Pinspiration Monday: Wooden hangers

I have really been into fashion lately…Not sure when my focus shifted from home style to clothing and accessories, but I can’t deny my love of a great outfit any longer. Now, I wake up every morning motivated to craft a colorful, cohesive ensemble down to the bracelet. It’s fun to mix and match patterns, colors and metals to make a balanced and sophisticated look – In fact, it’s really not much different than styling a shelf or arranging fabrics in a living space. The same principles still count here, just in clothes.

Obviously, a new love and longing for style means a little shopping was in order. I’ve bought a good amount of new clothes in the last month, but to keep myself on track I kept a list of must-have essentials with me and have kept to it like it was the law. So now I am rewarded with a closet of thought out pieces – Here’s my latest (and, as promised to my bank account, my LAST) big haul, this time from Target and T.J. Maxx.

One of the most affordable ways I’ve been able to feed my new need for fashion and style in my closet (beyond sticking to a list when shopping) is to work on making the most of what I already have. In the past month I have spent long periods of time in my closet getting rid of things I no longer fit into or that no longer fit into my style. Shout out to our local consignment shop though (Salvaged), I don’t donate clothes anymore – I bag them up and take them straight to consignment. So far, I’ve made over $100 – Pretty fabulous when I think about how I was just going to take everything to Goodwill for zero profit…

Another thing I decided to do was find ways to amp up the display in my closet, right on down to the hangers…After seeing these two Pinterest images of clothing hung on natural wood hangers and how it gave it a high-end boutique look, I knew I had to upgrade.

Source: The Everygirl


Source: barefoot contessa

My closet as it was, came dominated by plastic hangers. Now, I do think that plastic is a big upgrade from plain wire hangers, which tend to bend…But I could envision just how much better and more cohesive the space would look with matching wooden hangers.

Have you guys seen on Pinterest or heard this tip from a friend? Essentially, to make the most of your clothing, you turn all of the hangers backwards and then, as you wear something, you turn the hanger right-ways. That way at the end of the season, you’ll know what clothes you didn’t utilize by seeing their hangers still turned backwards – Time to get rid of them. I attempted this at one point (as you can see in the photo above and below), but eventually gave up. I have a pretty good handle on what piece make me feel good and what don’t. It was just about finding the motivation to actually get rid of things that I’d been holding onto for years.

My motivation? Upgrading the hangers. I eventually found my collection on Ebay for about $50 shipped for 80 wooden hangers (with pant bar in the middle). I knew that 80 wouldn’t be enough for the amount of clothes I had, but figured it would be that motivator for purging that I was looking for – Only the best and most important pieces would get hung back up in the closet, while the rest would get consigned.

First things to get lovingly hung on their new boutique hangers? The three pieces I bought for myself at T.J. Maxx. I could already get the sense that the new wooden hangers made them feel straight out of a fancy designer clothing store – In my own home, no less! Exciting news for a girl like me…

I spent about two hours in my closet that afternoon, making sure to choose wisely as to what stayed and what would be bagged up for consignment. With each new hanger put into place on the bar, the whole feel of the wardrobe started to shift from cheap to luxurious. It really is amazing how wooden hangers can do that to your clothes. As I purged and rehung, I started a new pile of plastic hangers – They eventually made their way into the box that the wooden hangers came in. SO MANY HANGERS!! I plan on donating them to a thrift store soon.

And now to show off the new look – Again, I just love how things look more high-end after the hanger upgrade. No more light “click click” of plastic hangers when I go to pick out an outfit. I’m loving the more substantial wooden ones.

Unfortunately, despite letting go of what felt like a TON of clothes and half of my wardrobe, I still ran out of wooden hangers. I just couldn’t muster the will to get rid of the last bit of dresses to make it even. I resolved to get some more hangers later on to remedy the mismatched situation.

UPDATE:  I went out to Target over the weekend for wooden hanger supplements hoping to buy no more than 10, but left with a value pack of 24 hangers for only $14. They don’t match the Ebay hangers perfectly, but they certainly do the trick, and I doubt anyone would notice the inconsistency other than me.

So what tricks do you all have up your sleeves (pun intended) for making the most of your closet space and wardrobe? How do you “dress things up”?


16 thoughts on “Pinspiration Monday: Wooden hangers

  1. Ainhoa

    When we did our closets a couple of years ago (and since this is my first place besides my parents’ and I had to buy hangers anyway) I knew I had to buy matching wooden hangers! I bought them at Ikea, I think, and the closet looks soooo much better with them (even in its disorganized state).
    Also, I really need to purge my closet, but I’m terrible at it. I think I need someone to hold me accountable!

    1. Carrie Post author

      Oh, good tip to check out Ikea!! I wish I had thought of that…We are heading there this weekend. Oh well! And I definitely think a buddy system for purging is helpful to keep you on track.

  2. Alex Landar

    Bascially my room is puny, my wardrobe is puny, every space I have is not even enough. So I have been working hard on utilising space for the past months. I mentioned I took out all the belts. Taking out the belts and hanging them on those long hangers with 8 or 10 hooks helps to organise the belts and make everything look neat and tidy. It also removes the space from my closet and now I realised not only that I would not forget which belts I have (and use them!!!), I also could squeeze in more socks and etc. Also, the tiny area that was previous boring looks better now with belts danging… like a pattern or sth.

    1. Carrie Post author

      Saw your image and think it’s awesome!!! You’ve definitely inspired me to take things a little bit further with the way I utilize space to store things. Belts can be tricky…Love your solution!!

  3. Staci

    Getting those hangers off of eBay is pure genius! You’ve inspired me… but maybe I’ll hold off to make the switch until I have a closet bigger than 3’x2′ …for now, my wire hangers allow me to cram as many clothes in as possible! 🙂

    1. Carrie Post author

      Haha…I hear ya on the cramming!!! I’m super lucky to have what could be a third bedroom for a closet! And good luck with your future eBaying!!

  4. cravesadventure

    I have been trying to put outfits for tops together in my 2nd closet – shirt and cardigan or shirt and jacket – makes it easier to get ready in the morning, especially Monday mornings. I recently placed all my shoes in plastic see through containers – what a blessing! It is amazing that being more organized helps me get out the door faster now:) Happy Monday – thanks for sharing!

  5. Jessalyn

    i agree – the wood hangers look so boutiquey! we recently did a closet purge too. feels so good. i have to say, though, i’m super impressed with your stacks of clear storage containers that we got a peek of in one of the photos on the shelf above where the hangers are now hanging? this looks so organized too – what goes there?

    1. Carrie Post author

      Purging DOES feel so good! Nothing like it…And glad you noticed the storage containers! Those are my reusable shoe boxes for all of my heels and seasonal shoes. Sooooo nice to have them neatly put away since they aren’t used everyday. I keep my “everyday” shoes in an open shoe shelf on the floor of the closet. Makes life simple and clean =)

  6. margaret

    Did you have any issues with the hangers not having the groves to hold up strings? I am thinking of getting the ikea hangers but im afriad to bite the bullet because they dont have them

    1. Carrie Post author

      I don’t actually – The raw wood is a little rougher than the plastic hangers and seems to “grab” thin straps on tops and dresses. But it would be SUPER easy to bore out a little groove if you want to chance it. Offhand, I’m thinking you could take a screw or thick nail, lay it on it’s side around where you want the groove and give it a few taps with a hammer. Should be good to go for $0!


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