Fall is here and it's time to think about taking care of your this seasons' most talked about fashion piece. As far as we're concerned, there are three simple words for storing and organizing sweaters and knits. Fold, color code and stack. And, the "golden rule" of sweater organizing? Never hang. Period. If you absolutely need to hang a sweater, use a slack hanger to fold and hang it over the hangar bar. Use shelf dividers, cubbies, hanging organizers or stackable drop-front sweater boxes to store sweaters and color code by weight, from light to the heaviest weight. Live by these sweater rules and your favorite knits will be around forever.

Acrylic Shelf Dividers; The Organizing Store | Stacked Sweater Photo c/o Martha Stewart

The best way to organize your sweaters is to use sweater storage boxes, cedar shirt and sweater boxes, hanging sweater storage or to stack + fold them on the top of your closet using shelf dividers to keep them neatly stacked. Using cedar really does protect clothing and prevent moths from getting into your favorite wool and cashmere sweaters. During sweater season, sweater stones and sweater combs are basically our favorite go-to fashion care tools. Both keep sweaters free of pills and looking fresh and clean.

Don’t be afraid to wash your cashmere. With the proper detergent and care instructions you are perfectly capable of caring for your cashmere right at home.

To wash cashmere at home, you’ll want to use a wash basin or a very clean sink. Fill the basin with lukewarm water and a gentle detergent, we use the Wool & Cashmere Shampoo by The Laundress, listed below. About a quarter size will do, less is more when you’re working with cashmere.  Wash one garment at a time in soapy water for 5, no more than 10 minutes – stirring gently so the soap can work into the fabric and clear out any odors. Don’t pull or rub the knit against itself, this can cause stretching and pilling.

Once your garment is soaked, empty the basin and refill with lukewarm water to rinse the remaining suds. Loosely ball up the garment and press against the side of your sink or basin, and for the love of cashmere DO NOT ring out your garment. Place the garment flat on a towel and roll it up like a burrito. Press down lightly to remove as much water as possible before laying flat to dry.

 Stackable  sweater drying rack ; The Organizing Store

Stackable sweater drying rack; The Organizing Store

Place the garment on a mesh sweater drying rack and let sit overnight. Cashmere can take up to 2-3 days to dry, so be patient. You just saved yourself a hefty dry cleaning bill.

xx / allie + deb