Storing specialty hangers?

Reader Iris wrote us an e-mail the other day that sincerely left me baffled. I struggle with a very similar issue in my home. Her question:

I always put away hangers in a cardboard box sitting at the bottom of the wardrobe when the hangers are not in use. However, the hangers are of different size tend to tangle up and it looks very messy. I just wonder whether there’s a neat way of storing them?

Okay, I can help out with the first part of this question and suggest that Iris ditch the cardboard box and exchange it for a hanger holder. I have one very similar to the one in the picture, and I recommend it highly. It is extremely convenient and transports easily to the laundry room when I’m pulling clothes out of the dryer.

HOWEVER (and this is a mighty big however), it only works for standard clothes hangers similar to the ones in the picture. Large suit and coat hangers are too big and get tangled, any hanger with a curve to it doesn’t stack well, skirt hangers never fit, and plain shirt hangers that don’t have bottom rods slide right off of it. I have to leave an empty space at the end of my closet rod to hold all of these non-standard hangers when they’re not in use. And, I always end up making a couple trips back and forth between the laundry room and the closet to grab the specialty hangers when I need them.

Admitting complete and utter defeat, I open the floor to you our readers. How do you keep the non-standard hangers organized when they aren’t in use? Please, fill the comments with your wonderful ideas — Iris and I need your help!

72 Comments for “Storing specialty hangers?”

  1. posted by Jess on

    what about instigating a strict ‘one-in-one-out’ policy so there’s never any spare hangers ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. posted by Another Deb on

    I use a wall-mounted folding garment rack in the laundry area and just let empty hangers accumulate there. Link below.

  3. posted by Quatrefoil on

    Umm – hanging on the end of the rail in the wardrobe. Is this a trick question? I don’t see why you’d need another gadget to store clothes hangers. Sounds like a unitasker to me.

  4. posted by Rick Lobrecht on

    Empty hangers hang in the middle of the closet. I agree with Quatrefoil, seems like you’re creating more clutter.

  5. posted by Gayle Bird on

    I guess maybe I’m a laundry moron, but why must you take hangers to the laundry room? Wouldn’t you just take the clean, folded laundry back to your closet?

    Also, if you’ve got extra hangers, throw ’em out! If they’re waiting for their clothes to be put back on ’em, they just…. sit and wait in the space they’re normally in.

    I don’t get it.

  6. posted by Erin Doland on

    In the post, I meant clothes hangers from clothes that are dirty. You take a suit off a hanger to wear the suit … and what do you do with the hanger while you’re wearing the suit?

  7. posted by Brianna on

    The bottom of my closet features a row of canvas sweater bins beneath the hanging items. I keep one for extra hangers. It neatly holds hanagers of all sizes/types and can easily be toted to the laundry room if need be.

  8. posted by Susan on

    Why wouldn’t you just keep the hanger on the rod until you put the clothes away? Seems like you’re just creating more work.

  9. posted by Saisha on

    I’m with the others. I don’t see why this is an issue. When I remove an article of clothing, the empty hanger goes to the end of the closet rod. Then I just take clean laundry upstairs and all my empty hangers are right there hanging up and easy to grab. I don’t understand why anyone would take them off the rod between use. Seems odd to me.

  10. posted by Felicia on

    First, I just discovered this site and I LOVE it! As for my empty hangers, I have a closet rod hanging under a wooden shelf that is mounted above my washer and dryer. I gather the empty hangers and hang them there. When I take the clean clothes from the dryer, they are immediately put on hangers and brought back to the closet. The clothes are not wrinkled and I rarely have to iron anything.

  11. posted by Springpeeper on

    Empty hangers very simply go back on the rod!

    On laundry days, I go the the closet and “harvest” empty hangers to take to the laundry area for clean clothes that are hung, not folded; these hangers are returned to the closet with clean clothes on them.

    I also store a number of plastic (no rusting) hangers in the laundry area (also on a rod) for use with clothing that I hang to dry, but which then gets folded.

