Let’s throw it back to college when I used to throw everything, and I really do mean everything, in one load in the washer. My jeans, t-shirts, bathroom towels (!!!) and lacy undies all wrapped up together in one load. I know half of you are cringing right now, but your girl just didn’t care at the time.
Now, it’s a totally different story. I’d rather take really good care of the clothing I own and do my best to make an article last as long as it possibly can.
Here are the ways that I do that:
- Separate items of different kinds- It’s simple but necessary. This step is more a message to my younger self than anything. Your towels don’t belong with your clothes. Your lacy undies definitely don’t belong with your jeans.
- Read the label- Take a second to read the label on the item of clothing. Can it go in the dryer? Can it even go in the washer? Is it an item that must be hand washed? Maybe it’s even supposed to go to the dry cleaners? Treating the item the way it is meant to be treated will be the difference between worn and tattered clothing and items that last for years to come.
- Hand wash delicate items- If your washing machine has a delicate cycle, take advantage of it. If not, putting in the extra effort to hand wash an item will be well worth it. These bags are great if you do need to put delicate items in the washer.
- Use a drying rack- If you don’t already own one, do yourself a favor and buy one of these babies today. I got my plain white one at Target. It was such a game changer for me personally. I stopped drying my workout leggings and most of my underwear. Anything that could get damaged in the dryer now goes straight to the drying rack instead.
- Use a steamer- I love my steamer. I have a Steamfast steamer similar to this one that I picked up at Walmart at 6am on the morning of my college graduation. My gown was extremely wrinkly and this guy saved the day! Since then, I’ve used it for bridesmaids dresses, work shirts, and anything else that needs a little freshening up and straightening out. If you don’t already have one, I would definitely recommend picking one up.
- Use a “defuzzer”- While not necessary, it does help keep things nice. I have the Conair Fabric Defuzzer from Amazon. It is really simple to use. I have just begun including this step in my routine but I imagine that I will bring it out about once a month to keep things looking nice. So far I’ve just used it on my sweaters but I think I’ll tackle my leggings and socks next. 🙂
- Buy what you love: This one isn’t about necessarily caring for the clothes you already own but a tip for when you’re buying new clothes. Again, this is another message to myself. Don’t buy crappy quality clothes that you barely like. Go for well-made quality clothing that was meant to last. Buy clothing that you want to take good care of, and following through will be much easier.
What are your tips when it comes to taking care of your clothing?