FIRST & FOREMOST: VELVET HANGERS
A lot of people tell me "I don't even know where to begin with my closet". Purging and editing your wardrobe is great (and is the very minimum you should do) but sometimes it feels like there are still too many amazing clothes to fit in the space. One of the easiest updates to your closet, that will make a HUGE difference right off the bat, is switching out all of your plastic, wire and wood hangers, to velvet, space-saving ones. The wire hangers can/should be pitched, whereas the plastic ones can be donated. Wood hangers look quite lovely, however they just aren't practical! They take up a TON of space, and many items will slip right off. I suggest saving them to use in guest rooms or hall closets.
Just look at the difference! These pictures were taken after the editing part of the client's session, so these were the clothes that she wanted to keep. Thus, there is no difference in the amount of clothes hanging; they just have more room and are now more uniform.
Aside from being pretty, and adding a bit of elegance to the closet, the velvet material also prevent items from slipping off. This, in and of itself should be enough to convince you to make the switch!
Here are some pics of a closet edit session, where velvet hangers weren't used. The closet is more clean and organized, but it is lacking the same feel and appearance.
BONUS: they aren't that expensive! Costco has black velvet hangers (my color go-to for clients) at $9.99 for 35 hangers! Not bad, and much less expensive than Target ($29.99 for 40)...although Target does have different color options. Amazon is around $22 for 50. Bed Bath & Beyond even carries velvet baby/child hangers!
Other places may sell them, but be careful; not all velvet hangers are created equal! You may find these hangers at places like Marshalls and Home Goods, but they often aren't of the same quality and may break easily.
Well, there you have it. A quick and easy way to update your closet's appearance, while creating more space in the process.
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