I got this post idea from elleandblair.com and thought it’d be a good idea since some of you are away in college and you need to do your own laundry. I also decided to kill two birds with one stone by including how to organize your clothes/clean out your closet.
If you want to maintain the color of your clothes, wash it in cold water because it’s the most delicate on colors. Always wash jeans on cold
To keep your clothes in good condition, check the tags before you wash your clothes because they may say “handwash” or “dry clean” or “hang dry”
separate the whites, darks, and lights.
if washing whites you can add a little bit of bleach. I like to soak my whites for a while then get the machine started.
Quick Guide for water temperature settings:
hang dry any bras/delicates or you can use a lingerie bag so that the shape is maintained and will last longer.
First I start off the washer to the appropriate water temperature setting, then I take a cup or two of laundry detergent(right now I’m using the All Detergent for Sensitive Skin) and wait until the water is half way full in the washing tub. Then I mix the soap into the water to get it to a good lather.
After that I use the Ultra Downy Fabric Softener.I like using this because it makes your clothes smell good and it makes your clothes feel soft. After that then I sort my clothes my color and start loading the washer. For those heavily soiled clothing pieces, I like to use Oxi Clean or Stain Remover. Spread on the Oxi clean or stain remover and rub directly on the stain.
After I’m done washing the clothes, I put them in the dryer and I hang dry some clothes I need to hang dry. I put in a Bounce Dryer Sheet to remove static,repel lint, and to make your clothes smell fresh!
I like doing laundry because it can be calming and therapeutic. I also like folding clothes and putting them away.
To clean your closet:
If you like working with another person, call over a friend you trust to help you out.
Put out three bags/bins with keep, toss, or store.
Toss any clothing with holes or ones that don’t fit you anymore.
Store any clothes that are in season or out of season. For example, if it’s winter, then I take my summer clothes and put them towards the back of my closet or I store them in bins underneath my bed. I get my underbed storage from Target.
Keep any clothes you wear more often and ones that fit well. Also keep any dresses from prom, weddings, or homecoming because those might hold sentimental value for you.
I like to color code my clothes by length and color.I do it from lightest to darkest. For example, white tanktops together to blue t-shirts together.
i also use matching hangers to hang my clothes. i hang t-shirts, tank tops, dresses, and jackets. My jeans are hung by light wash to the darkest wash.
I put my sleeping shirts, bathing suits, and pajamas/sweat pants in my drawers. I also put my underwear/socks in my drawer.
Go through and try on every piece you have in your closet.