If you’re going away for the weekend, here’s what to pack:
* Men: Something to sleep in (if desired), two changes of underwear, two pairs of socks, a pair of jeans, a T-shirt or casual shirt, a sport/dress shirt, a sweater, dress slacks (if needed), a tie (if needed), a sports jacket, a pair of shoes, and toiletries/grooming aids.
* Women: something to sleep in (if desired), two changes of underwear, two pairs of socks, jeans, a t-shirt or casual shirt, a dressy shirt or blouse, dress slacks or skirt (if needed), dressy shoes or pumps, panty hose, jewelry (if desired), silk scarf (if desired), and toiletries/grooming aids.
We’ve got everything ready to pack; now how do we pack it so that it stays fresh, clean, and is as wrinkle-free as possible? First, pack heavier things such as jeans, sweaters, sweatshirts, and jackets neatly folded in the bottom of the suitcase. Then pack shirts, dress, dress slacks/pants, and skirts on top. More easily wrinkled items should be placed at the bottom of the pile with less wrinkle-prone stuff toward the top. With shirts, fold the sleeves in toward the torso and fold the bottom half up to create a nice rectangle. Stack shirts neatly and snugly on top of one another in nice bundles. Lay dresses over the open suitcase, so that the ends hang over the sides, and gently fold them into the suitcase. Pants and skirts should be folded in half lengthwise and then folded in half to reduce the amount of wrinkling.
To pack accessories, roll ties and belts and place in pockets to avoid shifting, Acid-free tissue is great for wrapping around ties to prevent soiling or damage. Pack underwear in mesh laundry bags or side pockets to save space. When unpacking shoes, put them in plastic or cloth shoe bags. (Some shoes come with them; if not, purchase them at organizational or house ware stores). Place them along the perimeter of your suitcase to take up as little space as possible, individually bagged and places heel to toes. Also, use your socks to stuff your shoes. This will save room in your suitcase and help your shoes retain their shape while traveling. Fine lingerie, silk scarves, and panty hose should be placed in lingerie bags to prevent snagging and bunching. Toiletries should be securely capped and wrapped in individual plastic bags that can be sealed to prevent leakage and then placed in a separate toiletries bag. Nobody wants to arrive at their destination only to discover that their bottle of shampoo has opened and drowned their favorite clothes in a pool of sticky green liquid! Essential toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, makeup, and medication) should be packed into your carry-on in case your suitcase is lost or stolen. Also, never pack jewelry, cash, identification, passports, keys, travel documents, credit cards, or anything else valuable in your suitcase. Always pack these items in your carry-on for safekeeping. The most wonderful vacation will turn into a trip from hell if you lose those items. Don’t let this happen to you. Pack smart and travel safe!
The best way to store handbags is to hang them from S-shaped hooks on a rod in your closet or lined up on a shelf. Be careful not to hang them too close together in a jumble because they might get damaged. Also, as with the rest of your wardrobe, separate them by color and style. This way, if you are looking for a particular kind of handbag, it will be easier to locate what you want without having to look through your entire collection.
Never store handbags full of stuff. Not only will doing so make it difficult for you to remember where you have your passport and checkbook stashed, but also, handbags crammed full of life’s little things will lose their shape and become damaged. Before storing your handbag, empty its contents. Throw away any unnecessary pieces of paper, old lipstick tubes, and loose mints and put away your wallet, keys, eyeglasses, passport, checkbook, and other essentials in a location where you can easily find them and transfer them to your new handbag. Stuff—but don’t overstuff! —the bag with acid-free tissue. Check them for scuffs, scratches and nicks. If your bag is leather, polish it. If your bag is suede, brush it with a suede brush, making sure to keep the nap going in one direction. Do not use a toothbrush, hairbrush, or any other brush that is not meant for suede. If your bag has a scratch or spot and you have no idea how to get rid of it, take it to your favorite shoe-repair store or ask your local dry cleaner for advice.
Use shelf dividers to keep your bags neat and tidy.
Three basic ways to best store your shoes are: in pairs on a flat shelf, in pairs on a slanted shelf, or in open-ended shoe boxes that can be stacked. (Note: I can’t stand closed up vessels that make it difficult to get to the goods right away.) In my closet, you’ll find shoes on shelves with heels up high, flats down low with the toes facing out to me so I can see the whole shoe.
Whatever you choose remember that before you do any storing, your kicks should be in the best possible condition. A good shoe repair specialist is worth his or her weight in gold!
And never, ever put away wet shoes. They invite mold and mildew and can be permanently ruined. If you’re caught in a rainstorm with your favorite pair of shoes, take them off as soon as possible. Dry them carefully with a clean towel and stuff the toes with acid-free tissue. Then, put them on top of a clean towel in a warm, well-ventilated area. Never put wet shoes on top of or too near a heat source such as a radiator or baseboard heat—the extreme temperature can cause the leather to crack or buckle.
Here at Clos-ette Too we don't dig jewelry boxes for two reasons. They clutter up the surfaces of your bedroom and they keep your jewelry in jumbled heaps that are almost always impossible to sort. There are great alternative ways to store your jewelry. We love, love, love a pegboard in a closet. By inserting little hooks in the perfect Julia Child-inspired holey boards, you can sort and store your stuff safely. It allows for easy viewing and prevents entanglements.
Another great way to store your family jewels is in felt-lined trays. Whether you have splashy costume baubles or exquisite five-carat diamonds, setting up a segregated drawer for your precious cargo keeps your necklaces and bracelets and earrings separate and will make accessorizing much simpler. Also, say goodbye to scratches and tangles.
When you're on the go, our Signature Travel Jewelry Cases are a great way to keep your valuables neatly stashed.
Scarves provide a splash of color to our outfits. Silk scarves can be hung in easily accessible, full display draped over space-saving, shape-saving specialty bars like our Clos-ette by Nanz hardware.
A belt can be hung on a hook or a belt hanger or rolled and placed on shelf. Like shoes and handbags, leather belts should be polished and suede brushed. Fancy belts with elaborate buckles and jewel-encrusted bands should be stored the way you would a large piece of jewelry to avoid damage in a separate velvet-lined box or in an individual pouch made out of felt or velvet. If a specific belt is part of a coat or outfit, it should be hung with it, to avoid losing it.
Bonus for those of you who live with a suited guy or your style icon is Annie Hall: How to store ties. Always use a tie rack. Avoid folding them (or, worse, balling them in your coat pocket as the night wears on)—they’ll become creased and lose shape. If you get a spot or stain on your tie or scarf, take it to your favorite dry cleaner and have professionally cleaned as soon as possible.