There are some debates almost as old as civilization and whether you should hang or fold your clothes is one of them. Everyone that cares about their clothing has an opinion on which is better. You’ve probably even got your share of anecdotes as to the clear superiority of one or the other. OROGOLD is sure you care about your attire since you care enough to try to look your best. It seems best to see what can be seen in this debate to see if there is anything more to it than simple opinion. Hanging or folding clothes will keep working regardless of what the information that follows, but you may want to consider adjusting your habits to take that much better care of your clothing.
Why is there a Debate?
Trying to look your best is always a chore. Fashion changes from season to season. You have to avoid life throwing random accidents your way that rip clothing. There’s also needing to dog those rogue glasses of wine at social functions to keep the stains away. With all of this, it is hardly surprising that people began contesting whether you should fold or hang clothes simply as a way to feel a sense of control over an aspect of clothing care. Most arguments go that folding your clothes will lead to creases in the clothing that degrade its appearance and will eventually become somewhat permanent over time even with a clothing iron. By contrast, hanging clothing leads to them slowly stretching and distorting over time. This is created with making clothing no longer fit well or leading to patterns no lo longer looking as attractive. There’s a bit of sense in each of these lines of thoughts, but they miss one thing: each fabric type is different.
Hanging clothing is the most visually appealing way of storing clothes. You can open your closet and readily pick through tops and bottoms as you seek the right combination for the day. There’s no question of where you put your favorite outfit as you can find it at a glance. An organized closet also provides a distinct sense of satisfaction. OROGOLD understands all of these aspects. Not all of your clothing will like this approach though. Lighter materials and dressier clothes should typically be hung in your closet. That favorite silk blouse you have? Hang it. The light evening dress for garden parties in the summer? Hang it. These benefit from it because their finer material is lighter than other clothing materials. The weight isn’t enough to drag them down and stretch them. Similarly, keeping them on hangars keeps them in their proper shape and prevents them from getting permanently wrinkled.
Most of us learn to fold our clothes first. This doesn’t go out of style as your age. We just stop folding everything once there’s finally something worth putting on a hanger. You do need to be selective about that though as the stories of fabrics getting stretched and distorted aren’t fully wrong. Clothing made of heavier materials like wool or that use decorative, bottom-heavy designs will suffer from being placed on a hanger. The weight will slowly stretch them out. As a result, you should fold these in half carefully for storage in a dress or another location. This will keep them safe and intact. Additionally, things like t-shirts that are made from coarser materials are easily folded as well. There is no real benefit to hanging them as the rough, more durable materials won’t be distorted by either method easily.
As with many great debates, the truth about hanging vs. folding is a mix of the arguments for both sides. There are distinct benefits to storing specific kinds of clothing in different ways, but for others there is no real effect. OROGOLD suggests going through your closet and dresser to consider the overall weight of the fabrics. It never hurts to reassess your previous storage choices. A quick update to how you’re storing your favorite clothes may be all its takes to extend their lives for years.