If you rotate your clothes based on the seasons it not only frees up space in your closet, helping you get dressed more efficiently (because you know, you can see what you’re working with) but it also keeps clothes fresher longer and avoiding dust, mildew and bugs. Space saving vacuum bags make good use of little nooks and crannies for storage and can be slid under the bed for space friendly storage. Make sure before you store, ensure clothes are clean and completely dry.
Hint: Space saver bags are a great way to clear up closet space and are sealed shut with a vacuum.
Most of the time, you should hang clothes (not fold) on the proper hangers. Huggable hangers are velvet lined and keep even the silkiest of things from falling off an onto the floor. Larger coats or men’s dress shirts should be put on a thicker, form holding wooden hanger.
When it comes to hanging, hang blouses properly, don’t shove the hangers into the neck hole. Instead, bring them up through the bottom of the shirt. This keeps you from stretching out the neckline or ripping anything. For pants, scarves and belts, you can hang them as well with special hangers to keep things organized
Hint: Velvet hangers are cheaper than wooden hangers, but clothes don’t slip off and they save space.
If it doesn’t fit, you won’t wear it. Things can be taken in, but they cannot be let out- so be sure if you’re not sure about sizing, go a size up. Additionally, if you buy a pair of pants, make sure they’re not saggy in the tush and be sure to hem them immediately if they’re too long (nothing looks cheaper on pants than a grandma butt and a ripped hemline from dragging pants).
Hint: Tailoring used to freak me out. One of my fave books, Cheap Chica’s Guide To Style is a great way to get comfy with tailoring.
The longer a stain sets, especially on delicate materials, the harder it is to get out. It only takes a little bit of cool water and mild hand soap to remove most stains if treated as soon as they happen. You can also keep a detergent pen in your purse, I recommend it!
Hint: If you have yellow stains under the pits, they can be removed with asprin made into a paste.
Handwashing with Woolite is a great way to protect your delicates. While you can places bras and other delicates in for the washing machine, items get warped and clasps get hooked and bent in the machine. Sweaters get mishapen or pill in the washer, but take the time to wash with Woolite and dry it flat on a towel.
Hint: If sweaters pill (meaning they get those weird bumps) you can buy a sweater stone to get them off easily.
Using the high heat of the dryer may dry clothes fast, but it is very harsh on them as well, especially certain fabrics. If the weather is nice, hang your clothes out to dry. If it isn’t at least do smaller loads on the lower setting.
Hint: We use a collapsable clothes rack and love it for all of our dryfit & delicate clothing. It doesn’t take up much space!
Vinegar is a wonder product! It is wonderful for removing odors, stains and for keeping clothing bright and colorfast. The best part is it’s cheap and not one more chemical you add to them. Using a ½ cup per load is usually all that is needed.
Baking soda is also great to freshen up your laundry (and your carpets) and you can buy it in bulk.
While it’s more frugal to DIY any mending jobs, you’ll still save money by saving a few pieces that would otherwise be tossed. If you have invested in pieces that are worth saving or can’t be replaced- it’s better to care for a few pieces you adore than buy a bunch of stuff you don’t want to replace it.
Jeans can be re-dyed (this is a great tutorial on how to redye your jeans) or taken to a shop to be mended (textile places are great for this!).