Tricks of the Trade: Keeping Clothes Fresh

There’s nothing worse than having to part with your favorite blouse because it simply looks like it’s seen better days. But by the same token, it’s also not a good look to be wearing clothes that clearly look like they’ve seen better days.

In an effort to keep clothes looking fresh and new as long as possible, here are a few quick tips that I’ve found helpful over the years:

  • Dry clean delicates: While it can at times be tempting to try to wash a delicate item yourself, it really never ends well that way. I’d highly recommend letting the experts do what they do best and taking your nice pieces to the dry cleaners.
  • Wash denim sparingly: This might sound gross to some, but I try to only wash my jeans when they need to be shrunken and/or have gotten visibly dirty. They maintain their wash far longer if you try to wash them as sparingly as possible.
  • Spot treat instead of doing a full wash: If and when I spill something small on denim, for instance, I’ll always attempt a spot treatment before throwing them in the hamper. With a little elbow grease, the spot usually comes right out.
  • Choose your laundry products wisely: I learned the hard way that fabric softener is noooo good for your clothes—well, if you want to keep them feeling crisp, that is. Some detergents have fabric softener included in the formula, so be sure you read the label carefully before picking up your next bottle.

How to Store Winter Necessities

Remember when I shared one of my core organizing rules that everything must have a home? Well, sometimes that home needs to be customized depending on the season, and that’s totally ok!

Since I’m constantly reaching for warm accessories these days—think mittens, scarves, beanies, and the like— I decided to make a dedicated spot in my closet to keep them all within arm’s reach. While I usually use the hooks in this closet to plan out my outfits for the week, I conveniently have another set in my other closet that I’ve been using for that very same purpose. With the hooks in this closet now freed up, I’ve been loving being able to easily grab some warm winter accessories whenever I may need them.

Falling for Scarves

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reaching for a scarf nearly everyday—not only is it pretty chilly out, but I love how they complete an otherwise bland outfit. Typically, my scarves are tucked away in bins just like my purses, but I’ve been craving for a seasonal solution to accommodate my frequent needs.

 

Because I can’t create additional storage in my closet, I had to work with what I already have on this. I recently installed these beautiful hooks in both of my closets and while I was once using them to plan out outfits, I’ve been loving using them as a catch all for scarves at the moment. They make it so easy to hang my favorite scarves and because I have an extra set in my other closet, I can still prep my outfits in advance—win, win!

My New Morning Routine

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I’m super excited to report that I have a new morning routine that has seriously changed my life. Ok, that might be a bit dramatic but let me explain.

A few weeks ago, I bought these wall hooks from Anthropologie because I thought they were too pretty to pass on. When I first purchased them, I knew that I would find a use for them but it wasn’t immediately clear just what that use was. I thought about hanging them in the bathroom to hold towels, or maybe even in the kitchen to hold oven mitts. Eventually, I landed on my closet and could not be more pleased with that decision.

I have always loved to plan my outfits in advance, but don’t love that then you just have a pile of clothes in your closet waiting for you. Luckily, these hooks have saved the day. Now, I can set out my outfit in advance but hang all of the items right onto the hooks. I hang everything from my jeans to my bra to my jewelry right on the hook, so when it comes time to get dressed, it’s all right there waiting for me.
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So far, I am absolutely loving my new routine and would highly recommend it!

Tricks of the Trade: Closet Cleanse

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I am seriously all for a good closet cleanse and like to do one several times a year. As I do them so often, my cleanses are typically on a smaller side (ie: I’m not purging half of my closet each time), but are super effective nonetheless.

A little bit ago, I blogged about the KonMari method to tidying up, and my method to a closet cleanse is super similar. And easy! And fun! Just like laundry. Ok, that’s enough plugging of past blog posts.

Really, a closet cleanse doesn’t need to be this super daunting thing that you need to allot a full twenty four hours to complete. Sure, it can be this intense if you’d like it to be, but it can also be very straightforward if you follow three simple steps.

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Step 1: Cleanse. As a first step, it’s important to go through everything in your closet and get rid of what you don’t wear/need/want/etc. Think about it this way – you want to start with this step so you can really focus on what you love and not waste your time folding/hanging the items that you’re just going to end up discarding.

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Step 2: Consistency. As a second step, you want to ensure you have consistency in your closet. What I mean by this is you’ll want all of the same type of hanger. You’ll also want all of your pants in one section of the closet, all of your shirts in another, and do not let them blend. For a list of my favorite closet accessories, check out this post.

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Step 3: Color code. As a third and final step, you will color code! Think of this as the fun part as you make all of your clothes form a pretty rainbow in your closet. Start with light colors and make your way to dark. For a complete guide to color coding, check out this post.

This Is How We Do It

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We’ve all been there when there are more clothes on the floor of our closets than actually hung. The reason we get here is because it can be easier to just throw clothes on the floor instead of hang or fold them and place them back into their intended location.

Trust me, I completely get it. There have been plenty of nights when I get home from work and want nothing more than to throw my clothes on the floor and close the door so I can get into bed. But, in the long run, all that would do is cause me stress the following day or later that night when I inevitably head back into my closet. Instead of pushing off the clean up for another day, tackle it in the moment before it gets too messy or too big.

Each day, I follow the same routine. I wake up, try on some outfits. Naturally, some work and others don’t, but I’m always sure to put back the items that didn’t work for me. Once I get home after work, I change out of my work clothes, put them away, and slip into either gym clothes or pajamas.

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I’d really encourage you to give it a shot. Think about it this way: you’re tacking on about 5 – 10 extra minutes each day by doing so v. having to spend hours sorting through all of your clothes after a long week of leaving them on the floor. See what I mean?

Hall Monitoring

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Hall closets are often a sight that no one wants to see. Think: suitcases piled up, coats hanging in disarray, and shoes scattered across the floor. There seems to be a scene in every single movie where someone opens up the hall closet only to be trampled over by all that it contains.

But why do hall closets need to be so messy? With a few baskets, hooks, and proper hangers, you can whip it into shape in no time! Need some inspiration? See below.

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