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I need to find a way to store DSs clothes that are too small. Right now they are in the basement in a plastic space bag, but I'm afraid they'll get mildewy down there. (I just took a comforter out of storage and it stunk and had mold spots on it!)

Could I store them in a large tupperware container or a cardboard box? Any suggestions to prevent mold/mildew?

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was the comforter in a space bag too? i didn't know that mold and mildew could get into a space bag. what a disappointment - i just purchased 6 of them to use for long term storage (to be placed in our built in robes though). :
with cardboard, i think mice can eat thier way into the box. a large tupperware container sounds like the best thing to me.
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i'd think if it was damp to begin with (like basements in summer can be) the plastic would hold moisture in and breed mildew. Do you have a dehumidifier?

I store erin's old clothes in cardboard bankers boxes. It worked well for her itty clothes, now I need like 2-3 to cover 2T. But so far it no mold (and i just had the NB stuff out to figure out what we needed for the new babe).

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was the comforter in a space bag too? i didn't know that mold and mildew could get into a space bag. what a disappointment - i just purchased 6 of them to use for long term storage
Yup, the comforter was in there, but I didn't suction out all of the air like you're supposed to. Maybe that's why it didn't work. :LOL And we have had some water in our basement after a heavy rain, so the bag was probably collecting moisture.

Maybe I'll try to suck the air out..or try the tupperware.
The cardboard boxes look pretty small, as the pp said.
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When I store in boxes, I always line it with a large garbage bag and tape shut. But it's a good point to make sure it's extra dry whether in the machine or preferably out in the sun. I've also been storing seasonal clothing in very large suitcases, also lined in plastic bags but I guess lining with old sheets would also be fine if you have a dry basement.
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I've heard of things mildewing in thoses plastic suction bags. I store out of season clothes in under the bed boxes and so far no problem.

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I am dissapointed to hear that mold can grow in the space bag, I had high hopes for those things. What about tossing a dessicant pack in with your clothes, like those silica packs that come in new shoe boxes. Maybe that would prevent mildew. I believe that silica gel is available at craft stores for drying out flowers. The dessicant should absorb any moisture remaining in the bag when it is sealed.
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I store erin's old clothes in cardboard bankers boxes. It worked well for her itty clothes, now I need like 2-3 to cover 2T. But so far it no mold (and i just had the NB stuff out to figure out what we needed for the new babe).
I use (banker and copier) boxes too. One size/season/sex per box and only one box so that I declutter at the same time. I've been using them for like 9 years and have not had a problem with mold or mice or anything.

I store my fabric stash in plastic boxes, no problems there either. We do have a pretty dry basement, maybe that is it?
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