Just hangin’ out…

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Let’s talk about hangers, shall we?!
I bet most of you use the wire hangers you get free from the dry cleaners right? I pretty much despise that style of hanger as it misshapens my knits, they get bent out of shape easily, and if you step on the hook, it’s worse than stepping on a lego. Ouch. But there are so many hangers out there to purchase and use, you may be like, “Um, how should I even choose?” “How do I know what’s a good hanger to use?!”, Let tell you I’ve used them all, and I can totally tell you which ones are worth it and those that just need to be thrown out with the garbage…

Let’s go through the plethora of hangers… At least the ones that are pictured. (Left to Right)

Velvet Huggable Hangers: These are actually my favorite. As they are velvety, almost every material stays put when hung, they are thin, so you can pile in a lot of hangers in a tight space. Drawback would be, that they break easily… If stepped on or loaded down with clothing.

Wire Hangers. As I said before, this are crappy hangers. They’re not very reliable in terms of keeping your closet organized and neat. Nor are they great for using for hanging sweaters or even t-shirts. But they are extremely cheap.

Padded Hangers. These are great for display and lingerie. For much else, not really. They’re impractical for my closet as it would take up too much precious space. Plus, clothes just slip off easily. Not cool!

Plastic Hangers With Foam Sleeve. These are OK. They are still pretty thick for your closet, but they’re great for hanging up dresses and strappy items such as; camisoles, tanks, spegetti straps, etc. once you take off the foam sleeve. And they are durable, so that’s fantastic.

Plastic Hangers. These are great for hanging up pants. They’re super great for being neat/organized in your closet, and they bring extra fun color. Plus, these are pretty cheap, so that’s a bonus. And pretty durable.

Metal Utility Hangers. These are great and super duper durable! But again, not very practical, as clothing with slip off easily. But for looks, this get an A+ from me. I love how utilitarian it looks. I will use these for display any day! But, I will say these are a bit pricey…

Rubber Coated Hangers. These are okay. They do hold tops and blouses quite well, they do slip off occasionally. But, for taking up space, these are thin enough. And the durability is pretty great too!

I’m thinking tomorrow I’ll show you how to hang up your clothes. As it will benefit your clothes just as much as it will benefit you!
Hope you enjoyed, thanks for reading!
-Ryn

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

Tippies & trickies: purging out your closet…

It’s currently 9:56pm and I am just now writing my Mondays post! Yeeks!
Last week I made it a priority to clean out my closet. 1.because I bought new fuzzy no slip hangers from Costco.(if you own a membership there, they have a 35pack no slip hangers for under $11! 2. It was disaster zone. 3. I knew I had LOT of things to purge. Thank goodness no clothes were harmed in the closet that full!
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This was the before! And as you can see, a furry lil dog helped me clean ; ) my closet is her favorite spot in the house… And I can’t blame her! I can say now, it’s one of my favorite places too!

If you are in the same boat last week I have a few tips as to declutter your closet:
1. Clean your room before purging your closet. Make your bed too. It’s just helps.
2. Set up 4 piles: trash, give, sell, keep.
I then have sub categories for the keep pile, I have clothes that I still wear, but they’re either for working out or pjs. I have a 3 step program: wearing out in public>workout in them>pjs. The shirts I don’t wear out anymore, By the time they get to pjs they are the softest ever. (Although I buy really soft tees to begin with, so I’m not sure how that factors in!)
3. If you haven’t signed up with the Poshmark app, you should! Hey, use my email as a referral: maudecclothing@gmail.com! It super easy and if your items are in great condition post them, wait, and see them sell!
4. If you haven’t switched out winter clothes with summer clothes yet, here’s your chance! (This year is the first time I’ve done that in my adult life. And it’s freeing I might add!) If you’re stuck as to where you can store the winter duds, never fret there are options: you can buy rubber made containers that roller under your bed, and you can put a shed load of winter clothes in 1-2 of those. If you’re tighter on space, you can purchase the ziplock space bags and store them in there. And then under your bed or wherever. If you have a hall closet, store your winter coats in there. Be sure to add cedar blocks in boxes you store clothes in. Cedar repels moths from eating your natural fiber clothes, such as silks, cottons, cashmere.
5. For the give bin, make sure there are no holes or stains on the clothing. Honestly the people who will get it with not want some stinky old holey dust rag of a shirt. Make sure that you think about it and if you wouldn’t want it, chances are someone else doesn’t either.
6. Leave the holed, stinky & stained clothes to the garbage bin.
7. Give categories to your clothes. Put blouses and collared shirt together, pant and jeans together, dresses, tees, workout wear together etc. And store them that way. It’s easier for you to find an outfit. I’m not one to color coordinate, but if you feel the need to do so, be my guest.
8. When purging, make 3 piles: maybe, purge, keep. If your not sure if you’ll wear the item, put it in the maybe pile. If and item of clothing isn’t fitting properly, purge it. And for the beloved item you wear so much, keep. And for the purge items, you’ll then go through those items and decide whether to keep, sell, trash, give.
9. Don’t forget the shoes, accessories & bags. Make sure you still wear those accessories. If not, sell them.
10. If you’re wondering why I painted my closet, it’s because, if you paint your closet a different color besides whit your clothes will stand out.
11. If you’re waiting to lose weight and are keeping half your closet of clothes you’ve either have bought or kept from a size you once were. You’re only setting your self up to fail. Especially when dressing each day. So what I would say is, if you want to lose weight and you want a motivator to do so, keep 3 items, no less & no more. Just 3. And keep the together, and to where you can view them each time you dress. That way, they’re there without haunting you, but as a reminder not to overdue it with food.
12. Keep your bags flat, if possible. And in dust bags. If you hang up bags, you’re putting unnecessary strain on the handles, which can cause your bags to wear down quicker than usual.
13. Don’t forget to try things on through the process. If your not sure about it, try it on.
14. Don’t have a mentality of “this is expensive, I should keep it because of the name” if you do that you’ll keep things you don’t wear and you’ll run out of room. Sell it, give it. Whatever you have to do to help your own style to improve.
15. Not to say, that you shouldn’t go buy new things, but keep in mind that you’ll need to store those things, and if you’re not wearing half of the clothes your storing, you should probably go and clean that closet of yours. Happy purging…and shopping!

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The after. It looks so good and I’m not getting frustrated when dressing! Added bonus, I found a missing tank shirt I haven’t been able to find in nearly 6 months! Hah!
Super happy with the results!

Hope you get great results when cleaning out your closet!
Thanks for reading! -Ryn
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