Welcome to another ‘Wardrobe Tip’ Post! I have so much fun doing these posts, I cant explain it. Give me some cool gadgets and some clothes and I’m a happy woman! I’m on a mission to try out everything ever made to do with clothes.
I figure if you’re going to spend a fortune on gorgeous expensive things, you may as well know what there is available to keep them looking as new and fresh as they did the day you bought them, for as long as possible.
Before I start, just a quick note — In order for me to write my ‘wardrobe tips’ posts, I needed to test and review a few products. I contacted the amazing Howard Storage World and they were only too happy to send me some things that I chose from their online store. Even though it’s a sponsored post, I only try out and write about the products I honestly love and would recommend to you.
So here is my list of Cool gadgets to keep your clothes looking awesome:
Use a pressing cloth when ironing. Ever notice when you iron linen or dark fabrics like navy or black you get shiny marks which basically ruin the look of a beautiful garment. Using a pressing cloth protects the fabric. I have this fantastic mesh pressing cloth I got from Howard Storage World, which unfortunately is all sold out, but you can also use a piece of thin cotton like muslin.
A lint shaver is a lifesaver, especially during winter when wools and knits are in high rotation. You can either use a regular shaving blade and literally shave the pills off as you would your legs, or use this awesome lint shaver. This snazzy contraption does the work in a fraction of the time, is cheap and so much fun to use. I highlyrecommend it.
A sticky lint remover. If you don’t have one of these, you dont know what you’re missing! I swear it’ll change your life. Especially if you wear black a lot or have pets (kids). Nothing says ‘I couldnt be bothered’ then wearing black with crap all over it all. Not a good look. Which is why I literally have one in every room and handbag.
Dryer balls. Yeah I know, I was like WTF when I first read about these but I now see the light. Clothes go into the dryer as normal, and come out soft and fluffy. These little dryer balls basically just gently pummel and fluff up all the fibres in the cloth as it dries. Perfect for stiffish cottons/linens and bulky items like pillows and blankets.
Damp rid. It drives me crazy when I’ve worked really hard putting my seasonal clothes away in storage only to open it up months later to smelly mouldy messes. If you live in a place with little circulation, these are fantastic for sucking up any moisture in the air, leaving your clothes nice and dry.
That’s it for now folks. Hope you got something out of this post and if you have anything else to add, PLEASE let me know so I can go and check it out:)
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The 7 Step Wardrobe makeover Challenge: Step 4 – Shoes and Bags
By now you’re a pro at the art of culling, and if you hear the word culling you might want to hit something.. sorry.
Bags and Shoes are no different to another things you have in your wardrobe, if it works for you, keep. If it doesn’t throw it away.
Here’s a guideline to help you decide what to keep and what to throw away. By throwing away I mean either sell, give to charity or put them in a dress up box for your kids maybe.
Old dated bags that you used to carry when you were in your early twenties (or if you are in your twenties now, to you im talking about the bags you used to carry when you were 4) need to go. I have a vision of my black satin evening bag with red ribbon rosettes on them. Hello 90’s!
Get rid bags with stains, have broken zips or handles – if it’s precious to you, you can take it to your local shoe/bag repair place who can give them a new lease of life.
Bags or shoes that are just not you anymore need to go. I find that throughout your life you buy things for who you are at that moment in time, and sometimes, you can’t think clearly so years later you have the WTF moment when you look back. For about 2 seconds in my life I was obsessed with high high platform ultra fashionable and sexy as hell but totally unwearable for me. See pic above.
If you’re a mum like me then cross body bags are the most practical, the larger the better, or small enough to put your wallet and phone in while you lug a larger nappy bag around. I need to get rid of day bags that I’ll no longer use, but will keep precious ones for Maya or for the days that I go out without her. AAhhhh kids – they change everything, lucky they are so god damn cute!
Here are some tips for taking care of your bags and shoes:
Leather needs some TLC give them a clean and condition with leather cream every few weeks.
Use old clothes or towels rolled up inside structured bags to keep their shape while they sit on the shelf.
The same goes for shoes, keep the tissue that comes stuffed in the toe area of new shoes – it keeps the shape.
Store them in a dry ventilated space so they don’t get the old musty smell or rust in the hardware, especially on bags with metal chains and zips.
Clear shoe boxes are fantastic for storing special occasion or precious shoes. You can see exactly whats in every box instead of pulling everything out, and keeps them dust free.
Use the shoe boxes to store anything you don’t use on a regular basis. Clutch bags, scarves, belts, chunky bangles, kid’s toys…
Hope you are having going through everything, I know I am. My list of Ebay items are growing everyday.
If you’re just joining in, check out all the posts on the Wardrobe challenge: