Having a shed on your property is a great way to add convenient storage space that may be just steps from your home. This is far more appealing than renting a storage unit somewhere around town, which would require you to get in the car every time you wanted something – not to mention the ongoing monthly expense of the rental.
While you might think first about using a shed to store things like a lawnmower and other landscaping tools, the potential of this space is far greater. In fact, you might even be able to use your shed to store clothes, as long as you have the right plan for doing so successfully.
Step #1: Know Your Enemies
Properly storing your clothes in a shed comes down to knowing what threats those clothes will face while in storage. If you understand the risks, you can pick a storage method to keep trouble at bay and ensure your clothes remain in good condition until you are ready to use them again. With that in mind, let’s look at the three primary threats you’ll need to mitigate when storing your clothes in a shed.
You don’t want your clothes to get wet while in storage. They should be completely dry when you put them into storage, and you should pack them up to ensure they stay dry day after day. If the garments get wet, you will likely face mold problems, which would ruin the affected clothes, and you’d have no choice but to throw them out. Any adequate clothes storage strategy is going to prioritize keeping moisture away. Wait until clothes have cooled after using a dryer because sometimes, the heat can make us mistake clothes for being dry when they aren’t!
If you have a shed in your yard, a few little critters will likely come poking around occasionally. And, if those critters make their way into the shed, they’ll probably look for food or a place to hide out and be comfortable. Your clothing would make a cozy bed, so it is an ideal target for any critters who make it inside. Good clothes storage adds a layer of defense between your clothes and the critters so that no damage occurs, and you won’t be in for an unwelcome surprise later on.
Direct sunlight can also threaten clothes for sheds with a window or sheds where the front door is open frequently. The sun’s power can degrade the condition of your garments and cause them to fade from their true color.
How to Store Clothes in a Shed
So, knowing the three threats above, what is the right solution for clothes storage in a shed? Black plastic storage totes are the way to go. With a firmly-attached lid, these totes will address all the issues we’ve highlighted. A good tote is going to lock out any moisture that is in the air, it will keep critters from getting in, and the black color will block the sun’s rays and prevent UV damage. As a bonus, these totes are easy to stack, and you should be able to pack many clothing items in a relatively small shed.
Other Storage Possibilities
Unless you have a lot of clothes to store, there will probably be room left in your shed for some other things. If you want to move different items from your house out into the shed for storage, keep these tips in mind.
Many of the same risks for clothes apply to furniture, so protect it with plastic before putting it into the shed. Of course, you won’t be able to fit furniture into a bin, but you can use large rolls of stretch wrap to cover each item and limit the risk of damage.
You’ll need a rather large shed to store a mattress, but if you have that kind of space available, look into the possibility of getting a mattress storage bag to keep it in good condition. One thing you’ll want to avoid is stacking up anything else on top of the mattress – that kind of ongoing pressure on the bed will leave it far less supportive when you are ready to use it again.
As one of the trickiest items to store safely, you must pack mirrors carefully to avoid breaking them in the shed. As a starting point, run some tape across the mirror diagonally, and then wrap the whole thing in bubble wrap to limit the chances of breakage. Finally, use cardboard over the bubble wrap to cover the corners and place the mirror in a spot that is unlikely to be disturbed.
American Carports Has You Covered
While most of your clothes are sure to continue living in your closet, having an extra space like a shed for seasonal items or things you don’t wear very often is a nice bonus. Work with American Carports, Inc. today to create a versatile shed solution for all your storage needs.
At American Carports, Inc., we offer fully-customizable, affordable sheds built to withstand the test of time. Get started with our Build & Price tool, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need assistance. We hope to work with you soon!