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5 steps to longer lasting clothes

Love the Home You Have – day twenty five– bedroom clean

by Cybele
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Because I’m a Stepford Wife…

Ah ha ha ha ha…..  On my deathbed, I hope I’ll be thinking of all the people, love and life that happened within these walls not how imperfect my home was. Hence, Love the Home You Have adventure is about creating an easy and relaxed home that you love. Immaculate is very time consuming and only for those families with more stamina than this one.
The same goes for my wardrobe, it’s about making it work for me and not the other way around. Since buying fewer clothes that I hope will last me longer I’ve noticed that it’s easier to look after and maintain the clothes I do have.
Although, I still don’t believe in ironing, not much hope for me there. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem to have any impact on how long clothes last.

1. The season swap – storing extra clothes and deterring insects

Storing seasonal clothes can really help them last longer, as they’re not lying around collecting dust. Once the items to be stored have been cleaned or drycleaned, fold and place in a box with similar items. To speed up the process we can create a dedicated area to store the seasonal clothes, allow extra space for the winter clothes. Then it’s really a matter of swapping the clothes. Swimwear swaps with gloves and scarves, summer shirts for winter shirts and so on.
To deter the insects, I put some whole cloves in a little cloth bag with a couple of sprigs of lavender and some drops of eucalyptus oil. Shannon Lush recommends using pennyroyal oil (not if you’re pregnant).

2. Hanging clothes

Clothes last longer if they’re hung rather than folded, except for knitted items, so it’s worth trying to hang as much as space will allow.  Good coat hangers will help too. Wooden ones are the best and will last a long time. I’m not advocating people rush out and replace all their coat hangers, but if you do need to replace coat hangers, then it is probably worth paying the extra money to help your clothes in the long run.

3. Air the clothes

Yes, taking all the clothes out to hang out in the sun is ideal, but time that big, bad brute time can get in the way. A quick way is to stick a fan in front of the open cupboard doors for a couple of hours. It’s worth trying to do this every three months.

4. Give everything a place

Scarves can be stored on coat hangers too. The fancy pants scarves get a whole hanger to themselves and the more run of the mill are looped on a shared hanger. The same approach works well for belts too.

Scarf storage

5. Protect delicate clothes

Silks, chiffons and fine beading can deterioate when left to rattle around with everything else. Cover the dresses with a suit bag or fold shirts into a box.
Enjoy!
I would LOVE to hear your tips to keep your clothes nice.

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Cybele Masterman (Bele) trained as a beauty therapist, aromatherapist and journalist. After working as all of the above has found herself on a quest for a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn't cost the earth. Follow on google: +blahblahmagazine twitter: @blahblahzine or Instagram: BlahBlahMagazine

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4 comments

  1. I too am buying less clothes but quality ones. I’m a little peeved that half of them have to be hand washed, but I am getting used to it and learning how to do it.
    I do have to remember to fold my knitted items instead of hanging. They are not heavy items so I tend to treat them as tops rather than jumpers. I wonder if it matters if they are lightweight?

  2. I must admit I cheat and use the hand wash setting on the washing machine. That’s an interesting point about the the weight of the knits. Apparently, the hanging can weaken the fibres so my guess is that this may still happen to lightweight tops too x

  3. Airing clothes. Had no idea. I just keep them all anyway! USELESS!

    But while we were renovating, my father-in-law came down to sand the floors. He opened the cupboard to get the sander out, then sanded the floors. WITHOUT CLOSING THE CUPBOARD. Dust everywhere. A few dresses never recovered. SOB!

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