is the sort of thing every man wants to put off, but can't. I'm referring
to cleaning out your closet, judging what to keep and what to get rid
of and putting your heavy winter gear in storage until next year.
Here are some tips on how to clean out your wardrobe for the summer.
to throw away
In the hunt for closet space, an "in with the new, out with the
old" mentality is the key. Anything faded, shrunken or lined with
holes should be the first casualties, no matter how hard it might be
to part with the stuff you've not only grown used to, but feel comfortable
Follow the one-year rule
If you haven't worn it in a year and you can't really picture yourself
wearing it in the future (fashion is cyclical, after all), you should
get rid of it.
your old clothes to charity
Instead of throwing away clothes that still have life in them (especially
if it's just a matter of change in taste or size), you should give them
away. Put them all in a bag and give them away to the street urchin
that you see everyday beside your home.
piles and keep garbage bags handy
When sifting through your clothes, you should be splitting them into
groups: winter, spring/summer and charity. Keeping garbage bags close
by will also speed up the process, as the items you want to give away
can be prepared quickly.
When deciding what clothes to store, you should instantly think of the
most essential items for winter survival. Therefore you can do away
with the turtleneck sweaters and expensive leather jackets. A woollen
scarf is good enough. Also you can do well to have a beanie or a 'monkey
cap' cause lets face it- if there is one aspect of winter that is scary
it's the chilly wind. Caps and scarves, can still be useful in warm
weather (depending on your style, of course), but odds are you won't
use them very frequently, which makes them prime for storage.
When it comes to
sweaters, it's a much trickier decision. A good idea is to pack away
your warmest, thickest sweaters, while keeping thinner ones handy, just
in case you need one in a windy, rainy day.
for storing your clothes
Wash your clothes
Since you don't want stains or smells to set in and linger (tainting
both the garment and the storage space), washing your clothes is an
important first step when storing clothing for a long period of time.
Make sure to also launder all your smaller winter garments like gloves,
hats and scarves, as those can also harbour some nasty aromas.
clean your winter jacket
Give your coat a proper cleaning before you hang it up for the summer,
and find a nice moth-free storage space. If your coat is made from leather
consider some extra care, namely specially-made sprays used for its
These are essential if your jackets are heavy, and if you hope to keep
their natural form intact.
your clothes have a good smell
If you've washed and laundered your winter wear, you shouldn't be too
concerned about this. But if the thought of lingering nasty scents still
bothers you, you can simply hang or place a lightly-scented air freshener
in your closet. Another excellent remedy is to leave a near empty bottle
of cologne within the clothes.
everything in one place
You want your clothes to be easy to find and access when you need them
in a few months. For this reason, try designating one particular space
for these soon-to-be stored items of clothing. This can be the back
of a closet, a box that you'll keep in the corner of a room, or a drawer
left empty for this exact purpose.
Cleaning out your closet might not be the most entertaining task, but
it's a necessary evil that lets you know what you have, what you've
forgotten about, and what you can still buy. Following these tips and
ideas will help make the process less annoying. You will reap the benefits
when come winter you have all your gear handy.
Quazi Zulquarnain Islam
Are you a young man who has just graduated from university and now applying
for a job? Well, soon enough you're going to be called up for a few
job interviews, and you've got to create a good first impression on
your prospective employers. One of the best ways to do so is by dressing
up in a very professional manner, and it is for this reason that a suit
comes into the equation. So, invest in a suit without further delay
and cross the first hurdle to getting a job! At the outlets of The Raymond
Shop you'll find that some excellent readymade suits are being sold
for Tk 6,500.
No matter how much we pray to God, there just seems to be no respite
from the heat. In this hot and humid weather, it is extremely difficult
to go to sleep at night, and this is even more so if you're a woman
who goes to bed wearing a saree or salwar kameez. By wearing a night
dress to bed you'll at least be able to sleep a little better, as it
is a lot more comfortable to wear in bed. At the outlets of Aarong,
some well-designed nighties are being sold. For those who prefer sleeveless
night dresses, Aarong will be able to cater to your needs as they have
a vast collection of sleeveless night dresses too. Prices at Aarong
start from Tk 285 onwards.
