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Storing clothes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by VMan, Apr 30, 2003.

  1. VMan

    VMan Distinguished Member

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    Feb 26, 2003
    I am curious, how do all of you store your clothes?  I live in the dorms at my college, and the closets leave a lot to be desired.  I don't have many dressy clothes up here (i.e. suits, ties, etc.) but I do have many nice articles of clothing, and I would like to store them as best as I can.  

    My closet has a bar about 5' across, with a dresser-type unit underneath.  Half of the closet is about 5' from the bar to the ground, and the other half is about 3' from the bar to the top of the dresser unit, which makes only half of it usable (except for shorter t-shirts and such).  There are also 4 drawers (three stacked up on one side, a single one on the floor), each about 18" wide, 18" deep, and 8" high.  I store all my socks, undershirts, and boxers folded in one drawer, khakis folded in the other, jeans in another one, and sweaters in the last.  I hang up all of my shirts and light sweaters (silk-cashmere blends) on the rack, on good quality hangers.  Any advice on what to hang and what to fold would be appreciated.

    At home, things are different; I have a proper closet and dresser to hold things.  What types of pants should be hung up, and which should be folded?  Also, how can you avoid creases on items that are folded, aside from ironing each time before wearing them?  Should belts be coiled up, or hung straight?  Should ties be hung, or laid flat?  Any other additions would be great to hear as well.

  2. davei

    davei Senior Member

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    Apr 14, 2002
    Toronto, Canada
    I never hang sweaters, I find that no matter how good the hanger is, gravity will always stretch the knit no matter what. I always fold sweaters along a row of knitting - the wrist of one arm to the opposite shoulder hole, same for the other arm, then fold the bottom hem up over the arms to the neck. This way, there are no longitudinal folds (is that the right term?) which cause creases, and the sweaters can be stacked 5-10 high without major creasing. Pants: I mostly use clip hangers, unless they're distressed jeans, which I leave lying around [​IMG] I don't like to fold jeans since they're woven and tend to crease easily, so onto clip hangers they go (that sounds insanely fussy, I know.) Folding items with tissue paper (like if you bought it at a high end store) works to prevent creasing, also folding with a towel inside (or some other sacrificial piece) can help. You want a nice round fold (not a sharp bend) to minimize any creasing.

  3. A Harris

    A Harris Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Jan 6, 2003
    I store my suits, jackets and slacks in canvas garment bags. There is a bar inside each bag from which you can hang about 5 suits. I air my suits for 24 hrs on a valet before hanging them up in the closet. For moth prevention I remove stains immediately, shake the garments vigorously before putting them away and I put cedar sachets in the bags (dunno if they do any good though.) I hang my belts from a hook and I hang my ties from an apparatus of my own invention. I can't tell everyone about it though because I plan to market it one of these days [​IMG]

  4. gker

    gker Member

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    Oct 29, 2002
    I got this thing from Costco a while back (I think they still sell it) that all my friends had and seem quite usefull. It's a customizeable set of ? magical cubes ? for lack of a better description.

    Basically you get like a bunch of metal grills square in shape and then corner connectors and you can assemble them together in whatever way you want. I find folding my sweaters and knits etc and putting them in a cubby-hole configuration works nice for airing out my clothes in between wears without stretching from hanging and without suffocation in a drawer.

    I also set it up with an extra square at the top (to make it sort of a lowercase h on top of a bunch of cubes) and then hang pants over the edge (I'm lazy that way) and it seemed to reduce/eliminate wrinkles. Plus it's easier when you're tired to just throw your pants on top of a hanging pile heh. It's like a chair, but without the chair part.

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