  12. posted by Sue on

    If all you want to do is find a place to store hangers when you are wearing the item that normally hangs on it, you can do one of two things:

    -keep all the empty hangers at the end of the rod, so you can easily grab one to rehang something.

    -keep the empty hanger exactly where the item normally hangs.

    The second method works best for those of us who hang our clothing by item type and/or color, because everything has a specific spot in the “line-up”. And even though my closet is organized in this way, I prefer to keep all unused hangers together in one spot on the rod.

    If you have a large number of hangers that aren’t in use that you need to store – it seems to me that the best option is to purge the extra hangers.

    If you can’t store the empty hangers on the rod because your closet is stuffed, then you need to purge your wardrobe. What do you do when everything is clean? Or does that never happen because there’s not enough room for everything to hang when it’s clean?

  13. posted by George on

    I’m another who just keeps them on the rail until needed, all at one end.

    I guess you could just specify one hanger per clothing item and keep the hangers the clothes come on in the future. A charity shop would welcome old hangers

  14. posted by Jacki Hollywood Brown on

    Add a pegboard to the closet.

    You can also add hooks to hang belts and even jewelery.

  15. posted by OogieM on

    Empty hangers go back on the closet rod in the middle between hubby and my clothes. When I take wet laundry upstairs to hang (we don’t use a dryer, my wooden drying rack is upstairs) I hang the wet shirts back on them and hang those on teh shower curtain rod until they are dry, usually by the time I go to bed. I keep a few spare empty hangers around but not many.

  16. posted by Debi on

    I have a rolling wardrobe rack (about $10) by my dryer where I store empty hangers. That way the hangers are ready when I pull clothes out of the dryer.

  17. posted by shris on

    Yah, when I read this I was a little baffled, too.

    For me, the issue is not having enough hangers on laundry day to hang up all the clean stuff, not having too many. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I actually went out and bought more hangers as well as purging clothes until the balance between hangers and wardrobe was better.

    Now I leave the empties on the rod until laundry day. Then I remove them, place them on my rolling hamper’s hanging rod, and trundle them off to the laundry room to get clean clothes applied fresh from the dryer. Then I trundle them back, put them all away, and repeat.

    I have enough space in my closet that I don’t have to do the seasonal clothes-moving thing that other people do (even when my closet was only three feet wide and had just one rod this was true). I have plenty of space for clothes and empty hangers to hang on the rod.

    If your closet is very very tiny and you have to do the clothes juggling act, first check your volume of clothes: purge the ones you wear the least, except for one funeral outfit, one wedding outfit, etc. and also purge the Nth similar item (five black turtlenecks?). Second, check your habits and see if there are some things you could fold and put in drawers instead of hanging (assuming you have drawer space). Third, check your closet’s structure and see if redoing the shelves/rods would give you more space in the same space. Fourth, check into wardrobe storage furniture or other closets in your home, or other novel solutions like underbed boxes.

    If you just can’t stand the look of the empty hangers hanging on the rod either where they sit or at the end of the rod, then, well, do what you want with them, or maybe shut the closet door. ๐Ÿ™‚


  18. posted by EngineerMom on

    We use all wooden hangers and do our laundry at the laundramat.

    For a while, we would tote all the hangers along with us to the laundramat, but this proved to be a huge hassle – they were always sliding off the pile of clothes into a messy heap in the car.

    Now, we just hang empty hangers back in the closet, and when we bring the clean clothes home, we immediately hang up what usually resides in the closet.

    I can understand the point of this post – the author wishes to have a simple system for transporting a large number of specialty hangers between her closet and her laundry room. If you live in a house with more than one floor, and the laundry room and bedroom closet are not on the same floor, this can be a major pain in the rear, so just putting the hangers back on the rod doesn’t solve her problem.

