When it comes to your clothes, there are numerous storage options available to you throughout your home. You could go with the classic choice of either a dresser or a closet, or maybe you’re looking to maximize space and use a couple of those super cool vacuum seal bags you’ve seen on TV. No matter how you choose to store your clothes, the most important thing to keep in mind is always whether or not it is going to be a safe environment for them, and one place that can be disastrous for certain clothing items in your attic. Here’s a quick look at the types of clothes that should never be stored in your attic.

Why Are Attics Bad Places For Clothing?

First, let’s look at exactly why attics are not the best places to store certain clothing items. Attics are usually warmer than the rest of the house since they have less airflow and are not air-conditioned during the summertime. This creates the perfect environment for moisture to thrive, which leads to the growth of mould and mildew. More moisture means there’s more of a chance your clothing will be damaged. Attics are also prone to more extreme conditions such as being affected by severe weather and being a hotspot for dust, mites, etc.

What Should Never Go In The Attic?

Now that we’ve covered why the attic can be a harmful place for clothing, let’s take a closer look at what types of clothes should definitely be stored elsewhere. First and most obvious is fashionable, expensive, and designer label clothing items. If you shelled out a wad of cash for a jacket, or sweater, or what have you, you are going to want to keep it in your closet instead.

If there is any clothing item that is special to you, whether it belonged to your younger self or to a relative, then you’ll want to also make sure it is not stored in the attic. Remember that any clothing you store in an attic is much more susceptible to damage. Off-season clothing items are also a bad choice for attic storage, seeing as it will be pretty unfortunate to get your summer shorts and t-shirts out of storage after winter only to find that they have been heavily damaged thanks to excess moisture and mould. Lastly, any clothing items you were planning on donating should not be stored in the attic; you want to make sure these clothes are in the best condition possible when you donate them to a charity.

What If I Have No Choice?

If you’re out of options and you have no more closet or dresser space, then it may be the case that you need to use the attic after all. Any clothing items that have no other place to go should be carefully wrapped in plastic, individually and not bundled together; this will protect them from moisture. Also, you should put your wrapped clothing items into storage containers to keep them from bugs and being in direct sunlight.