All Hung Up Hangers by Design is all about properly caring for your clothes.  Our hanger designs are unique in shape, construction, and materials which will give you alternatives to perfectly suit your primary and secondary closets. We draw on decades of experience in private label hanger construction for some of the largest brands in the world.  Now in our own brand, All Hung Up, we welcome you to explore our collections and learn what will be best for you.   Here are some helpful concepts.

“I like my money where I can see it, hanging in my closet.”

Non-Slip Hangers are really essential for most types of clothing. They work perfectly for hanging silky blouses, dresses and shirts.  All Hung Up uses various non-slip applications including velvet flocking on shoulders, non-slip strips, suede-like allover flocking, and velvet flocking.  Better that clothes stay on the hanger and not on the floor.

Wooden Hangers are the most luxurious choice for your hanger collections.  All Hung Up Luxe Wooden Hangers include designs for coats, women’s suits with padded, non-crease clips for slacks or skirts, and men’s suits with a roll bar for pants.  Our Premier Collection has a 2″ wide shoulder profile with velvet flocking and comes in a variety of finishes and colors.  Our Sueded Luxe Wood Collection feature hangers that are all-over flocked with a rubber coating which has a suede-like feel.  The Slim Luxe Wood Collection is perfect for closets where space is limited and for all tops and bottoms.

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”  Coco Chanel

All Hung Up Plastic Hanger Collections provide an important alternative for closets where wooden hangers simply won’t work for either function or budget.  Wood grain plastic hangers provide the look of wood with the economy of plastic and perfect for wet coats, ski clothes, or beach wear.  Our Velvet Hangers are all-over flocked in black velvet and are strong & durable.  The Slim Plastic Collection provide colorful, fun alternatives to brighten any closet.  Our plastic hangers are built to All Hung Up proprietary specifications and will last the test of time.  Other brands make hangers thinner and cheaper – All Hung Up makes them better.

If your custom closet is looking a little more chaotic than custom these days, it’s time to consider a change. You could search online and find lovely photos of perfectly brilliant organizing hacks for your closet accessories, new ways to fold and roll your clothes, new uses for your luxury hangers. But no matter how clever these ideas may be, if they don’t fit your lifestyle and current habits, chances are they will be difficult to maintain.

Making New Organization Stick:

When trying to make a change like implementing a new organizational system, one of the best ideas is to start small. While design shows make magical makeovers seem effortless, a proverbial organized-ever-after, the reality is that however you live now is probably going to persist if you change too much too fast.

Overhauling your whole space is certainly possible and might be just what you need if you’re building your dream custom closet (read about why you need to do that here). But if you’re needing lasting change that doesn’t include major renovations, experts suggest starting small. Stanford professor of Sociology and author BJ Fogg advises that to make real lasting change in life, humans have more success using ‘tiny habit’ changes that fit into the routine of their existing lives. 

In closet organization terms Fogg’s research-based suggestion might look like adding a laundry hamper in your closet instead of letting dirty clothes pile up. After a few weeks of using the hamper, add another hamper for donation items next to the first. That way when you take off that top that has kept you feeling frumpy all day, you can drop it right where it belongs without disturbing your routine but also be moving toward a more organized you. Fast-forward to today, and beautiful closets have become, as a recent article in House Beautiful “closet organization ideas.”

Regardless of what tiny goal you choose to start with, one thing is clear, you cannot fit new habits of any size into your routine unless you know what your routine is.

How Do You Do You?

Before buying expensive containers and drawer dividers for your custom closet, consider your current habits in these two areas:

  1. Using your closet space
  2. Dressing and undressing

For a week, pay attention to these two areas and make notes, mental or written, about your current routine. Be sure you include a weekend in your observation so you can become aware of how your downtime differs from workdays. Becoming aware of how you are already using your closest space and what your dressing habits are will tell you a lot about how to start creating new habits of organization that work for you.

How Do You Use Your Closet Space?

Is this space for lounging? A relaxing escape? A place to apply makeup? Notice the things you like to do in your custom closet and then start making a list of areas where an improvement might be made. Do you like to try on outfits in the closet, but lack a mirror? This might be a small change to make to improve your closet system. Do you have an extensive shoe collection or are handbags more your thing? How are they stored now? Can you see each item clearly or is choosing one a source of frustration? However you use your closet space, taking the time to gain awareness over your current habits will give you a starting point on your journey to being {and staying} organized.

How Do You Dress?

