Spring (closet) cleaning.

Make space by eliminating any garment that is: (1) truly stained or stinky. We can do a lot, but some stains and smells are forever. (2) Damaged beyond repair, even by a talented seamstress. (3) Would you buy it right now? (4) It does not fit. Not now, probably never. (5). Wrong look, wrong image. (6). Brings up bad memories. (7) It outlasted a trend. (8) Have yet to wear it. (9) It is worn out, stretched, faded or pilled. Donate or recycle the mistakes and make room for more room.

Stow away.

If you’re ready to store away winter clothing for another year, be sure that’s everything’s clean. Even minor splashes and spills can oxidize and discolor over time. Body oils, perspiration and food or beverage stains can attract insect damage. After cleaning, store everything in breathable garment storage bags and keep stored clothing where temperatures don’t get extreme. Ask us about storage and packaging options.

Closet (de)clutter.

Too often, keepsake garments take up space and get crushed in the process. We not only clean and archivally pack wedding gowns, we also preserve baby outfits, prom dresses, christening gowns, letter jackets, costumes and ceremonial garb, military dress uniforms, even Grandma’s afghan all crowd available storage. Properly packaged, your keepsakes are preserved and ready stack on a shelf. Ask for a no-obligation estimate.

Hit the slopes.

Get the most out of expensive ski wear. Check for salt, grit or food spills après ski. Close zippers and release tension on drawstrings or elastics, dry thoroughly before storing. Specifically follow care instruction tags: high tech fabrics need special attention, sometimes more sophisticated than your home washing machine. We’re your garment cleaning and care experts—even for technical sportswear.

Daylight Saving Time…

ends this Sunday. Now’s the time to store away your warm weather clothes. It’s a good tradition and a great way to make closet space for the bulkier winter clothes. Just don’t add moth balls to your stored garments — instead use cedar chips or dried lavender. Moth balls contain naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, petroleum-based chemicals that can cause eye and skin irritation and definitely are not safe around children. Skip the moth balls but be sure to clean everything thoroughly before storing—stains and yellowing can develop over time on garments that aren’t 100% clean.

Hang it right.

By now, you know that wire hangers are only good for temporary use. Invest in flat, thin hangers for shirts and blouses and wide-shoulder hangers for suits.  Allow about a quarter-inch breathing space between garments to avoid creasing, allow air circulation and keep everything looking crisp and fresh. And please, please don’t store anything in plastic bags.

Storage season.

Before you stow away the swim suits, linen trousers and patio cushions, be sure everything is clean, clean, clean. Invisible spots can oxidize into permanent stains – food drips and body oils are an invitation to hungry insects. Once everything is clean, store in a cool, dry place in breathable containers, like fabric garment bags.

Closet cleanser.

Rainy summer day? Take an hour and clear some closet space with these tips from Real Simple. Start by pulling bad bridesmaid dresses, old Halloween costumes and anything that’s stained, torn or ill fitting. Gone are super low-rise jeans, painful shoes and every piece of outdated trends, starting with velour track suits. Do yourself proud by losing anything that makes you feel exposed, fat or uncomfortable.

Room for nostalgia?

Too often, keepsake garments take up valuable closet space and get crushed in the process. Christening gowns, letter jackets, costumes and ceremonial garb, military dress uniforms, even Grandma’s afghan all crowd available storage. We not only clean and archivally pack wedding gowns, we also preserve baby outfits, prom dresses, Halloween costumes and the occasional Santa suit. Properly packaged, your keepsakes are preserved and ready stack on the shelf.

Hang it up.

Website thesweethome.com recommends top-pick Proman Kascade Hanger for its consistent, smooth and solid construction, with hooks for chain-linking, shoulder notches for hanging straps and a solid crossbar for trousers. It’s lightweight and affordable, sold by Amazon in 50-packs for under $70. The wire hangers we provide with your cleaning are not intended for long-term use, and we’re delighted to recycle them for you.