4. Place the picture tightly in between other boxes – Since pictures and paintings are typically thin, wedge them in between larger boxes that won't move around. Making them snugly fit means less chance of them falling over or getting crushed. Be sure to place them on their side, not flat so they better absorb pressure.
  5. Consider moving insurance – For very costly or treasured pieces, try appraising their value first. Getting moving insurance for expensive works may be worth it just to be safe.