CHECK THE FRIGGIN' LABELS Let me tell you the tale of a favorite little wool ski sweater that now provides Albuquerque with first-rate muffin top exposure...
|It'll be hers sooner than expected.|
STEP AWAY FROM THE LAUNDRY BASKET Don't wash your clothes all the time! Use common sense, use the sniff test, whatever you have to do to convince yourself you can wear that piece a second time. Washing your clothes after every use obviously: uses more resources and wears down your clothes quicker. How about airing out a garment after a wearing instead of the wash? Or hang it in the bathroom while you shower?
|Hang time instead of spin time.|
And....I cannot believe I'm writing this...wear aprons. I do leave my shoes on but I will admit to you - I wear the crap out of my apron. The enemy of a mommy minimalist wardrobe is bacon grease and strawberry jam. It might even be a good idea to wear it around the changing table...
|Jeans, white shirt and apron. |
It's pretty much my uniform.
YOU GOTTA...KEEP 'EM SEPARATED Not just colors and whites. Pay attention to material. Keep terry cloth towels and denim away from your delicate stuff. It's like giving your camisoles an hour-long sandpaper-massage. Those yoga clothes you wished you used for actual yoga class? They'll pill if washed with heavier fabrics. Or, if you can't fathom starting an extra load for just a few items then turn them...
INSIDE OUT By turning your clothes inside out, they pill on the inside. While you're at it, turn colored stuff inside out. Especially dark jeans.
CHECK POCKETS FOR STRAY CRAYONS A stray crayon...oh God. I don't even want to think about it.
TURN IT DOWN A NOTCH Keep the water temps lower. Hot is rarely needed for washing, and even low is a fine enough temp for drying unless you've got eight terry cloths in there.
DON'T STUFF THE WASHER Oh this one is hard for me because I suffer from "But it's only one more towel!" but not only does it degrade the wash job going on in there, an overstuffed washer can't get all the detergent off your clothes.
BE NICE TO YOUR JEANS Inside out, cold water and hang to dry. Yep. How long did it take you to a) find those perfect jeans or b) fit into those perfect jeans? Don't screw it up. Hard core crush on your denim? Hang upside down to reduce shrinkage. So I've read but cannot attest to.
KILL YOUR DRYER Or at least save it for your linens. Be careful of hanging delicate items. I dry them on a towel on the bed. When you do use the dryer, take stuff out ASAP so you don't have to iron them.
LEARN, LIKE, TWO SEWING HACKS How to replace a button and execute a blind stitch to fix tears. While living in a remote town in Panama, I owned even less clothes than I do now so you better believe I learned how to fix them.
|YouTube became my BFF.|
|C'mon! It was cashmere!|