Caring For Your Clothes Using the Right Clothes Hangers
Have you ever opened your wardrobe to look for that blouse or dress or pants that you would like to wear, and having taken a look at it, realised that it had creases all over or that its shoulders were sagging from the hanging? Then you resignedly put it back, and re-start your search again, hoping to find another piece in a better condition because you have no time to iron that first piece?
I have since learnt from personal experience, that the condition of the clothes when left in the wardrobe hanging, has an impact on the number of times I reach for it in the wardrobe. The more crisp and fresh the clothes are staying in your wardrobe, the more inviting they look when you make your wardrobe selection. And the more often you wear them, the more value you get from what you paid for them. Crumpled and tired looking clothes just don’t shout ‘Wear Me!’.
The trick is all in the use of laundry rack. Actually, I love the idea of opening my wardrobe and seeing a row of neatly hanged clothes, all hung from the same type of hanger – preferably wooden ones. However, the reality of the matter is that one type of hanger is not enough to do the job of taking care of all your clothes! Different types of clothes require different types of hangers. In fact, some clothes should not be hung – that’s like a death sentence to them!
So here are some tips on how to ensure that your clothes stay crisp, fresh and well-formed in your wardrobe, all ready for you to pick it up and be ready to be worn by you!
#1. For blouses with shoulder pads, dresses, especially those with sleeves, and lightweight jackets: use wide plastic or padded hangers. Narrow hangers do not carry the shoulders well, and hence would result in sagging sleeves by the time you pick it up to wear.
#2. For tailored pieces like suit jackets, and heavier pieces: use padded or wood hangers. For leather jacket, if is good to use a cedar hangers, or hang cedar balls around the hanger to absorb moisture and prevent moulding.
#3. For slacks and skirts: use hangers with clips and clip them by the waist. Clipping slacks and long skirts by the waist means requiring a full-height hanging rod though. Alternatively, you could fold the slacks over the hanger.
#4. For pants: if you fold pants over a hanger, be sure to readjust them once in a while, as they collect dust and fade at the point of folding!
#5. Wire hangers are good for hanging lightweight shirts or blouses without shoulder pads. Be careful though, that unprotected wire hangers may rust and the rust stain may rub onto your clothes. Even if the wire is protected, the thinness of the wire meant that it can only support the light weight clothes. Having said that, I found wire hangers useful as they help to save wardrobe space.
#6. Knitwear should be folded, not hung, to avoid stretching. Therefore, devote a drawer for your jersey cotton tees, sweaters, jumpers, cardigans – any knitwear.
#7. This last tip is not just about the choice of laundry rack per se. Avoid squeezing the clothes in your wardrobe. I found that when all the clothes are squeezed close together, they crease easily and do not retain their shape well. Give your clothes rack some breathing space. Your hangers must be able to move easily from side to side for you to look for your clothes and take them out. Think, why do clothing retail stores look so inviting? One of the reasons is that their clothes racks have breathing space for you to browse and view the clothes easily.
With these tips in place, your clothes should look fresh and ready to be picked up by you!