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Old 08-25-2006, 03:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Even though we have tried to get rid of a lot of outgrown clothes, we still have quite a few boxes of things we need to keep until we are done having children (we keep gender-neutral PJ's, winter coats, pre-walker shoes that show very little wear, clothes homemade by my Mom and me, etc). Plus there's boxes with clothes I have bought ahead for next season, plus a box of clothes from last season that I have to hang onto in case some of them still fit the following year. I am using those clear Sterilite boxes. I know it's been mentioned before, about clothes starting to yellow after being stored for a while. I've had this happen before, to some of dd's newborn clothes (which is what prompted me to start giving away stuff rather than keeping it). So far the rest of the stuff is okay, but I was wondering if even cardboard would be better since it's not airtight. Or does that just introduce other problems?

I can't really afford expensive storage solutions but was wondering if there's an alternative to what I'm doing that might help the clothes last longer.
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Cardboard boxes are worse for discoloring, because they are not acid-free. I have had a lot of stains re-appear on clothes that were invisable when the clothes were clean and packed away. The best would be something cloth I think. Cloth can't ruin cloth can it? Plastic can get expensive (and it's...well, plastic!) and cardboard really isn't the best for long term.
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If I could afford it each closet shelf would be filled with cloth-lined baskets to hold the different sizes of clothes that we are storing. I think that would be cute. For some reason, even though they are uniform, all those sterilite boxes bother me. I think it's because they are clear and you can see all the different colors through them. Maybe I should cover the outsides with cute wrapping paper or something like that...

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I couldn't afford Sterilite boxes when I started boxing kids clothes, so I use cardboard produce boxes from the grocery store. That the apples and lemons come in. I put the clothes in plastic bags, then the bags in the boxes. I've had a few stains, but not many. And DD's clothes have been in storage for 4 years now.
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I use the big green/blue sterlite storage totes. I have had stuff discolor though. But, I will only store in plastic since, some are in the garage and some in attic crawl space. Both prime spots for mice, I don't want them chewing thru cardboard.

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I have big rubbermaid tubs (the ones that go on sale all the time at Target).

I line the inside w/newsprint, put in all the clothes, put a sheet of newsprint on top, put a dryer sheet in there, close it up and label it. I know that plastic isn't the best, but we've been known to get water in the basement where we store things and I'd rather not dig through moldy clothes & falling apart boxes because I didn't realize that the basement had leaked at some point.

All good clothes (suits, dresses, skirts, childrens dress clothes) are hanging in a canvas "wardrobe". There are 2 dryer sheets lying at the bottom of that just because I really like the smell of dryer sheets.:
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I use plastic sterlite boxes, because I don't want any little bugs getting in.
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Ours are in Sterilite/Rubbermaid clear boxes in our attic. I like that I can stack them nicely and see through them. I wrote the size/contents of each one on a piece of paper and placed it inside so that you can see the writing through the side of the box.

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