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The 5 Best Ways to Care for Your Clothes

(1) Check the Laundering Instructions…and do what it says: This is the simplest piece of advice you’ll ever get! Better yet, before falling in love with that beautiful shirt, jumpsuit, piece of lingerie in the store….look at the label and decide whether you’re really willing to do the hand-washing or other special treatment required.
  • Delicate items need a little mesh bag and a place to hang after washing. Take a look at the pull-down rods and valet rods that can be added to your laundry area. When needed, they’re right there and when you’re done, they slide out of the way!
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Valet Rod

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Pull-Down Rod

(2) Set Aside Ironing Space in the Laundry Room: Some of us love ironing, have a dedicated area and lovely lavender scented spray for our linens. But even if you’re a dedicated Permanent Press person, clothes sometimes come out of the dryer too wrinkled to wear. Many laundry areas are right in the main part of our homes, next to the kitchen, or in the master bathroom. We don’t want to have a huge ironing board in the middle of everything—the solution? Fold-out ironing boards!
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Fold Out Ironing Board (Open)

Fold Out Ironing Board (Closed)

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Fold Out Ironing Board (Closed)

(3) Got a Stain? Treat it Immediately: Most stains will respond well to the stain stick of your choice. The key consideration of course, after washing, don’t dry the garment until you’re sure the stain is gone. A couple of stain removal tricks:
  • Wine: Sprinkle salt on the stain to minimize saturation. Soak in cold water or borax solution for 30 minutes. Wash as usual.
  • Coffee: Soak in cold water. Then apply a pre-treatment product and wash as usual.
(4) Invest in Better Hangers: Using covered hangers, your clothes stay on the hangers in your closet. When you wear them, your clothes will fit nicely, without dimples or distortions. As an added benefit, the inexpensive felted hangers are space savers. You can fit more neatly hung clothing with these then is possible with a hodgepodge of tangled up hangers. If you’re feeling creative, check out the fun & functional yarn covered hangers.
Velvet Hangers (Amazon)

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Velvet Hangers (Amazon)

Yarn Bombed Hangers (Etsy)

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Yarn Bombed Hangers (Etsy)

(5) After Being in Storage, Seasonal Clothing can Smell Musty:
  • Dry clean only garments? Try vodka—it’s not just for drinking anymore. Vodka makes an effective deoderizer, and is less expensive than a special cleanser. Using a spray bottle, spray the musty item all over. Then hang it outdoors until dry.
  • If you have an outdoor space, hanging clothes in the fresh air is always effective, time-tested, and free!
  • Check the labels to confirm that they’re machine washable. Sort by color in the washing machine, no soap and add 2-3 cups of clear vinegar to the wash cycle. The vinegar smell only lasts for minutes; they’ll smell fresh and new after drying.

As seen on NBC’s George To The Rescue

Rose Ott Design invites Symmetry Closets to collaborate on a George To The Rescue (NBC) project in Island Park, NY.

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Symmetry Closets as seen on NBC’s George to the Rescue

This episode of George to the Rescue featured the Byrne family of Island Park, NY.

John “J.J.” Byrne, the oldest of two sons, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was seven years old, but that didn’t stop him from taking an active role in his community of Island Park, NY. JJ Byrne is civic-minded, he is assistant to the mayor of Island Park, an active member of the church, and he also works hard to fundraise and raise awareness for cystic fibrosis. J.J. fundraises for his team, “Team Shenanigans”, every year for the “Great Strides” walk by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tara Byrne, J.J.’s mother, is also active in the community, where she served as past president of the PTA, and now acts as a member on the Island Park school board. The Byrne family agreed they wanted a nautical theme to come through in the new interior design of each space dedicated to the rescue. The ocean colors and textures would match the family’s love for the tight-knit beach community. Rose Ott Design, George to the Rescue, NBC,Symmetry Closets This was Rose Ott’s fourth time working with George To The Rescue, and for this specific project, Rose asked Bonnie to help with the family’s laundry room in desperate need of organization. They both agreed custom cabinet built-ins for the laundry room would be just the right touch for optimal organization. The laundry room was cramped with hanging clothes and other miscellaneous household items, and there was a lack of storage space to begin with.
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Photo courtesy of Rose Ott Design

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Photo courtesy of Rose Ott Design

Bonnie and her custom closet team got to work to create storage with style. They installed a wall hanging iron board and a storage unit with baskets for that extra, personalized home organization touch. To pair with the nautical theme, Bonnie knew brushed brass was the best hardware choice to match the overall design theme. White shaker style cabinets and crown moldings completed the look.

A Space Tailored to Keep Out Dust and Toxins, But Still Have Room For Enjoyment

Rose and her team, which includes her husband and builder, Frank Ott, wanted to create a specialized area for all of J.J.’s extracurricular activities. They wanted a clean and organized space, but also a place where J.J. can relax and enjoy his environment. The George to the Rescue team took out the carpeting in the front room that would soon become J.J.’s home office, to eliminate any amount of excess dust or toxins that might irritate J.J.’s medical condition. J.J. mentioned that some of the kitchen appliances were in disrepair, and the space just wasn’t up to par for any type of entertaining – be it holding meetings involving fundraising, PTA or school board meetings. In the kitchen they ripped out and replaced the ceiling due to mold, again to limit toxins possibly in J.J.’s breathing environment. With home entertainment in mind Rose’s team got to work in the kitchen. Ripping out a wall in the kitchen opened the space for more room to entertain guests, and for the family to enjoy more time in one of the most intergral parts of the Byrne Family home. Now, the Byrne Family is set up for many years of joy in their newly revitalized home. The Symmetry Closets team thanks Rose Ott, and the George to the Rescue team for the opportunity to be a part of this project!
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Link to Team Shenanigans

Team Shenanigans Fundraising page