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Top 10 wardrobe maintenance tools

1. Lint Brush (Fabric not sticky)

Having a lint brush assists with keeping your wardrobe looking fresh! Sticky rollers are not ideal because they leave a residue on fabric. This residue is damaging to clothing by attracting more lint and expediting the process of pilling. Using a fabric lint brush is better at removing lint and saves money because it is reusable.

2. Fabric Pill Shaver

This handy tool refreshes and adds to the longevity of your clothes. Fabric pills are caused by broken fibers reconnecting with each other creating a ball. This occurs due to friction during wear or laundering. A fabric pill shaver removes these imperfections making items look as good as new.

3. Sewing kit/ Fabric tape

Look for a sewing kit that also has a needle threader and various needle sizes and thread colors. This will save you time finding the right tools for those last minute fixes and alterations. Fabric tape is helpful for temporary fixes such as repairing a hem, Tape down the top of a gaping shirt. Use caution with delicate fabrics such as silk and some laces.

4. Extra Buttons

Having extra buttons on hand can surely save a look! Sometimes we may not notice a button is missing from a garment until we are trying to wear it. Keeping extra buttons can quickly and easily add depth. Try mismatched, alternating, or one button different from the rest.

5. Handheld steamer

Irons are a common household item. We use them for everyday items such as clothing, sheets, and curtains. What we tend to forget is that frequent ironing can cause wear and damage to clothing and may also cause damage due to using the wrong temperature setting. Handheld steamers are a better option because they kill germs, freshen garments between washing, and will easily remove wrinkles. Be sure to avoid plastics, suede, and leather. Be sure to use distilled water to avoid mineral build up.

6. Shoe Insoles

This tool may not be useful for every one but most who should use shoe insoles do not. Issues such as collapsed arches, mild back and hip pain can be alleviated by using properly fitted insoles. Providing the proper base for your step and motion help.

7. Hangers

Properly hanging garments also increases the longevity of your garments. When deciding to hang your garments consider shoulder shaping, necklines, and fabric weight. Ensure hangers end at or about the shoulder seam on long sleeve tops and blazers. Doing so will keep these items in better form leading to less heat required before use. Keep tight necklines fresh by putting a hanger on from the bottom. Consider hanging heavy garments to avoid stretching. This applies predominantly to knits. Try using larger hangers or folding a drawer will prevent stretching.

8. Spray Starch

It is ideal to use spray starch when ironing button ups and slacks. Doing so will not only add a crisper press to your garment but you will also add a protective layer from stains. Be careful not to use too much starch when ironing because the fabric may become stiff and the flaky residue left over attracts silverfish.

9. Laundry stain remover stick

This highly effective tool also saves the life of your garments. Stain removers work by employing enzymes or other proteins to break apart molecules of the stains. These enzymes eat and digest proteins and fats in stains. This method is so powerful that it can be used to treat stubborn stains such as blood and chocolate.

10. Organized Storage

Having a thought out and organized storage system is a key tool to having a well groomed wardrobe items. Consider how you like to get dressed and how that process is currently serving you. As you evaluate your dressing process write down the top 3 obstacles to stress free dressing. Remember to believe in your instincts. Your answers will vary but you will soon find yourself on a path to better connecting why you buy the wardrobe items you buy and how you are using them.

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