Frugal Friday Tips – Get the Most from Your Closet

by Ryan Yates on March 2, 2012

No Lion . . . No Witch

Assuming you don’t have a $5000 per month clothing budget like the hosts on What Not to Wear hand out each episode, you could probably use a few useful and creative tips about how to get the most from your closet.

Buying clothes isn’t like going out to eat, you can’t just stop buying new clothes. And let’s face it, as great as the discount clothing stores can be, sometimes you just can’t find what you need.

Let’s take a look at how to keep what you have in the best condition possible.

Care Instructions – Follow Them

Tags aren’t only for displaying sizes. Don’t treat the washing instructions as mere suggestions, that’ll lead to fabric nightmares. Instead, try actually following those instructions. It’s going to help keep your outfits in the best condition possible. Plus, you don’t need to be a rebel all of the time, do you?

Classic Styles are Worth More

A wardrobe full of classic pieces of clothing would be too boring for most people. But if you’re closet has a majority of classic pieces with a few accents thrown in here and there, the combos are almost endless. And you won’t have the price tag that comes with a closet full on the latest trends.

Inside Out

Have you ever noticed that the design on your favorite t-shirt starts to crack and peel over time? If you turn them inside out, there is less stress on the design and it’s won’t stretch and crack as quickly. The same inside out technique can add life to most all of your clothes. You can reduce fuzziness, seam splits, and unraveling threads by turning your clothes inside out.

Repair Instead of Replace

I never knew how expensive toddler shoes could be until I had a toddler of my own. Not just the cost, but the rate at which they wear out adds to the overall expense. We bought our little guy a pair o Velcro strap shoes, and the straps started to pull apart within 2 months. But the shoes still fit perfectly. The solution: I got out my needle and thread and fixed the problem.

You may not be able to fix every clothing issue that arises, but even fixing half of the problems yourself will go a long way in saving you money. Plus, you won’t develop a nasty habit of going on a shopping spree every time a seam splits open.

Stop Throwing Away Clothes

Everyone knows the cost-cutting benefits of hand me downs. But if you have outgrown, or under-grown, some key pieces of your wardrobe, hang on to them for a few months. Weight seems to fluxuate for a lot of people. Don’t completely overhaul your entire closet just because you’ve gained or lost a few inches. You might need some backups later down the line.

Hangers Are the Enemy

I want to talk about a sensitive subject right now – shoulder nipples. Do you have them? You know, those little bumps in the shoulder of your shirts because the corners of the hanger made a permanent impression? They’re the worst! If you’re not careful, hangers can stretch and ever tear your clothes. The next time you hang something in your closet, please, for all of us out here, do it delicately.

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