Are you fed up of always wearing a shirt or T-shirt? Well, if you're
looking to wear something different, we suggest that you try out wearing
a fatua. Fatuas are currently 'in' and nobody will take the mickey out
of you if you wear one. Besides being reasonably fashionable, fatuas
are quite comfortable to wear and so that's definitely an added advantage,
especially considering the current heat spell that we are experiencing
in Bangladesh. If you go to the outlets of Aarong, you'll find that
some splendid fatuas are being sold. Prices of Aarong's fatuas usually
start from Tk 385 onwards.
No matter what you say, there is nothing more unsightly than a person
with hair protruding from their ears or nose. Besides being unsightly,
growing ear/nose hair can be unhygienic too. If you don't want to commit
a social faux pas, we suggest that you immediately invest in an ear/nose
hair trimmer. By going to the outlets of Almas you'll be able to find
an ear/nose hair trimmer and its price will be about Tk 1,050.
If you wear the same socks every day then you'll end up getting foot
odour. Trust us, foot odour is a terrible thing and you don't want to
get embarrassed when somebody tells you that you've got smelly feet.
What can you do then? Well, the answer is somewhat apparent, as you've
got to buy quite a few pairs of socks so that you don't have to wear
the same socks every day. At the outlets of Apex you'll be able to buy
socks for about Tk 90. If you think that's too expensive a price to
pay for socks, then you can buy less known brands for about Tk 40 from
the shops at New Market, Elephant Road etc.
Children love to run around barefoot, and in doing so they end up getting
their feet dirty. Besides getting their feet dirty, some of them also
get infected with worms. Surely you wouldn't like the latter to happen
to your child, right? You can solve this problem by buying your child
shoes that are both comfortable and pleasant to look at. If you go to
the outlets of Apex you'll find that they've got a vast collection of
children's shoes, and their prices start from Tk 200 onwards.
Sayeed Mahmud Nizam
children are pretty unpredictable when it comes to school. Some take
to it like a duck to water; others share the same kind of chemistry
with their school as found between chalk and cheese. It's normal for
toddlers to take some time to adjust to the whole practice of regularly
going to school. It's also normal for older children to find it a
drag to get out of bed early in the morning for the seemingly torturous
purpose of studying. But when your child consistently refuses to go
to school, it's time for you to sit up and take notice.
There could be many reasons for being school-shy. Here are a few:
This is more common amongst young children, who are still attached
to mommy's apron strings. However, children also display separation
anxiety in times of family stress. In such cases, the child feels
insecure, and wants to cling to his/her parents, fearing that s/he
will lose one or both of them if s/he loses sight of them for even
a moment. Children suffering from separation anxiety need reassurance.
Just as the teachers play an important role by creating a welcoming
and protective atmosphere for the students, the parents can settle
their child's fears by keeping a positive outlook. Statements like,
"I'll be here to pick you up at 2" or "Have fun at
school. I'll want to hear about your day after you come back"
assure your child that it's okay to leave you for a few hours, and
that you'll still be there afterwards.
School is one place where a person first learns about social structure
and the importance of interaction. Unfortunately, not all children
can easily fit into the social sphere at school. Sometimes a child
has difficulties in making friends easily If your child is unusually
withdrawn or shows a reluctance in participating in class activities,
chances are that s/he is lonely at school. For your part, you can
encourage your child to be a bit more outgoing and friendly. The greater
role, however is played by the teacher, who can encourage her students
to participate more actively in class discussions, and assign them
to work in groups or pairs, thus effectively involving the lonely
Definitely a serious cause for concern, bullying has a serious effect
on a person's sense of self-esteem. If you sense fear as the ruling
cause of your child's reluctance to go to school, s/he could be a
victim of bullying. The common advice of 'standing up to the bullies'
doesn't always work, and might even end up in the victim getting hurt.
If you suspect that your child is a victim, contact the school authorities
immediately. Encourage your child to stick to groups for protection.
Sometimes a child is put off from school simply because he can't cope
up with the pressure of studies. It could be that the lessons are
genuinely difficult, or that the child has problems learning. In either
case, it's prudent to sit down with the teachers and discuss the issue
without getting defensive. Remember, your goal is to try and make
learning a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for your child.
the reason behind the daily battle of wills to get your child to school,
always remember that learning is a partnership between you, your child
and the school. It is only when you work together and cooperate fully
with each other that you can get the best results.
Sabrina F Ahmad