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10 Common Wardrobe Storage Mistakes

Every person has to store clothes somehow, but not everyone knows how to do it properly. Sometimes favorite and expensive clothes are ruined because of that.

In this article, Bright Side will tell you about 10 common mistakes you should avoid to keep your clothes as good as new.

10. Incorrectly storing seasonal clothes

Before you put away your clothes for seasonal storage, get all your outer clothing dry-cleaned. Don't put uncleaned clothes into the wardrobe because your fur coat might lose its original shine, and leather clothes might become less glossy and flexible. Another thing you should not forget to do is put some insecticides on your clothes.

9. Vacuum packaging all sorts of clothing

Vacuum bags have become very popular lately, but this way of storage is not good for fur and genuine leather because the clothes will "suffocate" without an oxygen supply. They will have an unpleasant smell, outer parts will be sticky, and fur will be broken and damaged.

8. The wrong hangers

Don't be cheap about hangers. If you have 5 hangers and 10 pieces of clothing, you have a problem. Another thing you should never do is layer several pieces of clothing. When there are 5-7 items on top of each other, the clothes don't "breathe," becoming unpressed.

  • Choose hangers according to clothing sizes. This will prevent bubbles on the sleeves.
  • Hangers must be chosen according to the type and the weight of clothes: don't put heavy fur coats and leather jackets on small thin hangers. Dresses made of delicate fabric shouldn't be put on old wooden hangers that might tear the fabric.

7. Incorrectly storing knitted clothes and sweaters

Knitted and woolen clothes shouldn't be stored on hangers. This makes them lose their shape and become loose. Shelves are perfect for storing soft fluffy sweaters. Fold woolen sweaters, and keep them on a separate shelf. If you put something on top of it, you will break its shape.

6. Keeping long dresses on hangers

Dresses and skirts which are long enough to touch the floor are best stored on a bar. This way, you won't have to iron them very often.

5. Incorrectly storing pants

Besides the usual bar for hangers, modern wardrobes have moving bars. But woolen and knitted clothes stretch where they are folded, and if you use a hanger with clips, it might leave a mark. So the best way to store pants is a hanger that clips the entire length.

4. Folding bras in half

If you fold bras like this, there is a risk that you spoil the appearance of these items that have such an important mission: to hold the breasts and enhance their beauty. It's better to arrange your bras so that the left cup of one bra sits by the same cup of the next one.

3. Using a shelf instead of a hanger and vice versa

Blouses, shirts, and dresses made of delicate fabric should be put on hangers that match their sizes. Woolen and knitted clothes are best stored on shelves to avoid stretching them.

2. Storing multiple pieces of clothing on hangers that were not designed for this purpose

Probably the worst idea you can have is to put several things on one hanger. You won't get more space in the wardrobe, but you will definitely spoil the clothes underneath. Several pieces of clothing on one hanger is only okay if the hanger has several levels.

1. Storing unbuttoned and unzipped clothes

When you put your clothes on hangers, don't forget to button or zip them up. This way there is a better chance that your clothes will keep their shape.

Illustrated by Natalia Kulakova for Bright Side