How to hang up your clothes.

As promised, here are a few ways to hang your clothes up the right & wrong way….
Because sometimes going the extra mile with taking care of your clothes, will benefit you in the long run….

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RIGHT WAY: you want your pants to lay as flat as possible against the hanger, this simple step causes less wrinkles which causes less ironing. Woohoo!

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WRONG WAY: Hanging up your pants this way, will in fact cause wrinkles. Plus, it will take up much needed closet space…

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RIGHT WAY: Folding your sweaters this way, where you fold your sweater in half lengthwise and then with fold it over the hanger. This will decrease the amount of wrinkles and also it help with the shoulders in the sweater not stretch out.

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WRONG WAY: shoulders have been compromised… They do stretch when you just hang them like you do a shirt. (But the great thing is, they usually bounce back when washed.) So make sure to fold your sweaters instead.

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RIGHT WAY: I usually button the first button to make sure the collar is standing up. Probably should button the whole placket, but I don’t.

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RIGHT WAY: These hangers are perfect for hanging up your skirts and culottes. It decreases wrinkles, just by hanging it up by the waist band. Plus, it’s great on not taking up too much space.

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RIGHT WAY: These velvet hangers are perfect for boatneck, v-neck, u-neck and t-shirts in general. Keeps them nicely in place.

So there you have it, a few tips and how to’s to get you closet in tip top shape!
Thanks for reading! -Ryn
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Organize + Maintain your Closet

January hit and all I wanted to do was go through my closet and organize it. I store a lot in a 19 1/2 square foot walk in closet… Such as hanging clothes, shoes, extra bed sheets, laundry hamper, things to sell on poshmark, my bras and camisoles(for easy access) etc…and occasionally a dog, who loves to sleep in my closet. (I don’t blame her) I’m surprised I have room to actually walk in. But I still had a bit of space to stand. But it was getting out of hand. So, I had to do something about it. I needed to clean. And I needed to purge some things. It just had to be done.

Now, I’m one that when I work on a clients closet. I also like to reorganize it. So, it may not be disorganized in the sense of it being messy, but it’s unorganized to me, and I lose track of garments that I could be pairing in an outfit, if the clothes are in disarray. I then feel the need to reorganize it. 

So here is my formula to making a closet work to you advantage…
• I organize shirts: blouses, button downs, sweaters,  jackets & dresses together (at least I do this in my closet). The ombré effect really. Then tees and sweatshirts together. And lastly workout gear, pants and then skirts. It works. It’s obtainable. Perfect to reach in and grab/pair outfits together.
* You can organize by color. But I don’t tend to as my closet is pretty much filled with black, grey, white and denim. No need for me.

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• Another thing is to allow myself 3 items that may not fit me right now to stay until I can fit into them or until I get tired of seeing them in my closet. 3 and no more. If I keep more than three, then I waste needed space.

• Another thing I do, is to go through my clothes. I have five categories I put my clothes in…
Keep: the items I want to keep. Things that are classic or staples. Or trends that are still “in”.
Sell: items that you haven’t had a chance to really love, items that others would love more. Name brand items really…
Give: The items that aren’t name brand. And could be donated.
Trash: The well loved, falling apart, pilling, cracked, ripped, has holes in it and shouldn’t have holes in them kind of clothes should always be thrown away. Period.
Seasonal: these clothes are mainly winter/summer clothes. You need to store these in an airtight container. And bring them out right before winter/summer begins.

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• Make a buying list of what you would like to buy in the coming months for your wardrobe. It may be a blazer, Nike sneakers, a pencil skirt, more v-neck tees…. Whatever you want. Write it down(you can totally write it on your phone…this is what I do). Then when shopping, you can go over your list and see what you really need vs just what you want that could clutter up your closet.

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• So, I learned this tip from a client actually, and it was to turn all your hangers outward. And then as the days & weeks go by, you hang the clothes that you’ve worn back up, having the hooks facing the regular way. You can then see what you actually wear vs the things that you just need to give away/sell.

• Another thing, if you’re unsure about an item you already bought, come up with 3 outfits to pair that said item with. Then take it a step further, and make it a point to actually wear those outfits. If by the 3rd time wearing it, you don’t like it, sell or give it away.

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• You’ve probably noticed by now that I’ve painted my closet a bright olive oil color… I did this, so that my clothes would pop against it. Helping me see what I have and also making my closet feel more fun + happy.

• Last but certainly not least. Change your lightbulb for an even brighter lightbulb to make your closet brighter. You need to see your clothes, as to not go out of the house with colors that don’t go well together. Of course you can make it look good. Just better lighting helps.

So those are some tips to cleaning and maintaining your closets.
If you have any tips for organizing your closet, please tell me in the comments! Thanks & Happy Monday! -Ryn

My rendition of a wardrobe capsule

I have come to the conclusion that I don’t DO wardrobe capsules. I do however pick certain pieces out that I wear constantly until I get tired of wearing it.

Here’s what my closet looked like before I purged…

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This was the before…

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This is the after.

Just last week I decided to purge some items that have been hanging out in my closet. And some things I gave and others I put on Poshmark to sell. And I switched out hangers. I now have those velvety no-slip hangers. Hallelujah! It looks so nice in there.

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Before…

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After…

Anyway I now have an emptier closet that I really like. I do have to do laundry, but that takes time. And when I go to my closet I still feel as if I don’t have clothes to wear… (That feeling will wear off, I promise!)

However, if you’re into capsules, I applaud you! You’re amazing!
But if you’re like me, let me tell you, it’s okay to have a full closet, one to have fun with, one that you enjoy! But please be aware, if you buy something get rid of an item. You may have 800,000 pairs of jeans, when you wear only 3 pair. Being conscious of what you put in your closet isn’t a bad thing. If you’re struggling with what to wear daily, it may be because you have too many clothes that either don’t fit or are no longer in style. That may be what is fogging up your style brain. So purge, purge, purge what you no longer love anymore.
I do like the rule less is more. But I also, really like shopping! So just be mindful, as you shop.

• But I will say this, if for any reason you’re holding onto some garments in the hopes that you’ll fit into it again. Get rid of it. (unless it’s your wedding dress or something special like that…) It depends on if you still love it when you’re that size again, if you’re ever that size again or if the styles have changed by then. If so, toss it or sell it. No use in storing them, when you probably won’t wear it or need it. And definitely get rid of the poverty mentality of “I may never be able to afford these Gucci pants again!” You will, I just know it. But just know those may be going quickly out of style or have been for the last decade.

Your closet should mean more to you than how you’re probably treating it. So only keep things that spark joy in your life.

This weekend you should go through your closet. Keep what you love and you will wear. Toss what doesn’t fit/things you don’t really like. And if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to email me: Styledbyryn@gmail.com

Trust me you’ll feel lighter. And happier too!

Tell me an organizational tip you do with your wardrobe/closet?

Thanks for reading! -Ryn