How many different kinds of hangers do you have in your closet? Plastic? Wire from the dry cleaner? Plastic with skirt clips? Wooden for suits? Padded? Plastic tubular? So many different kinds of hangers, all in the same closet — it’s the most common closet organizing mistake.
At first glance, it makes sense to have a plastic hanger with cutouts to hold spaghetti strap items, plastic tubular or wood for folded pants, larger or padded hangers for delicate items, and who doesn’t hurry to put away the dry cleaning by using the wire hangers? Not to go all Joan Crawford on you, but please — no wire hangers! No plastic hangers! No padded hangers!
The easiest and quickest way to makeover your closet and improve not only the way it looks but the amount of space – and to simplify your life — is to use ONE type of hanger and ONLY ONE type of hanger. And for (almost) all of your needs, this is the hanger that I recommend:
Here’s why I love this hanger and recommend it to my clients as the only one they should use:
- Using ONE HANGER ONLY improves the look of your closet. Immediately, it looks better organized and streamlined. These hangers come in black, beige, and even pink or light green!
- They are a GREAT PRICE: $29.99 for a box of 50 = 60 cents per hanger. (And if you use those 20% off coupons from BBB, it’s an even better deal!)
- This hanger is VERY SLIM — which means that your clothes will hang better and will be easier for you to get in and out of your closet.
- You don’t need to buy a different hanger for shirts, spaghetti strap tops, heavy knits, jackets, skirts, and pants – this ONE hanger will do it all!
No-Slip: The hanger is flocked (covered in a kind of felt-type fabric), so delicate fabrics and wide-necked tops don’t slip off.
Pants: I always buy the hanger with the bar across the bottom. That way, it can hold folded pants as well as tops, and all other items as well.
Spaghetti Strap Tops: The hanger has small cutouts/dents in the top to hold spaghetti strap-type tops.
Skirts: All you have to do is add the skirt clips (Hanger Clips), and your regular hanger is now a skirt hanger! Skirt clips are $7.99 for 12 = 67 cents per clip.
Sweaters/Jackets: For heavy knits or jackets that have shoulders you want to keep shapely, all you have to do is add the Clip-On Shoulder Shapers. They snap right on and keep these items from creasing at the shoulder. Shoulder Shapers are $4.99 for 4 = $1.25 per shaper.
Outfits: The small hook in the top center lets you hang two or more hangers together — works well for putting together tomorrow’s outfit, hanging a suit together, or just to hang more vertically in the same space.
Heavy-Weight Items: The hook in the top center is great for clipping together 2 hangers to hold heavy-weight items. If you prefer, Real Simple also makes a Heavy Weight version.
With all these great accessories, you buy ONE TYPE of hanger and it’s easy to switch or remove the accessories as you change the clothing in your closet. So, with ONE HANGER you can have EVERY hanger that you’ll ever need — and your closet will look and be much more organized.
What are your favorite closet organizing tricks? Post them in the comments below! Your comment may be featured as the Organizing Tip on my website!