Tricks of the Trade: Hang v. Fold

To hang or not to hang—that is the question. If you’ve ever found yourself staring at a pile of clothes uncertain about which items should be hung or folded, then this post is for you.

Unless you have unlimited space in your closet, you’re likely going to need to make choices about which items can hang up on the rods v. which ones should be stowed away in dresser drawers. Here are the rules that I abide by when determining what should be hung v. what should be folded:

Hang anything that will wrinkle if folded. In my closet, and for my clients, this typically looks like:

  • Silks, linens, and satins
  • Nice blouses, such as button-downs
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Jackets

On the other hand, you should fold heavier items that a hanger would stretch and morph. The items that typically fall within this category are:

  • Clothes made of cotton, as they are not delicate enough to warrant being hung. This can include pajamas, athletic clothes, and t-shirts.
  • Sweaters

So now you might be wondering, what about jeans? They can really go either way depending on how much closet space you have in any one area. For more on denim organization, check out this post.

Tricks of the Trade: Keeping Clothes Fresh

There’s nothing worse than having to part with your favorite blouse because it simply looks like it’s seen better days. But by the same token, it’s also not a good look to be wearing clothes that clearly look like they’ve seen better days.

In an effort to keep clothes looking fresh and new as long as possible, here are a few quick tips that I’ve found helpful over the years:

  • Dry clean delicates: While it can at times be tempting to try to wash a delicate item yourself, it really never ends well that way. I’d highly recommend letting the experts do what they do best and taking your nice pieces to the dry cleaners.
  • Wash denim sparingly: This might sound gross to some, but I try to only wash my jeans when they need to be shrunken and/or have gotten visibly dirty. They maintain their wash far longer if you try to wash them as sparingly as possible.
  • Spot treat instead of doing a full wash: If and when I spill something small on denim, for instance, I’ll always attempt a spot treatment before throwing them in the hamper. With a little elbow grease, the spot usually comes right out.
  • Choose your laundry products wisely: I learned the hard way that fabric softener is noooo good for your clothes—well, if you want to keep them feeling crisp, that is. Some detergents have fabric softener included in the formula, so be sure you read the label carefully before picking up your next bottle.

Tricks of the Trade: My Closet Secrets

first-image I feel like I haven’t talked about my closet in a minute, and that needs to change. After all, my favorite room to organize is the closet.

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I’ve talked about how I like to divide by type and then sub-divide type by color before, but I thought I’d go into even more detail this time. Let’s use my long-sleeved blouses as an example.

Here you can see that my long-sleeved blouses are all hung together. That is step one and is fundamental to an organized closet. All like items should be grouped together in your closet–long-sleeved blouses with other long-sleeved blouses, short-sleeved blouses with other short-sleeved blouses, and so on and so forth. With this method in place, you’ll never again have to search for that one blouse you got a couple years ago on sale at Barney’s but haven’t worn since because you can’t remember where you put it…

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Once everything is divided by type, you’ll then want to move on to color. Starting from pinks and reds, make your way to black. Not only will this help with finding a particular item, but it will also make your closet look like a work of art.

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An Organized Rush

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Whenever I tell someone that I blog about organizing tips and tricks, the first comment they make is something along the lines of: I wish I were organized but I always run out of time when getting ready so my clothes end up all over the floor.

Seriously, I’ve probably heard said comment fifty times at this point. So what better way to address it than to blog about it? I thought so too!

 

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Trust me, there have been plenty of times when I’m in a rush and I don’t feel great about the state in which I’m leaving my apartment. We can’t always be perfect all the time—especially when we’re going somewhere and seemingly have nothing to wear despite a closet full of perfectly good pieces.

This blouse is too big so it winds up on the bedroom floor. This one is too small and there is goes onto the bed. This one is just right but now I have to change my pants. There they go on the bathroom floor.  

We’ve all been there.

