Do You Even Wardrobe, Bro?
Spring cleaning the wardrobe is upon us, and so is the expectations of your ability to do so.
We know that you're stressing and putting on a brave front. Do not despair, here's a 7-pointer to fix up that disgusting wardrobe of yours.
1. Uniform hangers
They’re expensive, sure, but so was your wardrobe. Always use finished wood (unfinished can have little splinters that may cause snags), and make sure you have enough room to leave an inch or two between each item.
2. Shoe rack
It’s convenient and keeps your shoes from piling up on the ground. Plus, if it’s angled, a proper shoe rack makes it much easier to scan your shoes when you’re picking out a pair in the morning.
3. Shoe tree
Here’s where you want unfinished wood (specifically cedar), because finished products don’t allow the wood to breathe and thus won’t suck the moisture out of your shoes. Although always a good idea, the only time you really need to use shoe trees is the first few hours after you take your shoes off, or after they’ve been exposed to any amount of water.
4. A word on organisation
Not only does an organised closet look better, it also makes your clothes easier to find. If you’re particularly drawn to this type of thing, after you wear an item of clothing, move it to the back (or all the way to the left, or whatever—it’s your closet) so that you get a sense just by looking of how recently you’ve worn something.
5. Another word on organisation
Always store your expensive stuff high. The pricier the item, the more you want to get it away from the floor, which is home to dust, moths, and attacks from household dangers, like pets and children. You also want those items you access regularly, like socks and underwear, to be relatively high—at a level that keeps you from bending down as often. (Not that it’s getting harder for you to bend down. You look great.)
6. Storage boxes
Plastic airtight bins are best, but if you don’t have those, at least be sure to use something with a lid. It helps to keep out dust and moths.
Unless you live in a tundra, it’s humid all the damn time—and that humidity gets in your closets and affects your clothes. Because you’re probably not going to put a full-fledged dehumidifier in your closet (are you?), you can place silica packets on the shelves, or wrap a few sticks of chalk in a rubber band and leave the bundle in there. Just don’t let it touch your clothes.