Which item of clothing do you choose first when you’re dressing? Pay attention to the flow of your outfit planning and dressing habits and then notice the flow of your closet. Are those foundational articles front-and-center or hard to reach and see? Do you choose your outfits based on what color you’re in the mood for? Your activity for the day? By the weather? Notice this about yourself and then see if your closet is making it easier or harder to work within the natural flow of your preference. Would color-coding your clothing make dressing faster and more fun? Or do you need to organize your closet by category, say with tops at eye-level and pants the next rung down. Find what fits your flow and organize based on that and your efforts are much more likely to stick.  

Room for Improvement:

After you’ve taken the time to observe and see how things are working, you can identify what things aren’t and choose a few small changes to make. Perhaps you realized that you have some clothes that you no longer wear, but aren’t ready for a big declutter, clean, and sort like we wrote about here (insert link to Declutter article). One small idea is to choose a category, let’s say tops. Hang a door hanger sign at one end of your closet rod, or simply tie a thick ribbon loosely there. Each time you wear a shirt place it on the opposite side of the door hanger. After a while, you will have a good idea which tops you wear regularly without disrupting your daily habits much at all. And all those tops that are still on the ‘wrong’ side of the door hanger can go straight into the donation bin. 

However you choose to organize, gaining awareness about your daily habits, and starting small will always help you create lasting change in your custom closet. 

 

Rewind twenty or thirty years, and a closet was a functional hole in the wall, a space with a door that was meant to stay closed. A place to conceal life’s necessities and accumulated junk.

Fast-forward to today, and custom closets have become, as a recent article in The Wall Street Journal stated, “the ultimate status symbol.” No longer a place to conceal, the custom closet of today is a space to reveal the objects of life well-lived. These well-lit spaces with their custom wooden hangers and pristine rows of carefully displayed closet accessories communicate a sense of control and order in a sometimes hectic world. Custom closets are the place where functionality is made beautiful, where the organization turns into art.

A Status Symbol

While movies and tv, such as “Sex in the City” and “The Devil Wears Prada” have certainly popularized displaying closet accessories in chic, airy, boutique-style walk-ins, this new definition of the custom closet is more than just a fad. Video tours of designer custom closets complete with specialty shelving, wooden hangers, and a plethora of luxury items such as wood-paneled refrigerators and high-tech security systems are some of the most-viewed videos online, some amassing millions of views. Adding to the visibility of the custom closet are celebrities like the Kardashians and the professional designers and organizers featured on the Netflix show “Get Organized with the Home Edit.” With the rise in popularity and visibility of the organized home, the world has become aware that even the most private spaces in our homes deserve to be used to the fullest extent; that all of the clothing and accessories that a person collects deserve to be cared for and displayed as a reflection of the person who owns them.

The symbol of a well-organized beautifully designed custom closet speaks of a person with attention to the details of their lives. Someone who has decided that they deserve a little more than simply shutting the door on their things; that these spaces in their homes are for more than just storage. Just as clothing and accessories have become more than simply functional, serving as a means of self-expression, investments, and collector’s items, the custom closets of today must also serve multiple purposes. Celebrities like Reece Witherspoon unlock the potential for creating custom closets as status symbols. Witherspoon’s custom costume closet features designated spaces for her various movie wardrobes and memorabilia; a veritable tribute to her life’s work.

One study in Britain reported that 45% of the women surveyed listed custom walk-in closet as their number-one status symbol. Additionally, 26% of the women in the study stated that buying new gadgets for the home – home upgrades and improvements – was more exciting than buying a new pair of shoes. This speaks to the truth that while styles change and fashions come and go, humans will never tire of having their homes reflect their status.

Prime Real Estate

The status symbol of a custom closet goes beyond displaying a person’s possessions or even reflecting their life. In today’s luxury home, a custom walk-in closet is a must. While outdoor kitchens and whirlpool bathtubs were once the must-have luxury items on the upscale housing market, new research shows that custom closets, and particularly custom walk-in master suite closets, are at the top of today’s affluent homebuyer’s list. Some reports show that people today are buying houses and intending to stay for longer than in the past, so having ample space is key. Surveys are showing that after the kitchen and bathroom, a custom walk-in closet is the most desired feature for many homebuyers and may even make or break the sale.

The housing market amidst the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rebound. After sheltering in place, people have become hyperaware of their living spaces and are looking for a change. With the market inventory low and demand increasing, homebuyers are willing to spend a little more for the upgrades that will give them the status and comfort they desire. One of these upgrades is a custom closet.

Sellers should be aware that some remodeling projects will only increase the home value by 50% – 80% of the project’s average cost so putting money into the right upgrades is important. While remodeling projects may not give returns dollar-for-dollar, they will keep a homeowner’s property updated which will pay off in other dividends: a shorter time on the market and fewer staging and maintenance costs. Getting ‘stuck in time’ in your home is a mess no one wants, so knowing what buyers are looking for in-home upgrades cannot be emphasized enough. Since walk-in closets are at the top of the affluent home buyer’s list, it is a good place to start.

