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We may not think about it, but storing our clothes properly not only makes our daily lives easier - so we can see through and use them easily - but can also have a positive impact on their lifespan. Let's look at some useful ideas that can be easily implemented at little cost and with just a simple reorganization:
There are some opinions that depending on the type of garment, different hangers should be used: for heavier fabrics, a wooden one for coats, a thicker one for light, slippery fabrics, a thin one coated with an anti-slip material. Indeed, this can be a consideration, but for practicality, we prefer a thin anti-slip, e.g. velvet-coated, which fits more in the wardrobe and if they all look the same, gives a nice, uniform look.
Which can be useful if you're short on space and have a lot of hanging clothes: hanging shorter clothes underneath each other on a hanger, either with a specially designed tool or even hanging the hangers underneath each other on a larger chain. It might sound like fun, but you can even use a soda can "dick" 😊 if you suddenly don't have anything else handy. There are factory-mounted hangers that can be used to hang strap-on tops.
Sweaters, especially knit sweaters made of heavier fabrics, should always be kept on the shelf, as their weight can cause them to stretch when hung.
Shelving can be useful for a wider shelf - putting dividers between them will give a neater overall effect.
If you have more hanging space, you can opt for the familiar shelving material storage on a pole, which is useful for more than just shoes.
Boxes can also be used, but it's a good idea to choose transparent or see-through fronts so that you can easily see what's inside when you open the cupboard.
For trousers, jeans can easily go in a drawer, but here you should use the famous Marie Kondo method (as with other items of clothing when it comes to drawers and boxes) - they should be placed side by side, as this way you can see all the pieces. We all know that we tend to forget our clothes at the bottom of the drawer!
And our more elegant trousers should be stored on a hanger, for example if they are ironed to the edge then this trick should be considered for hanging them on a hanger, as they are less likely to fall off (this is of course more useful for wooden hangers).
Bras are delicate things, you have to be very careful when washing them, and also when storing them, because they can easily deform.
Flat storage is an option (don't fold them up, the two baskets into each other!) or there are dividers specifically for storing bras, which can be used to store them "upright".
A third option, if you have plenty of hanging space in your wardrobe, is to use the strap top hangers for bras that we showed you earlier.
For shirts, Marie Kondo's "filing" system can also be a winner, whether they are in drawers or in boxes in drawers. It's worth mentioning here that the tidy lady recently said that with three kids, tidiness is not so important to her anymore, which is reassuring 😊.
Put seasonal clothes away in boxes at the end of the season if possible. However, it is very important to wash them beforehand, as a winter coat, for example, that you have worn all winter, if not stained, has collected a lot of dust and dirt, and putting it away like this, and among many other clothes, is not good for it.
Everyone who has ever taken their clothes to a dry cleaner has left them in the plastic bag they received from the dry cleaner. If the clothes are left in the bag for a long time afterwards, it can also damage the clothes, and even affect the colour of the clothes.
So the key is to always remove them after wiping and hang them in the wardrobe.
Finally, the real key to a tidy wardrobe? Culling. It's now common knowledge that we only wear 20-30% of our clothes on average. If we regularly discard, we can get rid of the unnecessary pieces that make our wardrobe look cluttered.
For example, if we always put the clothes we wear most of the time on one side of the hanging wardrobe, we can soon realise how much of our clothes we don't wear.
The Reuse, Repair, Resell/Recycle concept is already well known in other countries. It is always worth thinking about which clothes, apart from the ones we definitely want to keep, are the ones that 1. we can wear in a different form, for example, altered 2. we just need to repair them because they are torn 3. we can part with them and they can start a new life with someone else.
If we think this way, not only will our lives be much easier - the daily dressing and tidying up, but we can also minimise the number of clothes going to the bin (and from there to the landfill) and the harmful effects of the fashion industry on the environment.
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