The long life and fresh appearance of clothing depends on proper storage as well as proper cleaning. How you handle your clothes from day to day, how you store out-of-season clothing and how you pack for travel affect the life and look of your wardrobe.

Things You Will Need

Closet Organizer, tubular plastic hangers, padded hangers, or wood hanges, drycleaning bags

Step 1

Handling garments gently. Remove from hangers with care to avoid broken zippers and rips.

Step 2

Rotate clothing use over a few days, allowing moisture to evaportate and wrinkles to hang out before wearing again.

Step 3

Air and brush clothing, especially wool garments, after wearing. Remove spots immediately to postpone drycleaning.

Step 4

Use tubular plastic, padded or wood hangers to help clothes maintain their shape. Wire hangers can bend and sag, rust, cause snags, and leave dents in shoulders.

Step 5

To keep the shape of special blouses, dresses and jackets, stuff the arms with used drycleaning bags.

Step 6

Do not hang or store clothing near a heat source.

Step 7

Before hanging garments, remove items from pockets and close fasteners (buttons, snaps, zippers and hooks) to avoid wrinkling and help garment maintain shape.

Step 8

Be sure that everything in your closet fits, needs no repair, and receives regular wear. Proper day-to-day handling of clothing extends the life of the garment by prolonging the time between each washing or drycleaning.

Tips & Warnings

Out-of-season clothes have their own special storage needs. Prepare these garments properly to protect them from moths, mildew, and staining.