But people aren’t looking for any old walk-in, they want this space customized to their specific needs, for their unique closet accessories. They want beauty and comfort, design, and functionality. They want designer hangers, customized purse hooks, and vast shoe walls. They want custom closets that add value to their homes. Many affluent homeowners are renovating to create these custom closets. One husband gave his wife her dream closet by converting a bedroom, previously used as a nursery, into a custom closet bigger than their master bedroom. Others are annexing flex rooms or lesser-used family spaces to create the custom closets of their dreams, add value to their homes, and drive buyers to their property.

Comfort During COVID-19

With the pandemic still in full swing, people are spending more time than ever at home and their custom closet spaces have become sanctuaries of retreat. Lisa Adams of LA Closets designs for the most affluent clients and is the genius behind many of the Kardashian’s custom closets. Her closet designs have a starting price point of $50k and go up to over a million. Adams told The Wall Street Journal that many of her clients “are looking to replicate the feeling of being in a boutique. She explained, ‘I think people like the idea that you’re shopping in your closet…. So the idea that it’s not cluttered, it’s well-lit, I think, is attractive to homeowners.’” A quick search online will confirm Adam’s assessment. Online photos and videos of custom closets that look like designer boutiques are replete.

In today’s COVID world of quarantine, sheltering in place, and staying home more than ever, this desire to create a feeling of shopping in one’s closet takes on new meaning. But Rory Satran of The Wall Street Journal points out that the custom closet “is not just a narcissistic ode to consumerism. It can be a historic archive, like the wood-paneled space behind the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s office where she stored her symbolic collars.”

Satran also points out that along with giving the feeling of a shopping experience, providing a status symbol, or becoming a piece of history, today’s custom closet has also become an important place to relax. Many affluent homeowners are busy working people who want to experience peace and relaxation even as they prepare and dress for a busy day ahead. And while starting the day off well is important to many of Adam’s clients, having a space of peaceful retreat and escape from the busyness of life after work or while sheltering in place is equally important in today’s COVID world.

Closets have come a long way from dark functional storage spaces to boutique-like rooms with custom hangers, specialty lighting, and comfortable seating. These spaces convey the luxury and status of their owners. Along with adding value to a home and helping it sell faster, custom closets convey order, in times of turmoil, relaxation in times of stress. And order and relaxation are things every affluent homeowner could use a little more of these days.

Nothing detracts from a beautiful custom closet like overly full shelves, little piles of this and that, and racks so messy those luxury hangers can barely do their job. Every homeowner’s closet has been there at some time or other. As people come out of sheltering-in-place from COVID -19, as they don something other than leggings or pajamas, and begin to trickle slowly back into the workplace, what better time to reexamine those cluttered closets? What better time to clear things out, clean things up, and decide that only the items that bring joy get to go back on those lovely wooden hangers .

But decluttering that wardrobe, sorting through all those closet accessories, can feel like a daunting task. Luckily, the online world is replete with suggestions for how to accomplish this task. As you tackle this project, here are some suggestions to get you started.

Preparing to Declutter:

This is one step many people don’t think about but taking a few minutes to prepare for your closet sort will not only keep the process more organized but will also get you in the purging mindset. This is important because often the mental and emotional aspect of letting items go can be the very hardest part.

First: Gather your supplies. You’ll need:

  1. 5-6 boxes or plain old trash bags will work too
  2. A dust cloth and maybe a vacuum

Second:  Label your boxes or bags. Labels such as, ‘give to family/friends,’ ‘Donate,’ Trash/Recycle,’ ‘Put away elsewhere,’ and ‘Sell,’ will help you keep focused on the task and might even make letting go of some items easier.

Third:  Determine where the things you are not keeping are going to go next. For example, what charity, thrift, or consignment store will you take your things to? Which family member or friend would appreciate receiving some gently used clothing and accessories? Deciding ahead of time will help you avoid keeping bags of clothes in your garage and then in a week or two, second-guessing your decision to let them go. 

Fourth:  Turn this chore into some fun by putting on your favorite playlist or downloading that podcast you haven’t had time for. 

Practical Steps:

After the preparation comes to the progress. Follow these concise steps to get started.

The Quick Purge:

This should only take 5-10 minutes depending on the size of your closet. But the idea is to make a fast first sweep of your closet to weed out the items you already know are going. Follow your first impulse in this step, if you have a second thought about an item leave it for the next round.

