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Beehive Life Hacks

In the season of avid consumption, driven by Black Friday sales and “special offer” price cuts luring us into a purchase, there’s never a better time to remember the special make-and-mend tricks that can revitalise the pieces we already love. In the face of inevitable wear’n’tear, here’s 10 ways to ensure we get the best out of our buys.  Read more ..

Choose well
It goes without saying that cheap fabric wears badly. Frayed seams, easy tears, weak dye and shrunken fabric are some of the many ramifications of an impulse purchase. The cheaper buys that we tend to make frequently are the ones we end up replacing the fastest. With a wise buy comes longevity. Shop savvy and save for the more expensive pieces that you won’t have to replace.

Storage is important
Hanging heavy knitwear on a hanger can cause the fabric to stretch over time so always opt to store as folded. If hanging is more space convenient, try folding your jumper over a hanger, to avoid losing its shape.

Dry with care
For the likes of knitwear and denim, air-drying the garment while it’s flat is the best way to retain its fit. Drain the fabric of water by scrunching it between your hands – never twist! – then lay it smoothly on a level surface.

Do what you can
Shop vintage or second hand and be a part of the cradle-to-cradle movement that extends a garment’s lifecycle. Create your own purchase-and-give rotation whereby you sell or donate clothing you no longer wear because you’ve bought new, instead of sending it to the landfill.

Shaving isn’t just for skin
Shaving clothing can bring it back to that freshly purchased smoothness by running a dry razor over fabric where friction has gathered in bobbles.

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Use what you have
A hole, an unravelled seam or a fit that’s too big are no mean feats for a properly prepared kit. Get into the habit of mending or using a seamstress, instead of calling it quits. Hoard buttons and iron on denim patches, gather thread and safety pins and build a mending kit that will become indispensible, making fixes quicker.

Make it stay
A nifty way of prolonging repair is to apply clear nail polish to the thread of a button so it won’t fall off or to apply it to a tear in a pair of tights to stop it from ripping further.

Start where you are
Get creative with upcycling old furniture or kitchen appliances. Think old ceramics that could be used as plant pots for mini cacti or a stool that could be repainted to become a mini table stand.

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Fast freeze fix
Denim is better left unwashed as often as possible, so to freshen up in between washes, stick it in the freezer. With sweaters, particularly wool and cashmere, the freezer works a charm in stopping any residual shedding. Another fashion-freezer trick is to stretch out new shoes by filling sandwich bags with water, placing them inside the soles then putting them in the freezer so the ice bulks them out.

Free the zip
A locked and stubborn zip can be easily remedied by using a crayon, candle wax or Vaseline to lubricate a sticky jam.

As we creep closer to Christmas, it’s a time to remember to value what we already have and to make conscious choices that will benefit us – and the environment – for longer, long after the sales banners are gone and the shelves have been filled with fresh bargains to tantalise our purses.

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