5 Tips to Keep Your Closet Fresh to Death
The catchphrase ‘so fresh, so clean’ typically applies to one’s attire, but for those gentlemen that truly want to go above and beyond, it should extend to the very place where dapper apparel is stored. There are plenty of men wondering how to keep a closet fresh, and GlamorSLAP is always on the case when it comes to maintaining a well-polished appearance, including advice on maintain a pristine closet. Under our guidance, you will never have to fret over your wardrobe status ever again.
There Is No Time Like The Present
For men that have ever wondered when the best time is for cleaning a closet, the answer is easy: right now! The sooner you clear your closet out and get things in order, the sooner you will feel at ease knowing your clothes and accessories will be free from mildew and bacteria that can plague many a closet and cause odors. To get started, the most effective way is to removing everything – begin from scratch, then disinfect your way to cleanliness. Once all articles of clothing have been removed – your collection of shoes, ties, hats, and storage containers – you will be able to see exactly which areas need attention.
Cleanliness Is Next to Gentlemanliness
As the king of your castle, that kingdom extends to your closet’s cleanliness, so be sure not to neglect it! Closet space is especially prone to odors that the rest of your home never suffer from because of poor ventilation. To combat stuffiness, mold, and other questionable aromas, the following guidelines will maintain the regality of your realm – every section, every nook, every cranny.
To eradicate any stuffy odors, invest in scented cedar blocks. Not only are they organic and more appealing than clinical smelling mothballs, they will liven up the air in the room effectively. Also, don’t discard away your shoe boxes! Instead, keep a few of them around and make it a part of your normal routine to place shoes back in their boxes after each use. For men that suffer from athlete’s foot, baking powder sprinkled in shoes will go a long way towards eliminating pesky odors that can potentially offend.
Just because you own a smoker’s jacket, it doesn’t mean your jacket or closet has to smell like a pack of Marlboro Light’s. Everyone knows smoke stays in clothes forever, but there are a few tricks to rid a closet of the pesky smell. A traditional approach that has been used for generations is neutralizing the air with white vinegar. Mix half a cup with warm water, then wipe down the shelves, corners, walls, and the floors of the closet. For carpeted floors, opt to sprinkle baking soda all over, allowing it to marinate for an hour before running a vacuum over it. Voila! Presto! Odors gone!
Once the element of funk has been removed, you can now move on to the more fun part: deciding what stays in your realm and what gets exiled.
Wear It Well Or Not At All
Like most men, there are clothes that we wear often, apparel for special events, and clothing that never leaves the closet. To maximize the cleanliness and well-heeled look of a clutter-free gentleman, go through your entire collection of clothes, shoes, and accessories, systematically removing the items that you rarely (or never) wear. A great way to know which clothes you wear most often involves hanging pieces using the reverse hanger trick. After a few months, you will know which clothes have won their way into your permanent stash.
Donate to an up and coming gentleman or your local charity in the grand tradition of paying it forward.
To Keep, To Have, And To Hold
Now that you’ve donated the extra clothing to some lucky gentleman, it’s time to concentrate on what’s left – the best of the rest. These items should be the ones that flatter you in every way, fit you today (not once you lose a few pounds or bulk up in the gym), and are in peak condition. The only asterisk to this would be those clothes that need repairing that fall into the ‘keep’ category. So hold on to those impressive jackets that need a new button or two, or those leather shoes that need to be re-soled.
Accessories To Incorporate Into Your Closet
When it comes to tidying up your closet, it doesn’t take a village, but what it does take are a few accessories in order to execute it correctly. If you’ve invested good money in good clothes, why skimp when it comes to the upkeep? There are a few necessities that, if not already included, should be featured in your closet. First and foremost, a stackable organizer is a must, along with a tie and belt rack for a collection you may have sprawled around across several drawers. Also, obtain a cap holder and a shoe organizer for those shoes that are clean and don’t leave a smell. Note: if the shoes are prone to smell, either from the gym or yard work, get boxes for them.
Items in your closet that are not worn during the current season can be stored elsewhere to maximize the space in your closet. That includes winter caps and coats, camping/hiking apparel, and ski-wear that can use up more space than you think. To keep your clothes in their immaculate condition, be sure to use proper hangers. That equates to wide hangers for your coats and suits, pant hangers for your dress pants. Since your closet is akin to your mini-sanctuary, keep it as tidy as possible by having a designated place for everything in it. The gent that manages to conquer his closet space is destined to rule the sartorial world at large.