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This may sound a little weird, but certain clothes that my kids wear hold special memories for me. Like, when I see them, I am brought back to a special thing that happened or something that I remember and it can sometimes even make me tear up. Like the onesie Judah came home from the hospital in. Or Kaia’s sparkly blue Cinderella dress she insisted on wearing for 5 days straight, or even the swimsuit she was wearing the first time she learned how to hula-hoop. The sparkle in her eye was incredible, and the look of accomplishment she had was one I don’t want to forget.
These clothes hold special places in my memory, and I want to take care of them. I have already racked up a collection of keepsake items that I am storing away until the day when I can take them out and remember these times, and by then it will be so long ago. My mom did the same for me, and she recently dragged it out of her storage building so I could check it out. Inside were odds and ends from when I was new to the world – a dress I wore for my 2 year old portraits, my first blanket, my first Cabbage Patch doll, and other things. I had no idea she kept them, but seeing everything filled me with a sense of need to preserve these things for my own kids, because childhood is fleeting. It goes by way to quickly, and without physical memories the ones in my mind can fade quickly as well. So, I have this collection of memories that I build on little by little inside a big storage tub, and I know one day I will look through them and be exceptionally glad that I did.
But what does this have to do with anything? Well, we all know childhood is messy, and with it comes a heck of a lot of laundry washing. Since this can degrade the quality of fabric over time, I need something that will help battle that. Something that will ensure the t-shirt Judah wore on our first magical Disney trip will be the same vibrant orange a year from now as it was on the day I snapped this photo.
That something is Downy Fabric Conditioner. With the simple filling of a cap, you can say goodbye to stretching, fading, and pilling, giving your clothes a longer, happier life. In addition to softening fabrics, colors stay true and resist fading, towels are protected from pilling and fading, and clothes bounce back instead of losing their shape. Downy extends the life of my fabrics, so memories and hand-me-downs still retain their original “just bought” feeling.
That means Kaia’s Cinderella dress might one day be passed down to her own kids for dress-up if she has them. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to pass down things like this, or even just keep them around to one day look back on when she is grown? I love preserving memories, so keeping them in good shape is important to me.
Of course, there are other ways to keep clothes than letting them sit in storage. Here are a few that give a really creative spin on old clothes that give use beyond just wearing them.
- Make a blanket: I first got this idea from my Stepmom, who asked me to start saving the kids old t-shirts for a quilt. I had no idea how it would work at first, but after seeing pictures I am not absolutely in love! Basically you save old clothes, cut them up into squares, and sew them up like a traditional patchwork quilt. These can be gifted on special days like weddings, the birth of children, or really anything you can think of.
- Frame it: Have that one special dress or shirt that you just have to keep around? Why not frame it?
- Make it art: This is along the same lines as framing, but especially for t-shirts. You cut out the main area into a square, stretch it over a canvas, staple, and then display on the wall. I love this idea!
There are many, many other cute ways to display clothing items for the future, but these three are my favorite. Downy Fabric Conditioner is available at Walmart and Walmart.com for everyday low prices. Learn more and shop for it here.