Closet Hacks: How to Properly Store Your Clothes
Whether you're putting together your outfit of the day or packing for an overnight stay, having an organized closet space will make the whole process much more efficient and enjoyable. Plus, proper storage of your clothes can help ensure that your wardrobe essentials will look as well-pressed as the day you got them. Time to clean up your closet and create a polished and personalized space that you can enjoy year-round.
Keep your daily essentials in the front row
You've heard the phrase "out of sight, out of mind"—while that usually applies to former flames, the same rule also works for closet organization. Store your least-worn items at the back so you can dedicate prime closet real estate to your most beloved pieces. This will make getting dressed a lot more convenient, and you'll avoid the all-too-familiar situation of rummaging through the closet and ending up with a pile of discarded clothes on the floor.
Style tip: Organize your go-to accessories such as a classic watch or jewelry on a small tray next to your closet. Pairing these items with your outfit will ensure your style is always on point.
Think like a pro: know when to fold 'em
Before putting anything in the closet at the end of each season, make sure your clothes are prepped for storage. Launder items as needed, or send your clothes to a trusted dry cleaner for professional service—especially important for winter coats. This removes any scents or stains, as moths are attracted to undetectable smells.
Don't forget to clean your closet at least once per season (it can get dusty). It's also a good idea to go through and remove any items you don't wear on a regular basis. Consider selling or donating the pieces that are in good condition—doing so will help keep your closet organized as well as help those in need.
Also, it might seem basic, but improper storage can cause a garment to lose its shape. Make sure you properly note which items to fold and which items to hang.
Clothes you should fold: Gently fold delicate items such as cashmere sweaters and heavy knits, and line them with a layer of acid-free tissue for extra care. Denim should also be folded, as hanging can cause it to stretch out in the wrong areas. Casual items such as T-shirts and tops can work both ways, based on personal preference.
Clothes you should hang: Keep your outerwear fresh by hanging them for storage. Your vintage leather jacket, silk blouse or suit would appreciate the extra TLC. Invest in some flocked hangers with velvet lining to keep your choice garments in mint condition. As always, any cocktail attire is best stored in a garment bag.
The elements of style: invest in the right storage
The essentials: Storage bins are your best friend. Instead of unsightly plastic bins, consider linen storage organizers. Fabric organizers help your clothing stay fresh by allowing air to circulate. Try borrowing elements from Scandinavian decor, such as a set of wooden or copper hangers, to help your closet achieve a minimalist and uniformed aesthetic.
The extras: Personalizing your space does not always require an involved process. Switching out little things can make a huge difference, such as adding some decorative items or art in or around your wardrobe. You can also paint or wallpaper the inside of your closet to inject a little more color and personal style.
Fill some sachets with dried lavender buds and place them in your closet to keep your clothes smelling great and repel any moths that might be creeping around your wardrobe—it's a pleasantly scented alternative to using moth balls. Cedar chests are also a smart choice for woolens, as Red Cedar has natural oils that kill moth larvae (it's a good idea to first put the clothing in a resealable plastic bag for more protection).
While closet maintenance might seem like a chore, keeping these style tips in mind will help you streamline the process and stay organized—no matter how messy your wardrobe is behind closed doors.
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