Happy Monday blog friends!
The title for this post sounds funny. But, here we are! We’ve covered shoes and purses, and now it’s time to move on to actual clothing. As I did with the shoe edition, I’ve included a section at the bottom with general tips that can apply to most clothing. Since there’s lots to discuss, I won’t waste any time getting started!
Dresses: Dresses have to be my favourite kind of clothing. I just love how you can throw one on and not have to fuss with finding the perfect pants and shirt that match (#firstworldproblems). Extra care needs to be taken to ensure your dresses stay their prettiest. It goes without saying that MOST dresses should be hung up with as much breathing room as you can afford to give them. However, if a dress is delicately knitted or a bit heavier, avoid hanging them up. Instead fold them and store them away to avoid having the shoulders being misshapen by coat hangers.
Skirts: Skirts are my second favourite clothing item. I generally hang up my skirts with coat hangers that have pant clips on them. If you’re worried about getting crimp lines where the hangers are (and hate ironing, like myself), place little bits of tissue paper or folded up paper towel between the garment and the hanger to help prevent this (demonstrated below).
Pants: I prefer to nicely fold my jeans and place them on a shelf rather than hang them up. This is two-fold. Primarily, if your jeans are black or blue, you run the risk of die rubbing off on light coloured clothing hanging nearby. Secondly, your pants may begin to stretch out around the band from hanging. With dress pants, I always hand them up because they crease easily and continual ironing will eventually begin to wear them down. PRO TIP: Put your white and light coloured jeans in a zip-lock bag to prevent colour from transferring onto them from your darker jeans. TRUST.
T-shirts and Cotton Tops: When it comes to t-shirts and any cotton shirts, I always prefer to fold them. Cotton is quite prone to stretching, so lets not help gravity do its thing.
Sweaters: How I store sweaters depends on the type of sweater that it is. If it’s something knitted, delicate, or important to me, I tend to fold it to ensure it keeps it’s shape. If it’s a cardigan, an athletic sweater or something a bit sturdier, then it gets hung up.
Don’t throw your clothes in a pile on the floor. I know, I know, I sound like your mother and it kills me a bit inside. However, if you’re trying to get the most mileage from your clothes (and I know you are because nobody wants to repurchase the same thing twice), then taking care of them is really important. Hang up things that need to be hung up, and fold things that need to be folded rather than throwing them on the floor where they can get easily stepped on and ruined.
Keep clothes away from the sun. This has been a running theme in this whole series. Sunlight does not play nicely with your shoes/bag/clothes. Even leaving a sweater out on the back of your chair with the sun beating down for a few days is enough to discolour it.
Go through your clothes every few months and move them around. In addition to helping you decide what to get rid of, doing this ensures that your clothes get to breathe a little rather than spending years in the same position, making them prone to discolouring and irreversible fold lines.
There you have it! Those are my general tips for storing your clothes. I’m planning on doing a “hack your closet” post with some of my secret tips soon, so stay tuned for that! Check out my posts on shoe and purse care if you haven’t already, and don’t forget to sign up for e-mail notifications at the bottom of the page!
See you Thursday!