Spring is here, many of us can help but think of putting away our bulky winter coats, sweaters, and down comforters for the year. Now is a great time to begin storing winter items and free up space in your closets.
Here are few simple guidelines to follow when storing your wardrobe:
- Wash or dry clean your clothes before storing them for the summer. Even if your clothes were worn once, human skin can leave residue in the material that can damage your clothing and make it more attractive to bugs.
- Be particular about the storage container.The storage container should allow for circulation of air through the clothing. Popular storage containers include rattan trunks, or textile bags. Refrain from storing your clothing in plastic bags. Natural materials eed to breathe. Opt for a well-ventilated container and store items flat. If you must hang these items, pad them with tissue paper.
- Choose a place to store your winter wardrobe that is dry and cool, this will help to avoid mildew. Avoid using silica, mothballs, or crystals, as they often emit strong smells, can be harmful for both you and the environment, and may make it difficult to remove the odor even after cleaning.
- Refrain from stretching, bending, or twisting fabrics when storing clothes. Any folding or twisting could damage your clothes and destroy their shape, especially in a vacuum storage bag.
- Care for speciality items:
Need more storage space?Regardless of how much storage space you have, it never seems to be enough. That’s why we’d like to introduce you to Anton’s Closet. We clean your garments and household items; place them in our dust-free, temperature-controlled facilities where they will stay until you let us know you want them in the fall. The service is free – all you pay for is the cleaning. Just pick-up Anton’s Closet chests (they’re free!) at your Anton’s store, fill them with your winter clothes and household items and give yourself more closet space.
A luxurious fiber, cashmere doesn’t need to be high maintenance if you wear and care for it properly. Here are five tips to consider when preserving these high-end sweaters.
- Make sure you know what you’re caring for. Due to a popularization of cashmere in the past few years, we have seen an influx of substandard product on the market. For this reason, you should purchase your sweaters from a reputable company and check the label to ensure it is 100% cashmere.
- Don’t spray yourself with perfume while wearing cashmere because it will eventually discolor the garment.
- Extra yarn usually comes with a good cashmere purchase and it should be saved.
- Fold sweaters with tissue and store flat in a drawer or on a closet shelf.
- If the sweater is stained, have it dry cleaned as soon as possible so stains don’t set.
Thank you for all who donated to the 14th annual Belle of the Ball Boutique Day was held on April 7t at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA where over 800 deserving young ladies were invited for an indulgent day of “prom shopping,” free of charge! Belle of the Ball cleans and distributes prom dresses and provides related accessories at no charge to high school junior and senior girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend their school’s prom. We will begin accepting dresses again February 4, 2019! Want to get involved? Proms are expensive and our participants need more than a beautiful dress. Financial donations are needed in order to purchase shoes, jewelry, handbags, makeup, and other accessories. 100% of the proceeds go directly towards purchasing accessories for participants for the 2018 season. To make a monetary donation, visit here.
Suits are a wardrobe staple for both men and women. When it comes to buying a suit, you generally invest in something of good quality because you plan on wearing it for years to come. A well cared for suit can last for several years, looking as good as it did the day you bought it.
Here are a few tips that can help extend the life of your suit:
- Make space in your wardrobe to allow your suit jackets to hang nicely without creasing.
- Use a good wooden hanger to store your suit. A cedar wood hanger will also work as a repellant for predators, such as moths, and absorb moisture.
- Refrain from forcefully rubbing on stains or dirt, as this could embed it into the fabric.
- Don’t overload your pockets, it will strain the seams.
- To limit the amount of pull on the fabric of your suit, unbutton your jacket and slightly pull up your pants/skirt when sitting down.
- Use a clothes brush to brush the suit after wearing. This will help remove dirt and lint buildup and rejuvenate the wool, preventing it from shining.
- If the weather is rainy or humid, wait 24 hours before hanging your suit in the closet. This will help dry up any moisture.
- To ensure color consistency, clean all of the pieces of your suit at the same time.
- Be conscious of how you carry a briefcase, purse, or backpack, as the weight can cause the fabric of your suit to shine and distort the shoulder pad area
To get the most wear out of your clothing purchases it is important to understand how to read a manufacturer’s care label.
Here’s what to look for the next time you wash your favorite garments at home:
- Don’t just throw your clothes in the washing machine and hit the start button: Pay attention to what the manufacturer says is the recommended temperature setting. Many clothing items need to be washed with like colors, require permanent press, or a delicate wash cycle.
- Items that require hand washing: Soak and gently rub the item, if a garment calls for hand wash only, it is likely because the item is too delicate for machine cycles. To dry, these items generally will need to be laid on a flat surface.
- Know when to use bleach: Where some items can be washed with any bleach, others may call for non-chlorine bleach only. Some items will be too delicate for even non-chlorine bleach.
- Keep items from shrinking, know the correct drying method: Some items can be dried in a standard tumble dryer, where others may need to be hung to dry or laid flat. If the care label calls for tumble dry, check for the proper temperature level. Certain items may be delicate or require a permanent press that will be noted in the care instructions. Never tumble dry an item of clothing that requires hang drying, drip drying, or flat drying.
- Iron: Many newer irons have settings based on the clothing material. If you don’t have an iron that determines temperature for you, the care label will illustrate the proper ironing temperature level. There are several fabrics that don’t take well to steam or ironing at all. Never iron an item unless the care label calls for it.
- Dry Clean: Some materials can only be dry cleaned.