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Create a Working Closet!

Fall is almost here!  As the pumpkin decor and warm treats come into your home…transition your wardrobe by flipping your closet so you are ready when the temperatures drop!

Take a look at your clothing system and make some changes. Sorting clothing by seasons is a popular way to organize your wardrobe, as there is no good reason why your heaviest winter sweater should be next to a trendy summer tank in the prime real estate of your closet.  During the process ask yourself some questions:

  1. While packing away spring / summer clothing, make sure you love or need each piece in your wardrobe? If not, donate it.  For storing until next spring:
    • Launder each item or dry clean it, and be sure to remove dry cleaning bags because they can trap moisture and cause permanent stains.
    • Avoid using bleach, fabric softener, sizing or starch, as these items can attract insects.
  2. When pulling out last years fall / winter wardrobe, ask yourself the same question and take note of any staples you may need to purchase to pull any outfits together.  Gather any items needing repairs or cleaning and get it to the cleaners promptly.

It appears most women, on average, will spend somewhere between $150 and $400 on clothing on a monthly basis, which equates to approximately $1,800 to $4,800 per year (according to a survey recently conducted by ING Direct and Capital One banks).  To guarantee the longest life, especially for the pieces you’ve invested in, consider our following recommendations when assessing your current situation.

  1. Have an expert conduct an in-home design consultation for your closet spaces to be sure you are using the space most efficiently and it fits your lifestyle and needs.  The basement and attic are not ideal areas to store off-season clothing due to climate control and mildew concerns.  Getting the off-season clothing out of the way is key, but if you have unused vertical space in your closets then take advantage of it.
  2. Slimline hangers are best to use for increasing 50% more space and keeping garments secured on the hanger.  Consider donating all your mis-matched hangers and starting fresh with the slimline hangers.
  3. Anything of heavy weight or knit be sure to fold as you can store 3x more clothes if they are folded the right way.  Shelf dividers are great for current items or use clear bins with lids to keep pests away, but still allow for a little air circulation for climate control and storing through the off-season.

 

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