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 Gone are super low-rise jeans, painful shoes and every piece of outdated trends, starting with velour track suits.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.
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.
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Make room for the new season by clearing out the old, the tired, the worn. Ten things to start: jeans you no longer wear, concert and event t-shirts, the dress you’re going to fit someday, unwearable shoes (no matter how cute), nostalgic oldies, the bridesmaid dress, ill-fitting bras, anything with shoulder pads, empty hangers, that really expensive piece you never wear. Bag it all and give it to a charity. You’ll feel great, especially when you see all the new closet real estate.
Take everything wintery out of every closet and drawer for cleaning. Dry cleaning or laundry removes soil, oil, perfumes and splashed stains. Then fold and store in plastic bins with heavier items on the bottom. If you’re planning to store long-term, use cotton, linen or a breathable fabric. Then store in a dry, cool place that’s not musty. Don’t forget those winter shoes – clean well, treat or polish and take them in for repairs before stuffing with cedar trees or crumpled newspaper to maintain shape.
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Check every item for salt, grit or food spills after your fun on the snow. 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 the home washing machine. Remember, we’re your garment cleaning and care experts—even for technical sportswear.
Wedding gowns are not the only heirlooms that deserve special treatment. Careful cleaning, mending and archival storage can benefit any textile. Grandmother’s lace tablecloth, Dad’s letter jacket or uniform, antique tapestries or christening gowns. We’ve seen it all and can recommend the right procedures and products to preserve your treasure.
Downpour, puddle or snowstorm, soaking your good shoes is more than uncomfortable, it’s a good way to ruin your investment in quality footwear. First, stuff the shoes with crumpled up newspaper and slowly dry away from direct heat which can crack the leather. When they’re almost dry, replace the paper with cedar shoe trees to maintain the shape. Wipe away salt stains with a little vinegar and water on a sponge.
Trouser tips. Before hanging or storing trousers, remove the belt and empty the pockets. Check for stains, tears or spots before hanging on a wooden hanger in an uncrowded closet. Minor wrinkles can be steamed away – hang near your shower or use a steamer. Whether wool or cotton, dressy or casual, we’re specialists at cleaning and finishing trousers. Our tailors can adjust the fit, hem or cuff so you always look your best.