Because you can’t really avoid the panic of getting ready some days, it’s important to know how to handle it either before or after. One of the best things I ever started doing was setting out my outfit the night before. Since I tend to have more time in the evenings, I’ll turn on my favorite show, stare at my weather app and work on picking out an outfit for the next day. I’ll then lay it out nicely in my closet so that I’m all set for the next morning. No fuss, no clothes on the floor.

But, maybe you don’t have time to set aside your outfit the night before. Or, maybe you didn’t even know you’d be going to this party so couldn’t have planned for it even if you wanted to. Not to worry. What I’d recommend in this case is setting aside time the next day to deal with your mess. To prevent it from building up further, I’d recommend tackling it first thing the following morning. Just put on your favorite tunes and get to hanging.

By setting aside time after the event, you’re essentially telling yourself to not worry, as everything will be taken care of. Hopefully, this will also help subside the panic that arises when you can’t find anything to wear.

Give it a try and let me know how it works out!

Travel Tips

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Booking a vacation is nothing short of exhilarating, but sometimes the steps leading up to it can be a bit stressful. There’s so much to consider when booking a trip, especially a big one, that it can be hard to not get overwhelmed. Luckily, these things only get easier with time and experience – and, of course, with some tips and tricks employed. Here are some of my go-to steps when planning a vacation.

Do Research. When planning a vacay, it goes without saying that research is key. Researching anything and everything you can think of – from the best time of year to travel to affordable hotel options. Also, be sure to check multiple sites. While sites like Trip Advisor are always a good call, I also like to search the vacation destination in Google and see the blog posts that come up. Often times, these authentic personal posts have some great tips.

Go Incognito. Once you’re ready to actually book, it’s always a best practice to check multiple airlines and flight options before making a final decision. Since travel sites have ways to see whether you’ve visited that page/searched that destination before, they often jack up the prices on you without you even knowing! To avoid this, be sure you’re searching in an incognito window throughout the whole process.

Plan Ahead. Vacations, particularly international ones, require a lot of prep so start early! My go-to is a dose of emergen-c each day for a week leading up to the trip. I also like to be sure that my prescriptions are filled, toiletries are stocked, and clothes are cleaned. Do yourself a favor and make a thorough to-do list so you know what needs to be done before the trip.

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Favorite Photography Apps

First ImageIn my last post, I wrote about some photography tenants that dictate almost every snap I take and help me achieve the well-lit and balanced aesthetic that I love. But, sometimes you just can’t get the light the way you want it, or your lines aren’t perfectly straight and you need a little bit of help. Enter: my favorite photo editing apps to save the day!

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Adobe Photoshop (PS) Express. Heard of it? I kid, I kid. But did you know they have a mobile app? I always start with this app to adjust the levels of my photo – everything from clarity to exposure to vibrancy. 

Snapseed. After finishing up in Photoshop Express, I then head over to Snapseed. I love this app because it allows you to selectively edit and adjust small areas of a photo.

VSCO Cam. Finally, I’ll come over to VSCO Cam to add some finishing effects and filters to my photo. I’ll also save it to my profile so that others in my VSCO Cam community can see my post!Before and After1 3 4 6

And there you have it! From dark to bright and Instagram-able in no time.

Photograph Like a Pro

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A huge goal of mine is to start taking photography courses, not only so I can enrich the blog, but also so that I can continue learning and improving upon something that I am passionate about. Luckily, there is a ton of information online that I can reference and there is also a great benefit from getting out into the field and practicing.

While I am no expert, here are a couple photography practices that dictate the photos I take.

Lighting. When shooting a photo, I try to play around with the exposure as much as possible as to let in a lot of light. My eye gravitates toward bright, well-lit photographs that showcase the beautiful details.

The Rule of 3. Right on par with lighting, the composition of a photo is really what makes it stand out as a stunning image. Even if you’re just aiming to shoot a rose right in front of your face, go ahead and take a look at what is surrounding it. Is there a bright red front door in the distance? Or maybe some clear blue skies above? When shooting landscapes, I try to follow the rule of three in order to balance the composition and provide a greater sense of visual interest.