Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to ditch the heavy winter coats, sweaters, and hats for shorts, t-shirts, and swimming suits. However, unless you have a spacious walk-in closet, rotating your wardrobe and storing out-of-season clothing can be a struggle. Properly storing winter clothing is essential for an organized and well-functioning space.

At Doorage, our door-to-door storage services are always available when you need to free up some space. Winter clothes take up a lot of space and our storage solutions are an affordable and convenient way to make room for your summer wardrobe. Simply estimate your storage needs and we’ll deliver the number of eco-friendly reusable storage crates you need to put your belongings into. Once packed up, we’ll pick up the storage containers, store them in our secure, climate-controlled storage facility, and deliver them back whenever you’re ready.

If you’re interested in our pick-up and drop-off storage solutions, get started by calculating your storage needs. Until then, our storage experts put together some ideas to make the most of your space as you learn the best way to store your winter clothes when you’re not wearing them.

Preparing Winter Clothes for Storage

Before you begin folding and storing your winter clothes, it is important to take the time to ensure they are first properly prepared so they look — and smell — pristine and are ready to go as the winter season approaches. Here are some great ways to prepare your winter clothes for storage.


1. Create a laundry pile

Even if your winter clothes don’t look dirty, you should make sure to clean them before storing them — it can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your clothes in pristine condition while they are in storage. Many types of winter clothing, such as cashmere sweaters, should be dry cleaned while others will need to be hand-washed. Storing dirty clothes, whether in a storage facility or attic, risks attracting moths and embedding a nearly-impossible-to-remove odor from the clothing after months have passed.

2. Block the stench, use deodorizers

The truth is, no matter where you store your clothes, there’s a chance that they will start to develop an unpleasant musty odor during the warm summer months when temperatures are sky-high. Adding deodorizers into the boxes and containers you will be storing your clothes in is worth the effort and will give you fresh-smelling clothes when you have a need for them again. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil into each box or container. If you don’t have essential oils, a few dryer sheets should do the trick.

Best Method for Storage: Folding or Hanging?

Many people wonder whether or not they should fold or hang certain types of clothing fabrics. As a rule of thumb, you’re safe to fold any pieces of clothing that are of natural fiber fabrics. Synthetic fabrics are a bit more delicate and should be carefully folded with acid-free tissue in between the folded areas. For others, consider the following:

  • Sweaters. Fold sweaters and place in plastic bins or fabric storage bags. Avoid cramming too many sweaters into one bin or container as mold and mildew could form.
  • Winter Coats. Winter jackets can take up a lot of space and be difficult to store. Zip up zippers, button up any buttons, and gently fold coats made of materials like leather, wool, or faux fur so they keep their shape.
  • Delicates. Before placed into boxes or containers, delicate winter clothes should be wrapped-up in acid-free tissue and stored in cotton garment bags to ensure they are fully protected while in storage.
  • Casual Clothing. Casual clothing is pretty easy to store, simply fold them or roll them up and place them in your storage box, bin, or container.
  • Shoes and Boots. Before putting boots and shoes of any kind into storage, you want to make sure they will be able to maintain their shape. Shoes can be packed with tissue paper, while boots should have boot forms. Boots should be stored on their sides with an old shirt or pillowcase in between each pair.

What to Store Winter Clothes In and Where

When it comes to storing your winter clothes, there are a lot of options available. Of course, you can use a pick-up storage service like Doorage, but if you have the available space you may be wondering what other options are available. While it’s tempting to use cardboard boxes to store winter clothes, they aren’t the best solution. Cardboard is both acidic and susceptible to water damage — it certainly isn’t the best solution for storing your winter clothes in. Instead, opt for clear plastic totes. Storing winter clothes inside sealed plastic totes that will prevent water damage and other mishaps. The containers can often slide underneath your bed, making it easy to get your winter clothes hidden and out of the way.

If you don’t have space in your closet or under your bed, you’ll need to get creative. Empty wall space can be used to slide and stack containers against or, for clothes that need to be hung, you can use an open or enclosed rolling clothing rack. Keep in mind, this will likely take up some valuable space in whichever room you are placing these items.

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Is It Safe to Store Clothes in the Attic or Garage?

Many wonder if storing winter clothing in their attic or garage is a good idea. Ideally, winter clothes need to be stored in a location that is cool, clean, dry, and preferably dark — these are the conditions you’ll find at Doorage’s state-of-the-art storage facility. These are important factors to consider when choosing where to store your clothes for the summer season. The attic and garage, while both seem like great places to store these items, are susceptible to extreme temperature fluctuations which can cause more harm than good to your clothing.


Confidently Store Your Winter Clothes

Use these tips to increase your confidence and peace of mind that your winter clothes will be protected during the offseason and ready to go when the temperatures start to fall once again. Remember, if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding storage for winter clothes, Doorage’s door-to-door storage services are the perfect solution. To learn more, click here.

Due to the coronavirus, which is forcing thousands of local college students to leave their campuses, Chicago-based Doorage Storage Solutions is focusing only on student storage needs and postponing any non-student storage or cross-country moves until after April 1.

Many college students in Chicago and its surroundings have been instructed to depart campus within a week, leaving them a short unexpected window to prepare.

All student orders will be 10 percent off by using the coupon code “students”. In addition, all student orders will receive free labor on pickup.

“We owe a majority of our success to the students and families of Chicago students,” said Doorage Founder/CEO Sean Sandona. “We understand they are in a difficult spot at this time and we felt it was our responsibility as a member of these communities to step up and return the favor. Our team will work around the clock for as long as we need to ensure no student is stuck with no place to put their belongings.”

The Chicago Tribune reported on Thursday “the University of Illinois System, Northwestern University and Illinois State University all announced that classes will be moved to online formats for several weeks in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, now deemed a pandemic.”

DePaul University President A. Gabriel Esteban told the Tribune on Wednesday “that campuses remain open, but final exams for winter quarter will not take place on campus and all university-sponsored events are postponed or canceled until further notice.”

“For spring quarter, classes will be delivered remotely ‘whenever possible,’ according to DePaul, and ‘students who live in residence halls should prepare not to return.’”

“At the University of Chicago, administrators said the school will continue offering classes as usual, noting it has access to virtual platforms should the situation escalate, according to a notification posted online Tuesday,” according to the Tribune.

Doorage has mobilized its teams and is prepared to handle all student storage needs in the Illinois and southern Wisconsin region. To accommodate all student needs, the company is currently not accepting orders for any local moves, non-student storage, or cross country moves.

Students and parents requiring storage can place an order online or through their customer support team at 833-366-7243, and Doorage has expanded hours to 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. The company also has added an additional delivery and pickup window of 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on top of our standard service windows.

“The Doorage family is grateful for the support students and parents have given our company since we launched over two years ago and are here to help in every way possible,” Sandona said.

Doorage Storage Solutions, which launched in 2017, serves Chicago and a 30-mile suburban radius, and last year expanded to Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. The full-service storage company, which has never lost a package and stores owners’ belongings in numerous 100,000-cubic-unit, Amazon-esque facilities, features several key components, including:

  • Owners never having to leave their home to store belongings. Doorage employees will pick up belongings and box them as well if customers request it. Doorage also will bring packing crates to customers’ homes.
  • Doorage charges by exact cubic volume consumed, instead of charging for a certain-sized storage rooms that usually aren’t filled completely
  • Customers can request specific items like a painting to be returned by Doorage employees by utilizing a user interface that shows every item in storage.
  • Price for customers will never increase as long as they are storing the belongings.