8 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

We’re gathering up our best tips on clothing care, so you can keep the pieces you love longer. Don’t spend time and money on new items if you don’t have to! Reduce, reuse and recycle applies to your closest, too. 

Keep reading for ideas on keeping your clothes looking beautiful!

  1. Remove grease stains by adding a can of Coke to your washer, and cycle as you normally would.
  2. No time for dry cleaning? No worries! Toss a lightly worn or wrinkled item in the dryer with a dryer sheet and an ice cube. It’ll release the wrinkles and smell so fresh!
  3. Polish and shine patent leather using regular old Windex. It’ll brighten it and help remove dirt and dust.
  4. Don’t buy a “vintage” t-shirt! Make your own! Take any regular tee you own and brine it in a salt water solution that’s 1 quart water and 1/2 cup salt. Leave the shirts for three days and tumble dry. Voila! They’ll have that soft, worn, vintage feel you crave.
  5. Wash new jeans twice before taking them to a tailor. Jeans always shrink when washed.
  6. Make leather shoes and moccasins last longer, especially if you always wear them without socks, by stuffing them with a soft cloth after use. This helps them keep their shape and absorbs moisture!
  7. Turn socks into a heating pad by filling them with rice or dry beans and putting in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  8. Faded black jeans? Add two cups of brewed coffee to your next rinse cycle and it will help retain the dark color. 


And… a bonus tip!

Becuase we really appreciate your reading this post all the way through, we want to give you a bonus tip to care for your clothes! Here it is:

*BONUS: This is especially important for Chicago folks! If you wear tennis shoes in the snow and sludge, apply Scotch-Guard Fabric & Upholstery Protector to make them water-resistant and keep them looking great! Also, a toothbrush and a little toothpaste goes a LONG way towards making them white again!

We hope these tips help you get the most out of your wardrobe! You can wear your favorite clothes all year by keeping them fresher, longer, saving time and resources on purchasing new ones. 

Besides, what’s better than a well-loved piece that still looks great after years of use? Clothes can turn into conversation pieces after they’ve collected two years worth of wear and stories. 

Let us know how YOU make your favorite items last in the comments below! And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @GetMyArmoire!

We appreciate every new follower and we can’t wait to bring our amazing service to you!

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Best Twitter Accounts To Organize Your Home

If you’re looking to reorganize your wardrobe or clear out some of the clutter from your closet, you can find inspiration in many places online. The first you probably thought of was Pinterest, right? But have you checked Twitter lately?
While going through the #closetorganization hashtag, we found loads of great accounts that post cleaning, organizing and minimal living tips. Here are some of our favorites.

1. @megansmovingco

This is a moving company based in central Florida and is still a small account, but the graphics are phenomenal and you’ll get a solid mix of home decor, moving and packing tips and other content. Though of course our favorites are those like “The Top Clutter Hotspots in Every Home.” 

2. @AptTherapy

While Apartment Therapy is famous for all kinds of lifestyle and home decor content, we do love their posts about organizing, which some of the accounts on this list often retweet. We recently shared their “9 Clever Ways to Organize Your Home with Pegboard.”

3. @InnovateHomeOrg

Truly an account focused on making your home the best it can be, they post home organization and interior design content consistently. It’s super visual and engaging as well.

4. @Organize-It

Another solely dedicated to helping you tame the mess in your life. We love this post about revamping your closet without breaking the bank. They also post about organizational books, the best storage solutions and more. True dedication! 

5. @GetMyArmoire

How could we not mention ourselves? We post constantly about how to clean your closet, care for what’s in it, and tell you more about our professional storage and delivery service for your seasonal clothes. Live spaciously! 

6. @ClosetWorksPA

Last but not least, this company offers closet organization systems in PA. Even if you don’t live in the state, you’ll love reading their de-cluttering tips!

If you’re still craving more tips, try sorting through #organization, #cleaning or #minimal on Twitter. Be sure to share your favorite finds with us @GetMyArmoire

How Clutter Affects Your Health

We talk a lot about reducing clutter in your life, caring for the clothes in your closet and generally trying to tame messiness. Part of that is because we’re passionate about helping you live spaciously, but part of that is also because having a cluttered house can really negatively affect your life.
Below, you can read about the real impact that having too much stuff can have on you, along with a couple tips on what to do when it becomes overwhelming.

1. You can’t focus.

Researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute found that clutter restricts your ability to focus and hinders processing information. This makes you distracted, and you can’t perform as well as you would if you were working or living in a clean, organized environment.

2. Your children suffer.

Seriously, the Huffington Post reported that children in decluttered classrooms perform 13 percent better on tests.

3. It’s a sign of bigger problems.

In 2008, the New York Times reported that people think clutter is a “house problem,” when it could really be a sign of a larger health issue. 

While most people don’t struggle with hoarding, which the Times reported many experts believe is a mental illness, we can learn from those who do. Instead of seeing each individual object, take a step back and look at the cluttered state, or the big picture, instead. You might be surprised to find “chronic disorganization” is your problem. 

What do you do to combat these problems though? If clutter reduces mental clarity and calm, affects our loved ones and could be a warning sign for deeper issues, how do you stop it?

The first step is recognizing your issue. What parts of your life are cluttered? Is is physical or not? You could have a stuffed email inbox full of message you haven’t responded to, or you could have dozens of shirts stuffed in a drawer you can’t close.

Either way, begin to look for resources to guide your “stuff detox.” Search through the #organization hashtags on social media platforms and find guides and inspiration. Then, make it actionable and clean it up! You might find that the benefits of a clean house are more than physical. You might feel calmer, more serene, and a bit more happy as well.

For more information about organizing and getting your closet in order, you can follow Armoire on Twitter @getmyarmoire. 

