I have mentioned many, many, MANY times that I daydream about California Closets. Oh, how I long to pay someone thousands of dollars to make my wardrobe look like an organizatrix’s dream. But until then, I’ll stick to my nearly-free techniques for keeping my wardrobe looking shiny and new:
Put rolled magazines inside your tall boots: Forget spendy boot-shapers. Keep those knee-high boots looking new by rolling up old mags or catalogs and sticking them in the shaft.
Learn to fold your sweaters: You love your sweaters, don’t you? Well, then, act like it! The folks at the Gap fold that way because it looks good, but it also minimizes wrinkling and creasing. Here’s my preferred method.
Put bangles on an old wine bottle: Jewelry racks are marvelous, but unnecessary. When your bangle and bracelet collection starts to get out of control, pull an empty wine bottle from the recycling bin and store your jewelry around the neck.
Use the sun to refresh clothing: Febreze is a great product that can reduce trips to the dry cleaner. But even better? Febreze + sun. Turn a garment inside-out, spritz with the fabric refresher, and hang outside in the sunshine. Don’t leave it too long, or colors will fade … but that heat and light can kill off many stinky bacterias.
Freeze your shoes: Speaking of stank-alleviators, here’s a great way to get stinky shoes under control. Pop ‘em in a sealable plastic bag, and throw ‘em in the freezer for two to three days.
Hang those belts: Belt racks can be quite cheap, but if you’ve got a hammer, a nail, and an available expanse of closet door, your belt rack can be free. Nail at an angle so the belts will stay secure as the door opens and closes. Hang by the buckle, or slip the nail through belt-holes as needed.
Originally posted 2010-11-03 05:40:00.