It’s one thing to keep things hung and folded in your closet, but it’s another to actually take care of it. If you realize it or not, you spend a lot of money on your things so you should make sure you’re properly caring for them. I came up with 12 tips on what you can do to better care for your wardrobe. I hope you find them helpful! :)
1) Don’t hang your knits!
T-shirts, sweaters, tanks…always fold knits. When you hang them there is a lot of weight (esp. sweaters) put on the hanger which causes unattractive bumps in the shoulders that are very difficult to get rid of.
2) Iron/Steam your clothes.
Other than pajamas, there is not much worse than going out in public in wrinkly clothing. Not only does it look bad, it makes you look lazy. Take the time to iron your pants. Which brings me to…
3) Hang your dress pants.
This helps to keep them wrinkle free. It’s also best to hang them from the pant legs Which also brings me to…
4) Hem your pants if they’re too long.
This kind of goes along with wrinkly clothing. If your pants are too long that you’re walking on them and they’re tattered, it makes you look lazy…and also, sloppy. Since dress pants are generally worn in the work environment, if they’re too long and tattered, it will give off the message that you don’t take yourself seriously, so why should anyone else?
5) Take care of your shoes.
This means a few things. First, if you have the space, keep their boxes and use them to store your shoes. Second, keep them polished and pretty! Third, take them in for repairs if necessary. Seperating soles don’t look too great-but make sure you’re not taking in any cheap shoes for repair. Not only do shoe cobblers dislike repairing cheap shoes, it probably also costs the same amount to repair as it did to purchase the cheapies. Buy good shoes-which (unfortunately) usually are not inexpensive.
6) Use a lint brush.
You don’t want to look like you were just rolling around on the floor with Fluffy.
7) Pay attention to care labels!
This is so important. There is a reason care labels are on your clothing. First of all, they have to be…kind of like nutrition labels. But also because it’s to help you take care of your garments properly. Your clothes’ lives will be prolonged if you do. Here’s a little run-down on certain fibers and how they should be cared for:
Silk- Must be dry cleaned. Do not wash. Do not dry.
Wool- Can be washed-better to hand wash. Cannot be dried- you will end up with a miniature.
Cashmere- Hand wash, lay flat. Do not dry. It will shrink, and start to pill.
Rayon- The man made silk. Most labels will tell you to dry clean rayon, except it can be hand washed, and not dried.
Linen-Can be hand washed. Do not dry.
Here’s a good little guide found on Pinterest on care labels and their different symbols.
8) Use good hangers.
Wooden hangers or huggable hangers are decent ones. Plastic are okay, but definitely not the wire hangers you get back from the dry cleaner. They will not hold up your clothes the way a hanger should. Personally, I also believe since the wire isn’t very sturdy that they tend to make your garments look shop worn faster.
9) Treat stains immediately.
There are a lot of stain remedies out there. And it’s really important that once you drop that dollop of ketchup you run to a sink fast. Otherwise, the stain will start to set and it will be harder to remove than if you go after it right away. Here are just a few common stains and their remedies:
Oil/butter- pour some baby powder over it, let it sit and treat with an oil based soap. Oil removes oil. I like to use just a basic liquid dish soap.
Coffee- blot with water and a detergent. A couple drops of vinegar will also help.
Wine- Pour salt over the stain, let it soak in, and then use a stain remover spray before throwing in the washing machine or hand washing.
Ink- wet, spray with aerosol hairspray and blot it again. Use stain remover before laundering.
Ketchup- Soak. I’ve found that a basic bar soap-like Ivory- works well when you rub it on the soaked stain, and then gently scrub with an old toothbrush.
10) Spray your shoes with Silicone spray.
This works as a water repellant and can be sprayed on most any kind of material that shoes are made from. For winter especially, make sure you spray your boots. It will help with salt marks, but will also help keep them from wearing really badly.
11) Keep your leathers and wools in cloth garment bags.
You should never keep either in plastic garment bags because the plastic will dry out your leathers and the moths will more easily get to your wools. Which brings me to…
12) Keep the moths away!
Moth balls stink! A better alternative to combating moths is (both keeping things in garment bags, but also) using cedar chips. Target has these great cedar rounds that you can hang on the hangers of your garments.