How to Care for Everything in Your Closet

Chances are you have some beautiful clothes in your closet, and you want to make them last. Evening gowns, business suits, wool, denim and other fabrics all last longer when you properly care for them. It also ensures they look great, keeping their shape and color. 
Keeping your clothes beautiful means saving money, but of course it also means your wardrobe is ready for any occassion at any time, becuase your clothes are always ready and willing to go! If you want to enjoy your favorite pieces for seasons to come, keep reading for tips on caring for them.

1. To fold or to hang?

Not every article of clothing should be hung. Jeans and some sweaters in particular can get creased, or your sweaters will get those ugly shoulder lumps that just won’t go away. Consider folding some of your clothes and store them flat in a dresser or on a shelf in your closet instead.

2. When the tag says dry clean only, believe it.

Don’t be one of those that reads a tag that says, “dry clean only,” and think, “it’ll be fine,” then throw it in the wash. Wool especially will shrink in really odd places and completely lose any shape or cut in the wash. Be prepared to invest in dry cleaning or don’t buy the piece.

3. Don’t over-wash denim.

Just as you don’t necessarily need to wash your hair every day, you don’t necessarily need to wash your jeans every wear. If you spill coffee in your lap and have a stain, sure, but don’t wear your jeans out if you don’t have to. Washing machines and dryers are hard on clothing, so avoid tossing them into the “clothes blender” unless you have to. For jeans, try washing every 2-3 wears.

4. Store your clothes clean.

If you’re not going to wear an item for a while, say, if it’s a seasonal piece, don’t store it dirty! To avoid smells, stains and other undesirables creeping permanently into your clothes, clean them properly before tucking them away.

5. Read the tag!

At the end of the day, the manufacturer’s care tag knows best and was sewn into the clothing for a reason. Just as you should trust a tag that says, “dry clean only,” you should pay attention and ensure you wash an item in cold water if that’s what’s called for. Don’t risk it; it matters or it wouldn’t be printed there.

6. Use a clothing storage service.

If you really want to make sure you’re giving your clothes the best possible treatment, consider investing in a clothing storage service like Armoire. If you live in Chicago, we can pick your clothes up, profesionally clean and store them, then return them whenever you like. The best news? Armoire is taking presale applications TOMORROW, so jump in while there’s still space available!

Create More Space in Your Closet

In our last post, we gave you seven signs your closet might be overstuffed. Did any of them apply to you? If so, you may be looking for a way to clean and organize your space. 

If you didn’t see it, that’s okay! There’s probably a reason you came to this post, and we’re here to help. Keep reading for ideas on creating more space in your closet, so you can enjoy the pieces you already have and make room for additional ones!

1. Do the donate, keep and toss challenge. 

Make three piles, baskets or bags and book yourself a couple of hours to go through every clothing item you own, separating each piece into the donate, keep or toss pile. Donate items that no longer fit, are no longer your style, or that you haven’t worn in more than four months (excluding seasonal pieces. If you wore it heavily last season, keep it!) Keep items you love, items that express your style, and basics you use to build many outfits. Trash items that are torn, stained, or otherwise ruined or not wearable. 

2. Invest in organizers. 

There are so many organizing tools you can use—shoe organizers, scarf hangers, and more! Find the ones you love and invest in a system that works for you. We really love The Container Store; they have so many options to get all your stuff in order!

3. Find some DIY inspiration 

There’s nothing short of thousands of DIY closet inspiration on Pinterest. You can find our inspirational ideas @armoirechicago. Scroll through our “Closet Organization” or our “Beautiful Closets” boards to find projects that will help you decide on a clear direction for your space. What do you want it to look it? How will you make that happen? Find what you love and then create a plan to make those goals a reality.

4. Store off-season clothes
If you live in Chicago, you can use a service like Armoire, which picks up, stores, cleans and then delivers your clothes on demand. If you don’t, look for a similar service near you, or invest in a small storage locker. Worst case scenario, grab some large boxes at the U-Haul store and hide those puffer coats away. This way, you aren’t taking up space in your closet with items in the summer! You can’t create great outfits if you can’t find anything, or are constantly looking at the wrong pieces.

So there you have it, four really solid ways to create some space in your closet! The first one alone will get you really closer to your goal, but incorporating others will take your closet game next level. Care for your best clothing pieces, live spaciously, and you’ll find it much easier to express your style. Fashion happens when you make deliberate decisions about what to wear, and building great outfits happens when you declutter

7 Signs Your Closet is Too Full

Do you ever feel like you have nothing to wear, but plenty of clothes? Or do you ever want a specific pair of jeans or your favorite sweater, but can’t find it?

You may have an overloaded, stuffed closet. 

While it might seem like a good thing to have hundreds of pieces in your closet, clutter is often frustrating and makes you feel depressed or anxious. The more there is, the longer it takes to organize and it’ll be tough to find your favorite clothes.

If you feel like you need a wardrobe overhaul or are thinking of taking drastic measures, don’t do it just yet! You may just have an overloaded closet. Read these seven signs your closet is too full, and then decide.

1. You have a mix of winter and summer clothes.

2. You always run out of hangers.

3. You can’t find what you’re looking for.

4. You can’t close your dressers, or some clothes are always in chairs, in the laundry basket, etc.

5. You find something you bought months (or years!) ago with the tag still on it.

6. You just can’t bring yourself to clean it. The thought alone is exhausting.

7. Putting together an outfit you actually like takes forever.

Does this sound like you yet? If so, you may want to think of donating the extra pieces to those in need or using a service like Armoire, which stores, cleans and delivers your off-season clothes whenever you need them.

If you have too many pieces in your closet, you’ll never be able to find the ones you want. So consider those organizing tips and get your wardrobe in order!