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12 Essential Tips On How To Keep Your Denim Jeans Like A Pro

12 Essential Tips On How To Keep Your Denim Jeans Like A Pro

As you walk from store to store, you’re thinking … I’ll never find a pair of jeans that look fabulous on me. And then … there they are. You’re captivated. The display of beautifully styled jeans are inviting you to come and have a look, flirting with you, daring you.

Each style promises you something different. You’ll look photoshopped. You’ll look great from behind. You’ll achieve instant lift. You’ll have a healthier looking silhouette. You’ll appear to have legs for days. You’ll achieve supermodel status.

Excitedly, you reach for the jeans that hold the key to your happiness and quietly walk into the feared dressing room. After trying on a few pairs that don’t quite live up to your expectations, you begin to feel let down. But wait … can this be? You try on a pair of jeans that instantly transforms your body and life! You’re elated and want to celebrate, but you remember where you are, compose yourself and victoriously walk to the register. The price tag is hefty, but you’re excited to bring these beauties home and experience their joy.

You return home with your lovely purchase and realize that it’s important for you to treat these jeans with tender loving care. They were a serious investment and they must stay in your life forever. The information is conflicting as to how to care for your jeans. Machine wash, don’t machine wash, hand wash, never wash. It’s so confusing.

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To help you prolong the life of your jeans and at the same time, achieve that desired lived in look, I’ve come up with 12 essential tips for you.

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    1. Treated Jeans Don’t Need To Be Broken In

    You can wash these more often. But only wash when they have a stain or begin to appear saggy.

    2. Raw Denim Shouldn’t Be Washed For 6 Months

    They take this long to break in. Jeans conform to your body and after being washed, most of their shape is lost.

    3. Maintain The Wash Of Dark Jeans

    Add half a cup of distilled white vinegar to your final rinse cycle, while doing your laundry.
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      4. Prevent Fading

      Wash your jeans inside out, in cold water, on the delicate cycle. Or wash your jeans by hand with a delicate clothes soap made for hand washing.

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      5. Do You Want To Fade Your Denim?

      Wash your jeans once in hot water.

      6. Freshen Up Your Jeans Between Washes

      With normal wear, your jeans may take on undesirable odors. Hang them in the bathroom before taking a shower (the steam will freshen them up) or place them in a plastic bag and put in your freezer for 2 days … it sounds silly, but works like a charm since it kills bacteria.

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        7. Air Dry Denim

        But if you feel you absolutely have to use the dryer, turn the heat setting to low. Take your jeans out before they are completely dry. Lay flat or hang upside down until they’re dry.

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        8. Allow Denim To Breathe

        Never pile your denim one on top of the other in a drawer or on a shelf. This also means don’t hang denim jackets or vests tightly together.

        9. Fold Your Jeans Like A Professional

        Lay your jeans on a flat surface, fold in half, from left to right. Fold the stacked jean legs in half, so the hems of the legs line up with the waistband. Fold the legs in half once more.

        10. Taking Your Jeans To The Tailor?

        Wash New Jeans Twice. Jeans will always shrink in length after being washed.

        11. Are Your Jeans A Little Too Tight?

        Lay flat after washing and tug on the damp waistband by hand. Allow them to air dry. To stretch a little extra, tug on the damp waistband while blasting it with a hairdryer, or go over it with a very hot, steamy iron.

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        12. If You Don’t Have The Time Or Patience To Try Jeans On In The Store

        The Neck Method is recommended. To Determine your jean size, place the waistline around the diameter of your neck. If the waistline of the pant comfortably meets at the back of your neck, the jeans will fit. (This works for most women.)

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        Last Updated on December 2, 2018

        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

        Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

        The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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        The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

        Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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        Review Your Past Flow

        Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

        Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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        Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

        Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

        Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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        Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

        Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

        We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

        Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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