You invest in your clothing and accessories and quality pieces aren’t cheap, so making sure they remain in good shape is worth the time and effort.
There are a lot of things you can do to care for your favourite pieces so that they stay in pristine condition and are ready to wear when you want them. Taking care of them will ensure they last longer, look better and ultimately, that will save you time and money. Who doesn’t want that?
Put things away
Having a well organized closet is a great first step to caring for your clothes. I already wrote about ‘Creating a Closet You Love’, so give that a read (or re-read!) for details on how to create space for all of your pieces, including decluttering, separating seasons and organizing your accessories.
Once you have the closet under control, care of your clothes and accessories is really more a function of good habits:
- Hang them, fold them or drop your clothes in the hamper… every single day. Don’t leave a pile sitting on the floor. Don’t drape them over every available piece of furniture so that you can’t find them again and when you do, they are wrinkled and musty. It takes two seconds to hang up that which can be worn again, rather then having to spend 10-20 minutes searching and then ironing/steaming your clothing.
- Put clean clothes away, right away. It’s too easy to let them pile up after they come out of the dryer or off the line until the pile becomes almost overwhelming. Remember that even young kids can get started on the habit of putting away their clean laundry. ( I fooled mine with colorful laundry baskets and created kid friendly clothing storage systems) Folding might be an issue for a few years, but good habits start early, so take a deep breath and go for it!
My favourite tips & tricks to care for clothes
There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of amazing tips for ways you can care for your clothes but here are just a few of my favourites:
Tip #1 – Freeze your Jeans
If you want to keep jeans odour free but not to wash them too often, which leads to fading and sagging, pop them in a plastic bag and into the freezer for two days. This will zap any smells and you can extend their wearability between washes. Wondering how to elongate the life of your jeans? The check out this post.
Tip #2 – Rayon Wrinkles When Wet, if Rung
First, say that title three times, as fast as you can. Okay, that was just for fun. Seriously though, never wring out rayon either. If you hang a rayon garment to dry without removing excess water, gravity will take care of any wrinkles for you but keep the shape of your clothing intact.
Tip #3- Hang Leather with Shapes in Mind
Hanging your favourite leather jacket on a wire hanger isn’t ideal – it will stretch and take the shape of whatever you hang it on, so it’s best to find a hanger that is well shaped and wide enough to support your favourite jacket.
Tip #4 – Don’t Wring Cashmere
If you have spoiled yourself with some cashmere, wash it by hand sparingly and never, ever wring it out to remove the excess water. Instead, put it in the salad spinner and give it a whirl or two. (I know it sounds crazy, but give it a try!) No spinner handy? Lay it flat and blot it with a towel.
Tip #5 – If you Have a Swimsuit You Adore, Guard it with Your Life
A little dramatic perhaps, but if you’ve ever spent a whole day trying on swimsuits, you’ll know what I mean.
- Rinse it out every time you use it – no need for detergent every single time: the idea is simply to rid it of pool chemicals, salt, chlorine, sunscreen or dirt.
- Gently squeeze out excess water – don’t wring it.
- Place it in the shade or indoors to dry – direct sunlight will just fade the colours and can even break down the strength of the fabrics.
Do you have something in your closet that you’re wondering how to take care of to maintain it for years to come? Drop me a line! Or leave a comment below! You never know: you’re question might find itself in another blog post soon!