Take a deep breath, grit your teeth and let your ruthless streak run wild.
This is definitely the stage at which you need the company of a good (and honest) friend, a strong will and
concentration of a Buddhist monk.
I would advise you to go through wardrobe at the beginning of every season, asking some pretty
demanding questions of every piece:
- Does it fit?
- Is it comfortable?
- Is it flattering?
- Have I worn it in the last year?
- If not, why not?
- Is it still in fashion?
- If it's not - will it come back into fashion?
- Would I wear it if it was altered - let out, taken in, shoulder pads removed, shortened, buttons changed, dyed another colour?
Then make three piles:
The Good -- these go back into the wardrobe on the right hangers in colour families and grouped in trousers jackets
dresses blouses etc.
The Bad -- Items that need something doing i.e. Dry cleaned, mended, altered etc
The Ugly -- Items that can be sold (or swap with friends) Or sent to charity.
Spring clean wardrobe:
Once you've sorted your clothes, pay a little attention to your wardrobe.
- Vacuum throughout
- Wash down shelves and woodwork
- Replace lavender bags, moth repellents and potpourri (pretty dishes of herbs)
- Cedar wood sheets can be bought from the local joinery workshop, cabinetmaker or DIY store. These can
be used as draw liners or placed at the bottom of the wardrobe and are insect repellent and leave a nice
aromatic smell. They can be refreshed by buffing them up with sand paper.
- You can also visit www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk for many clothing care products!
If you want to repel moths from your wardrobe but want a chemical-free method, then lavender is the perfect solution.
Using the lavender plant to repel clothes moths is an old homemaker's trick. Lavender will also leave a pleasant scent behind.
The natural aromas in lavender repel moths. In spite of being the insect world's pickiest eaters (only your finest natural fibers, such as your new cashmere, will satisfy), it seems moths do not share our attraction to the purple flower's perfume.
Lavender will not, however, kill moth eggs or larvae, so be sure the space is free of them first.
Both of the Total Wardrobe Care signature scents 'May Chang' for females and 'Vetivert' both contain lavender. This not only prevents moths from eating little holes into your favourite clothes but it also leaves them smelling devine.
Instructions for use:
Slide in between piles of folded garments. Use two for a standard sized drawer. It is sealed in cellophane which holds the fragrance until opened.
(Made in the UK)
Shop Total Wardrobe Care products here: www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk
The Wardrobe Curator
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