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How-To: Organize Your Hangers

Organizing your closet is not an easy feat, but one small change that'll rock your world visually and functionally is organizing your hangers. It also doesn't have to be a particularly expensive change, but it can be if you get picky and fancy. Since squeezing into your skinny jeans is already enough of a hassle, here are a few tips that'll expedite your daily-dressing ritual.

  • The Cardinal Rule: match your hangers. Matched hangers don't only create a closet that is aesthetically pleasing, but things will be equally spaced and therefore easier to find, and less likely to tangle, meaning fewer wrinkled clothes.
  • Use the appropriate hangers for your clothes. Use skirt hangers for skirts, pant hangers for pants, etc. Don't try to find a way around it like pinning your skirts to a pant hanger! Make sure your hangers are appropriately sized for your clothes; otherwise, they'll fall off and leave stretch/poke marks on your clothes. If you sport strappy tank tops, camisoles, or dresses, buy hangers that will actually hold them up (i.e. ones with hooks or slots). For silk tops that tend to slip off the hanger, buy fabric hangers or those with a rubber grip, so they stay hung up and not in a ball on your floor.
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  • Say no to rotating hooks and wire hangers. As much as you may enjoy saving money by using the hangers that come free from your dry cleaner, please return them to your cleaners and don't put them anywhere near your closet! These hangers are the source of most tangling between hooks which not only complicates things functionally but also just looks bad. The same goes for hangers with rotating hooks. You may think that rotating hooks help you hang your clothes in the right direction, but they really cause more problems than they solve. Just get in the habit of putting your clothes on their hangers the correct way in the first place.
  • Don't double up. Don't double (or triple) up with more than one item per hanger. This not only looks bad but it hides your clothes, so you don't even realize what's in your closet. The only exception I'd say to this is if you use a bar hanger to hold both the pants and blazer for a pantsuit (which men tend to do). Buy enough hangers for all of your clothes, and keep some extras in storage, and you'll be all set. If your closet is getting too packed, assess what really needs to be hung. Winter sweaters? No. Thick fabrics that don't wrinkle? Probably not.
  • Thick always beats thin. Plastic, fabric, and wooden hangers, which tend to be thicker, will keep your clothes spaced evenly and far enough apart so they don't wrinkle. Thicker hangers are also better because they simulate how your clothes would hang on your body, so they don't get out of shape.
  • Be consistent with pant and skirt hangers. You have a few options when it comes to pant and skirt hangers (i.e. clips, clamps for both, and also bars for pants). I prefer bars for pants because it cuts the length of your pants in half in your closet, so you have more room for storage below. Clips, which rotate, tend to tangle and leave indents on your clothes, but they also adjust for the width of your skirts/pants, which is good. Clamps, especially wooden ones, don't hold fabric as tightly, but they don't tangle as much, leave indents on your clothes, or need to be adjusted for clothing width. Choose which hanger type to use and stick with it.

Got any tips to add to this list? Comment below!

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Court003 Court003 8 years
I love Huggable Hangers...they are the best! Highly recommend them to anyone and everyone!! I bought mine at Target, but you can also buy them in larger sets from or Joy Mangano's website. I used to be embarassed to admit I had them, but they really work fabulously! Glad to see someone else here has used them :-D
luvluvg luvluvg 9 years
I have plastic hangar packs in storage from a dollar store - 2 bucks for 10 hangars, awesome! They are all white. I also have the same hangars in different colors, who knows from where. For those, I hang up my winter coats since they're the least used. :) But all the white ones are next to each other.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
I use plastic hangers but saw the huggable hangers at the store the other day and since I am moving I think I might give my plastic hangers to my husband (he has wire hangers) and son he just has baby hangers right now.
jfellows1631 jfellows1631 9 years
has anybody seen those "hugable hangers" on QVC? i used to mock them, until they started selling them at Target and i tried a i'm hooked! they are thin, and "flocked" with "velvet" so your clothes don't slip off! I highly recommend them!
capeartist capeartist 9 years
I just cleaned out my closet last weekend...all of our things hang on wooden hangers and are arranged by pants, shirts, etc. Occasionally it gets messy and I have to re-organize, because it feels so good to go into the closet where everything is neatly arranged and easy to find!
fmw fmw 9 years
omg I LOVE wood hangers! I'm obsessed with organizing my clothes as well...
emalove emalove 9 years
Most of my hangers are thick wood one from Ikea. They're inexpensive and I like how it makes my closet look more organized.
Home Home 9 years
Hottpink- of course you'd get pink hangers! Your hubby won't mind?
LVC LVC 9 years
All plastic for me. Organized by season first then Color then sleve length from spaghetti to long sleve. Then dresses by color and sleve. Then pants, suits, etc... So Type A!!!
hottpink hottpink 9 years
I'm guilty of "reusing" dry cleaner hangers and doubling up!! My hubby and I are moving next week so I am going to invest in some good pink!
Angelica Angelica 9 years
These are really great tips. I'm obsessed about keeping my clothes in order of color because I don't always remember all the clothes in my closest, but once I look at a certain color I usually remember the pieces. The hangers are a constant battle though. You are right, I really should get a set of all the same.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
No metal hangers!! ;)
secretallstar secretallstar 9 years
I looooovvvvee my closet (maybe more than the clothes??) and my favorite part is my pant rack -- keeps my dress pants tidy and it pulls out, so it's super easy in the morning.
CrysDiaz06 CrysDiaz06 9 years
I am guilty of doubling up. I need a closet like Kimora Lee. haha!
ella1978 ella1978 9 years
I organize my closet by item, and if I'm uber organized, by color within in each item. My dresses are together, my skirts are grouped together, my sweaters are in one area & my shirts in another & they are even subdivided in those categories.. button down shirts, pull overs, thin sweaters, dressy shirts, etc... I'm also a big fan of adding an extra shelf on top, or several on the bottom of a traditional closet area. Then you can better organize folded items & shoes. I have a friend who has all of her shoes in plastic shoe boxes w/ a photo of each shoe on the front.. I'm not that crazy yet.. but I'm not far away.
Bisque Bisque 9 years
I've been trying to clean my closet for the summer, and one month goes by and I'm still not done! I should totally spend my allowance on wooden hangers though, I need those. :S
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Well, I guess i'm guilty of a bad closet. My closet has all sorts of hangers from mismatched colors to wood, plastic, and the infamous dry cleaners hangers. I reuse the store hangers that are used for pants and skirts and the plastics from the dry cleaners and plastic garment bags from department stores. I need a major closet overhaul!!!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Hehehe! When we moved, I was able to make our walk-in beautiful!!! And, I also got an extra closet in another room for my shoes, bags, and dresses!
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