Figuring out how to prolong the life of your favorite clothes and shoes is great not only for the sake of your style and wardrobe, but your wallet, too!Spending a little extra time and thought on these items will make them last longer. Here are some tips to help get you started…
Stop washing/drying/dry-cleaning so much
Many of us are guilty of simply throwing our clothes into the hamper at the end of a long day without much consideration—it’s just routine. But all this scrubbing, tumbling and chemicals are harsh on fibers and slowly work to break them down. Instead, consider layering more delicate sweaters and shirts over thin tank tops to serve as a barrier between your skin (and sweat), and your clothes. By doing this, you’ll find washing after every wear isn’t really necessary. If you’re uncomfortable throwing the top right back into your closet, air-it out on a line or in the bathroom when showering—the steam will help refresh the clothes. Also, make sure to read the labels. Hand-wash or use the gentle cycle when necessary, and be sure to separate laundry between colors and delicates for optimal cleaning conditions. Consider investing in either a drying rack or hang up a line to dry items outside, which is much gentler than the dryer.
Rethink detergents and cleaners
Spot cleaning is a great way to take care of small blemishes while preserving the life of your clothes. Stain removal pens and wipes are small and convenient enough to throw into your purse or car without hassle, and they enable you to address spills right away so the liquid doesn’t have time to sink deep into the fabric.
On the chance you might miss a stain, take the time to also look through clothes before tossing them into the washer. Also, pay attention to directions on your detergent, which will let you know how much you really need to use per load size—most people use too much, which doesn’t make clothes any cleaner, and in fact, actually harms them by having the extra soap stick to the fabrics.
Consider storage organization
Stuffing your clothes into drawers and piling up your shoes in a basket aren’t doing any of you a favor. Storing them properly will help make them last longer, so invest in a shoe rack or organization tool that will keep your footwear properly spaced rather than piled on top of one another. Fold sweaters and pants neatly before putting them into drawers, and hang what you can in a closet, especially if it’s an item that wrinkles easily or a delicate fabric, such as silk. Lack of room doesn’t have to be an excuse to not properly hang your apparel, as Taylor Gifts offers plenty of closet hanger organizers that are designed to maximize space.
Take time for small repairs
A lost button, loose hem, and worn-down heels are all relatively fast and easy repairs that you can either do yourself, or take to a nearby tailor or cobbler for a few bucks. If a favorite black pair of jeans is fading, consider giving it a dye bath to refresh color and often make items look new again. The little effort required on your behalf is nothing compared to the extension of life you’ll give your clothes and shoes.
Wear Apparel Strategically
Not all items are meant to be donned from morning to night, rain or shine. Therefore, consider what is best for your clothing and footwear prior to getting ready for the day. Is it supposed to storm? If so, don’t wear suede shoes that can easily get damaged. Are you going to a children’s birthday party? Don’t wear fine silks that would get ruined by a child’s juice stains. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth an ounce of cure.
Our clothing helps to communicate our individuality, as well as protect us from the elements. By taking the effort to care for your attire, you can guarantee its longevity for years to come.