The Deep Sort:

This is where the real fun starts. Remove all the items you are sorting from your closet. You can do your entire collection at once. Or if that feels too daunting or you are short on time, sort by category, i.e. tops, pants, skirts, etc. Sort through the items asking yourself these honest questions: 

    1. Do I love it?
    2. How often do I wear it?
    3. How do I feel when I wear it?

Your answers to these questions will let you know when it’s time to let go of a wardrobe item. 

*If you are not sure about a piece or feel hesitant to let it go even if it doesn’t pass the question test, just hang on to it for now and try some of the suggestions for sentimental items below

1.The Clean-Up:

After the sorting is done, take a few minutes to wipe down and clean up the closet space before putting your things back. You might be surprised how much dust can accumulate in a closet over time.

2.The Return:

Return your clothing and accessories to their happy home and take a minute to stand back and appreciate the beauty of a newly organized closet. 

*For some tips on organizing, take a look at How to Organize that Beautiful Closet. 

The Emotional Side of Letting it Go

If in your purging and sorting you find that some items are very hard to let go of, you are not alone. If you have the closet space, hanging on to that wedding dress or that top you wore the day you met your partner is wonderful. But if you need to make space or just want to let go but are not sure how, consider trying these ideas.

  • Find alternate storage for your special items that are worth keeping but don’t need to take up closet space. under-the-bed storage might be a good option and you could always rent a small storage unit if your items are worth paying for.
  • Take photos of your special items before donating or selling them and keep a digital memory album you can refer to when you’re in a sentimental mood.
  • Have that one really honest friend come and help you sort. This can be helpful for those items that aren’t sentimental, but that you may be saving because you love the idea of them. Having a friend tell you when something is working for you and when it’s not, can be very helpful. 
  • Finding ways to make money from those high-end designer label items that you just never use can help you let go. Even donating them can give you a tax break, so keep that in mind too.
  • And for items that you just can’t decide about, try putting them in a box, tape it up, and label it with the date. Commit to leaving those things in the box for two weeks and if after that time you haven’t missed them, then let them go.
  • Decluttering your closet and wardrobe doesn’t have to be a painful mess and with these suggestions, you just might have fun while you’re at it.

Obviously you need a place to put all your clothes. A custom closet system is built specifically for your specific personal storage needs. It is best to start with a consultation with a closet expert, whether it be the CLOSET MANUFACTURER or A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER.

This will depend on budgets, space, time, and how many clothes you are trying to get fitted into a certain space.
Regardless if you are starting from scratch or just enhancing the space you have, there are a ton of options out there to keep you organized, including some really cool closet enhancements like a shoe carousel and high reaching closet bars (to create double space) that can come down to eye level with the push of a button (think your local dry cleaners). And of course, don’t forget the hangers!!

As we emerge from COVID 19, take the time to reevaluate your closet. For the last 8 weeks, few of us have emerged from sweatpants, scrubs, our uniforms, or (dare I say) our pajamas. It is now time to GET DRESSED. Personally, I am excited to put on a dress and get back to work. But this is also a great time for me to get back to basics, and shed all those clothes that have not been worn in years.

We talked about this the last time I wrote. I had mentioned that a good way to declutter your closet was to tackle one item at a time. Assuming you did that, it is now time to do a second wave of purging.

We have had 8 weeks off. Slowly, as you embrace your wardrobe again if you put something on that is stained, has been in need of mending for years, does not fit right or any other reason for not wearing it put it in a pile. If it has any kind of LABEL, it is saleable on Poshmark or eBay. You will not get much for it, but you will be helping the planet by recycling.

When it comes to cleaning out a wardrobe closet, the hardest thing is getting started.  One piece of good advice is: don’t think of cleaning out your closet all in one day.  Instead, take an item of clothes, let’s say your jeans, and go through them. I know that most of us women have our SKINNY jeans AND our FAT jeans (and the same for everything else), AND we all know the old adage of getting rid of anything that has not been worn for more than 6 months.  But ladies, let’s all be realistic.  We do need both our SKINNY and FAT CLOTHES.  So, I am going to go against the grain and say, DON’T GET RID OF EVERYTHING, but get rid of stuff you really won’t ever wear again – like those orange stonewashed jeans that ALMOST made a comeback, but didn’t.

I would also go so far as to say that if cleaning out your closet creates anxiety within, purge one item a day (as above), but skip a few days in between.  Think of it as a closet diet.  When we diet, we don’t expect to lose 10 pounds in one day.  We know it should take a month or more.  The same goes for your closet.  If you are cleaning out your closet by yourself, put yourself on a closet diet, taking the necessary time to go through one item at a time – and doing at a pace that will not stress you out.

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