If you’ve ever pulled a hopelessly wrinkled shirt out of a drawer or had the shoulders of a favorite sweater stretched out by a hanger, you know how important it is to store your clothes right. The change in seasons is a good time to reassess your wardrobe and the way you store your clothes. So, keep on reading for our 4 practical ways to store clothes and make them last.
- Fold anything that can easily stretch out.
Anything that can easily stretch out, such as sweaters, knits, T-shirts, and sweats should be folded rather than hung, because folding puts less stress on these materials. Garments with delicate fibers like cashmere deserve special attention. So, think of placing a length of fresh tissue paper on top of a cashmere garment before folding to make the folds gentler, therefore, protecting the cashmere. Also, Sturdy items like denim, cords, and khakis could also be folded.
- Hang garments that wrinkle easily.
Garments that wrinkle easily like dresses, blouses, suits, button-down shirts and anything made of pure linen, are best kept on hangers. However, hanging them in the right way will also make a difference. Before hanging an item, check to see if it has hanging loops stitched inside as they’re there for a reason so use them. Looping the ribbons around the hanger’s hook takes some of the weight off the material, causing less pressure on the narrow part of the garment that’s touching the hanger. You may also choose to hang some of your shirts and pants where shirts should have their top button buttoned, while pants folded lengthwise hung over a hanger rod to help the garment hold its shape.
- Store the off-season clothes.
Choose a storage space that’s clean, stays cool and dry. Before choosing storage, consider whether you might want to retrieve any items between seasons. If that’s the case, try to find a place removed from the current season’s clothes yet still accessible, like in under-bed storage drawers or a dresser in a hall closet. Also, canvas hanging bags are a good choice for keeping off-season swimwear, dresses, suits, and crop tops. Keep in mind that plastic storage won’t allow the material to breathe that can trap moisture and molds.
- Choose the right storage containers for your clothes.
Remember, clothes made of natural fibers likes to breathe, but it also needs some protection from dust and bugs. While air-vacuumed plastic storage bags work for some items, they can squash your clothes which don’t make sense if there’s a chance you’ll want to wear the item between seasons. Sturdy canvas storage boxes, which come in various sizes are good for storing sweaters, tees and jeans, and most come with a slot for placing a label of the contents. On the contrary, plastic tubs can trap moisture in warm climates and don’t allow natural fibers to breathe though they’re good bug-proof solution. By considering our guidelines, you’ll be able to make your clothes last.