    I like Brianna’s solution of an empty sweater basket dedicated to collecting orphan hangers and transporting them from closet to laundry room. Seems the best solution for someone looking for a good way to keep the hangers neatly confined in the closet, yet also have an easy way to bring them to the laundry room. For someone who doesn’t like the visual clutter of a basket full of hangers, perhaps one of those arrangements of a set of shelves with wicker baskets would be a good alternative – like a set of removable drawers.

  19. posted by judith on

    For those who are wondering why you need hangers in the laundry room – the reason is, you might want to hang clothes to dry on hangers if you don’t have a tumble dryer. I have a great indoor clothes horse which takes lots of clothes on hangers. So they come out of the washer, onto the hanger, they dry and then get put in the wardrobes. But storing the hangers in the laundry room is a pain.

  20. posted by jdb on

    I don’t understand – if you have enough room in your closet to fit all the hangars when there ARE clothes on them, why would you need to move them when there aren’t clothes on them?

    Like most posters here I keep all my “empties” at one end of the rod, ready to grab when laundry is done.

  21. posted by Kim on

    Make mine the umpteenth vote for hangers that are not in use remaining in the closet on the rod. Hangers with clothes on them to the left, empty hangers to the right.

  22. posted by Stovie on

    I always return dry cleaner hangers when I drop off a load. My problem is with kid hangers — they just seem to multiply. Resale stores for children’s clothes will usually take them off your hands. I also seem to get hangers from a particular department store that have small black size indicators on them. Whenever they reach critical mass, I also return them to the store. That leaves my closets much cleaner!

  23. posted by BigFatDave on

    If you must have a place other than the main rod in the closet to store hangers, just add another rod. Telescoping closet/shower rods are pretty cheap and easy to put up. We used to have an odd-shaped almost walk-in closet (space under the upstairs apartment’s stairs) and I added rods running perpendicular to the existing one up high. You might want to mount your empty hanger rod above the door.

  24. posted by Blair on

    What’s wrong with just hanging them up?

  25. posted by Emma on

    We have a Closetmaid shelf with closet rod above our laundry station. Every few days or when it is time to do laundry, I make it a practice to go and retrieve hangers and hang them above the washer and dryer. This allows easy use when doing laundry and cleaner closets.

  26. posted by Deb on

    We hang empties in a designated space on the rod just inside the closet door. Each time I take dirty laundry from the bathroom hamper into the laundry room, I grab the empties from the closet. They are then sorted and stored on a rod over the dryer, so I can immediately hang the dried clothes.

  27. posted by Sheryl on

    Like Felicia, I like to hang the clothes up as soon as they come out of the dryer so that they don’t get wrinkled.

    When we take something out of the closet to wear, we just toss the empty hangers in the hamper with the dirty clothes.

    Then when we take the hamper downstairs to sort the clothes (we live in a quad-level and the washer and dryer are in the basement), we just put the hangers on a rod near the dryer until we need them.

  28. posted by Heather on

    We usually throw the handgers in the laundry basket so then end up in the laundry room, ready for the clean clothes to get put back on them.

  29. posted by John of Indiana on

    The hangers stay on the rod in the closet until laundry night, then they are gathered, put in the “utility basket” (with the various potions and powders) taken to That Little bit of Hell on Earth (aka “Levee Laundry and Tan”), the clean clothes get put back on them, and then they go back in the closet.
    That hanger holder looks like a Unitasker or something to sooth an OCD sufferer.

  30. posted by Sharon on

    Extras go on the end of the closet rod here.

  31. posted by maxie on

    Superfluous comment because many others said it–we just put the empty hangers on the end of the rod. When doing laundry (or before), take what’s needed and hang on the rod over the washer and dryer. Simplicity.

  32. posted by auntiemichal on

    Heather and Sheryl do what works best for me: toss emptied hangers into the dirty clothes basket. No special trips from closet to dryer to get empty hangers! I, too, thought this was a unitasker!

  33. posted by Pollinator on

    I donated all my hangers that didn’t fit on my hanger holder. When the holder is full, I take it to the laundry room so I can hang clothes as I pull them out of the dryer. I keep the holders in a rotation.

