Preserving a wardrobe can be as costly as doing household shopping. Research has shown that an average American household can spend up to $2,000 on clothes yearly. Also, the fact that kids outgrow their shoes and clothes quickly can add up to the cost of maintaining a wardrobe. Longer-lasting clothes can cost an arm and leg, but you can avoid trips to fashion stores by investing in quality items and practicing good hygiene. No special products are needed to keep those dark and white garments sparkling clean. A change of a few habits can help preserve your wardrobe and avoid overspending on clothes.
Buy Quality Garments
Expensive brands don’t always translate to quality. However, it is recommendable to purchase clothes from a brand with a high rating. Quality clothes never get outdated and can help create a solid base wardrobe. Also, quality garments are made of thicker fabrics that don’t wear out easily. However, for kids clothes, opt for quantity over quality since they tend to fit them for a short period. But when purchasing a pair of casual jeans or professional suit for yourself, it is better to spend on one quality item than several garments that will wear out in a few months.
Wearing deodorant and showering every day may sound obvious, but it can help keep your clothes looking sharp and cleaner. Sweat is the leading cause of stains on clothes. So, making sure that everyone in the family practices good hygiene can save you a few bucks on clothes. Also, dress kids according to the nature of an event. For example, if a kid is headed to a birthday party that is likely to be messy, don’t dress him or her in a bright, expensive cloth. Also, opt for cheap, dark clothes when headed to a bar or garage due to accidental spills.
Store Your Clothes Well
Clothes can be stored in shelves or a walk-in closet. Either way, the way clothes are stored can determine how long they can last. Hanging heavier garments in a closet can sound good, but it can make them stretch out. The best way to store expensive sweaters is to fold them on a shelf to save storage space and maintain their shape. Your storage space might be limited, but resist the urge to overpack the closet or shelves to give your clothes a breathing space. Mashing the fabrics together can result in fading and wrinkling. So, look for an alternative storage option such as standalone armor to reduce the pressure on shelves and the closet.
Don’t Over-Wear Your Favorite Clothes
Of course, we are all tempted to wear our favorite clothes every time we are going to work or attending an event. However, the idea of rotation isn’t only applicable to inventory, but our wardrobe as well. Clothes rotation translates to a sharp appearance and less wear and tear. One tactic for rotating clothes is storing them based on the day they were washed. Recently washed clothes should be held at the back while those still on the shelves or in the closet move to the front for easier retrieval.
A lot of heat is used to flatten and loosen fabric fibers during ironing. If you aren’t careful, you can end up yellowing or burning the fabric. However, that can be avoided by using the right heat level depending on the nature of the fabric. Investing in a steamer that uses heat and moisture to loosen the material and release wrinkles while clothes are still in the closet could also be an ideal option. Steaming can reduce chances of yellowing or burning your clothes and save your precious time.
Quality clothes are only worth if they can last longer. So, don’t let quality dictate the choice of your clothes. Even cheaper, low-quality clothes can serve you for a considerable duration as long as you maintain hygiene, practice rotation, store them well, and opt for steaming instead of ironing.