We don’t have to tell you that women love clothes. Just look in our closets — they’re stuffed tighter than Joan Rivers face. Maybe it’s in our DNA. Or maybe it’s our GPS that we programmed to find sales at the mall.
But our troubles only begin in the dressing room when we’re whispering “please fit, please fit, please fit, I think I love you” to the clothes we’re trying on.
Eventually we have to take care of all these beautiful garments if we want them to last until the next trend. There’s tailoring, cleaning and folding, oh my.
So hang with us and let these QuirkOut ideas teach you about things women do to take care of their clothes.
STRIP TEASE CLEAN
Sandra Martin, executive editor of Today’s Parent magazine and website (todaysparent.com), deals with parenting topics all day long at work, only to go home and face parenting dilemmas at home.
Sandra’s QuirkOut advice, “Shower and put on your underwear and pantyhose — and a robe.” Half-naked, she feeds the baby, packs lunches, cleans up the kitchen and prays today is the day she avoids the shrapnel exploding from the applesauce cup lids.
At the last minute, she strips off the robe, changes into work clothes and hustles the kids out the door. Instant Superwoman — no phone booth required.
GOING TO GREAT LENGTHS
We love talk show host Wendy Williams. She’s big and bold and beautiful. But being the tall girl requires QuirkOut adjustments. At a height of 5-foot-11, she’s challenged to find jeans that are long enough.
So she buys two pair of the same jeans, and then heads to the tailor. Using the bottoms of the first pair, he sews them to the bottom of the second pair to add length. Voila! The pants don’t look like she waded through water following Anderson Cooper into a natural disaster.
Wendy, we can’t stop wondering what happens to the pair that got cut off. You probably turn them into shorts. But in case there’s a lonely, shorter pair in your closet, we suggest a denim Ponzi scheme. Team up with fellow talk show host Katie Couric. She’s only 5-foot-1, and you can literally give her a hand-me-down.
When she was growing up, Luella watched her mother iron her dad’s dress shirts every Sunday night. She was amazed how each one came out looking crisp and beautiful. With a role model like this, you’d think Luella would have learned how to master the steaming beast.
She came up with a QuirkOut system to help de-wrinkle her life. At the end of the day, Luella hangs up her clothes on the shower rod and lets her teenage daughter’s insanely long showers do their magic.
Of course, it may take a week to get the job done, so the clothes begin to stack up. She hangs up blouses, skirts, scarves and even belts.
Suddenly it looks like a rack in a second-hand store.
The system isn’t perfect, and the long showers aren’t exactly environmentally friendly. But Luella figures she spends less on the water bill than on the dry cleaning bill. You know — it all comes out in the wash.