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METHODS OF STORING FAMILY CLOTHING

Family clothing can be stored in the following storage spaces:

  1. A wardrobe or closet
  2. A box, suitcase, bags
  3. A chest of drawers or shelves.

 

WARDROBE OR CLOSET

Storing clothes in the wardrobe with the use of good quality plastic hangers is the best method of storing clothes. Some wardrobe units consist of a section for hanging clothes, a section with shelves for folded clothes, the bottom part for shoes, the top having fitted doors for storing suit cases and boxes. Wardrobes prevent clothes from creasing and help them to maintain their original shape.

 

GUIDELINES FOR STORING CLOTHES IN WARDROBE/CLOSET

  1. Keep the wardrobe clean regularly and away from ants, cockroaches and house hold pests
  2. Put camphor balls on the wardrobe to keep away cockroaches and ants
  3. Use good quality hangers to hang clothes. Do not use metal or iron made hangers
  4. Do not overcrowd the wardrobe with clothes
  5. Hang similar items together in a place for easy identification
  6. Keep clothes in the wardrobe according to the fabric types for example woollen materials can be folded inside the shelves/drawers. Thick fabric clothes e.g. skirts, trousers can be hanged from the waist band. Suits can be hanged to prevent them from being rumpled
  7. Keep the wardrobe away from dust but save the clothes from dust and dirt by covering them with white water proof bags
  8. Air and brush the clothes always to prevent mould and dust
  9. Iron the clothes before storing them in the wardrobe.

 

BOXES/SUITCASES/BAGS

Good quality boxes, suitcases and bags can be used to store clothes. Do not select boxes, bags made from metal or easy to peel fabrics for storing your clothes, else they will leave permanent marks or stains on the clothes.

 

GUIDELINES FOR STORING CLOTHES IN BOXES/SUITCASES/BAGS

  1. Store only clean clothes
  2. Iron the clothe properly before storing them in the box
  3. Fold properly the ones that are not ironed before storing them in the bag or suitcases
  4. Keep the box, bag or suitcase clean
  5. Close the bag or suitcase properly to prevent dust
  6. Put some camphor balls in the box, suitcase and bags to keep away insects.

 

DRAWERS OR SHELVES.

Constructed drawers and shelves made with suitable wood and highly finished can be used to store clothes

GUIDELINES FOR STORING CLOTHES IN DRAWERS OR SHELVES

  1. Store only clean clothes
  2. Iron the clothes before storing
  3. Fold and arrange the clothes properly inside drawers and shelves
  4. Arrange the clothes according to their use for easy location
  5. Put some camphor balls inside the drawers and shelves to keep away insects.

 

ACCESSORIES: Accessories are items worn by everyone apart from clothes to complete one are dressing. Examples are shoes, handbags, jewelry, hat , make ups, scarf etc.

 

Shoes are articles we put on our feet to protect them from dirt.

Care Of Shoes

  1. Clean your shoes immediately after each use
  2. Repair your shoes as soon as they cut
  3. Stuff your shoes with clean old newspaper or shoe trees to keep them in shape
  4. Arrange them on shoe rack or shelf.

 

Jewellery: Jewellery are earrings, necklaces, rings, broaches, bangles etc. that we put on.

 

Care Of Jewellery

  1. Get a small suitable box or container with cover lined with soft cloth or wool for storage of jewellery
  2. Arrange the jewellery properly in the box or container
  3. Keep the box closed always to avoid dust and rusting
  4. Keep jewellery away from liquid e.g. water, kerosene
  5. Clean jewellery according to type e.g. gold, silver, when dirty.

 

GENERAL PROCEDURES FOR MAINTAINING HOUSEHOLD LINEN

  1. Dirty  or soiled linen such as bed sheets should be kept in a covered basket or laundry bag until they are laundered
  2. Some linen such as napkins and floor clothes should be washed immediately after each use
  3. Care must be taken to remove all stains during washing process
  4. Washed linen should be properly ironed and aired
  5. Fold the aired linen properly
  6. Heavy linen such as bed sheets should be stored in dry airy shelves in a cupboard. Storage cupboard should be strong
  7. Small light articles, such s tea clothes, napkins, place mats may be kept in drawers.
  8. Cover stored linen with Mushin or other suitable material to prevent dust from settling on them.
  9. Similar articles e.g. sheets, pillow cases, towels e.t.c. should be kept together
  10. Mend the linen as soon as a tear is noticed. Linen should not be stored in a fray or torn condition.
  11. Keep linen in good repair as long as possible.

 

EVALUATION

  • State 5 guidelines for storing clothes in the wardrobe
  • State three methods/ types of clothes storage.
  • State 5 procedures for maintaining household linen

 

ASSIGNMENT

Using flowery materials, prepare a table cover for a standard dining table.

 

See also

CLOTHIING REPAIRS

CARE OF FAMILY CLOTHING AND HOUSEHOLD LINEN

FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

MAINTENANCE OF THE FAMILY HOUSE

THE FAMILY HOUSE

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