Spring is in full swing, and that means it’s spring cleaning time! You may have already wiped, dusted and mopped the dark and dirty corners of your household, but there are other areas that we often overlook when it comes to deep cleaning. Our wardrobes rarely get the attention they need when we’re cleaning and organizing. It’s understandably a daunting task, especially if you have a large wardrobe. However, these tips can help break down how to organize and sort your closet as well as maintain the cleanliness and longevity of your clothes.
Summer is nearly here, and that means many of us will be packing away our warmer clothes for long term storage. While you’re at the task of going through your wardrobe, try pulling everything out into the open and sorting garments into “keep,” “mend,” “discard” and “donate” piles. Then, bring garments that need it to your local seamstress and dry cleaners for repairs and laundering. Regularly paring down clothes we don’t wear, and taking note of clothes that need upkeep can prevent us feeling overwhelmed when it comes to our closets.
Organize Your Wardrobe Logically
After sorting, make sure that you put clothing back in a logical order in your closet. Your most worn and most seasonally appropriate clothing should be easily accessible. Store out-of-season clothing in storage bags/boxes or in a less accessible part of the closet, such as the top shelf. Keeping an organized wardrobe will help you recognize and appreciate the things you use often as well as reduce stress when you are getting dressed.
Keep a Running Clean & Repair Pile
As you notice garments in your wardrobe that require mending or dry cleaning, try to have a specific place that these items can be placed. When you accumulate a few items in your clean and mend pile, you’ll know it’s time to make a stop at the dry cleaners and seamstress. Making sure that clothes are cleaned and repaired promptly will help make the garments last far longer than if they are allowed to fall into disrepair.
Pay Attention to Special Materials
Garments made from special materials such as silk, lace, wool, leather or suede require skilled care. Taking these materials to the experts at your local dry cleaner can extend their life exponentially, rather than trying to maintain them with the tools you have at home. Most dry cleaners are very affordable, making it a worthwhile investment for special material garments which are often more valuable than others.
Don’t Forget Other Textiles in Your Home
We see our closet everyday, so it’s difficult to forget about its upkeep. However, there are other items in our home which often remain out of sight and out of mind such as table linens, sheets, blankets and wool rugs. You local dry cleaner can help you maintain these items as well. Add them to you running clean and mend pile to be cared for by a professional as needed.
There are many benefits to good upkeep of your clothing and home textiles apart from organization and cleanliness. Maining the thing we already own is better for the environment, our wallets and our peace of mind as well. Find more information on our blog about how Ajay Cleaners can help you maintain your garments and linens!