  34. posted by Coffee Nuht on

    I leave them on the rod.

    Why purposely *make* more clutter by removing them? I hang clean clothing up when I bring them back to the bedroom, not in our dark dank garage laundry room.

  35. posted by Coffee Nuht on

    Ah, I read Erin’s reply further up now.

    Why not just take a baby-wipe, or a damp washcloth, and wipe the hanger down if it’s “dirty”. Then leave it hanging in the closet where it usually does.

    Is this hanger rack thing a regional thing? I guess I don’t understand how a hanger can get dirty from the clothing, unless the clothing is never washed, but I don’t see it as a problem.

  36. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Coffee Nuht — I meant the clothes are dirty, not the hangers ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never once thought of cleaning a hanger.

  37. posted by Rue on

    The easiest thing to do is just leave the empty ones in one spot on the rod. On laundry day, throw all the clean clothes in a (empty) hamper and hang clothes while standing in front of your closet. You eliminate the need for “storage” for the hangers, and you don’t have to worry about them getting tangled up in the bottom of a box. The clothes won’t get wrinkled as long as you take them straight to the closet to hang up and don’t leave them in the hamper for hours.

    The only reason you would need any kind of hanger storage is if your closet/wardrobe is stuffed to the brim with clothes and you don’t have any rod space to hang empty hangers – in which case I’d suggest cleaning out the closet. ๐Ÿ˜›

    I only keep enough hangers in the closet to hold what’s clean and what’s dirty. (So, if 50% of my clothes are clean, they’re hung up, and I have 50% empty hangers on the rod.) I keep extras in the laundry room only in case I buy new clothes that need hangers. I also only buy one type of hanger – the plastic, tubular hanger with notches on the sides for strappy shirts. They’ll hold pants, shirts, skirts, strappy tanks, ANYTHING. The only thing they won’t hold is my husband’s suits – and we just use the suit hangers the suits come with. Eliminating specialty hangers, and especially wire hangers, is the way to go. Wire hangers are terrible for hanging things up, can leave rust stains on your clothes, and tangle a lot more easily than plastic hangers.

  38. posted by Sapphire on

    I’m with some of the other people who’ve responded…my hangers stay exactly where they are on the closet rod. My closet is organized by clothing type (long-sleeved, short-sleeved, dressy, and so on), so having the hanger already in the proper spot makes it easy to put things where they go.

    There are exactly enough hangers in my closet to hold the clothes that I have, and the extras are hung in a corner of an extra closet. If I buy something new, I grab a hanger from the extras.

    I’m completely lost as to why you would take your hangers to the laundry room, it seems like it would make things more difficult! My laundry goes from the dryer to a basket so I can carry it to the table to fold, and the hang-up items go over the back of a chair to stay unwrinkled while I fold the rest of the load. Then everything gets taken to the bedroom to be put away at once.

  39. posted by SV on

    Contrary to what most everyone else has said, I have been looking for just this item. I take my clothes to a laudromat and have a multitude of shirts that I hang when they come out of the dryer. Right now I have the hangers in a bag, but they become tangled. This item would make them so much easier to transport.

  40. posted by Lola on

    I’ve never heard of gadgets for storing extra hangers until just now. I have as many hangers as I do hanging pieces of clothing. When I take an item out of the closet, the hanger remains on the bar. Then when I hang it back up it goes in the same place.

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  42. posted by Ashley on

    That hanger storage gadget looks like a unitasker to me. I just put empty hangers of multiple sizes at the end of the closet rod and then when the laundry is clean grab them to hang clean clothes up.

  43. posted by Barbara on

    My hangers go at the end of the rod in the closet, we have extra hangers downstairs by the laundry room for things that need to hang straight from the washer or dryer. Every once in a while when too many hangers have made their way upstairs, we take a group from the end of the closet back downstairs. We have a rod in our laundry room for hangers/hanging clothes.

  44. posted by Thom on

    I live in Australia, home to the Hills Hoist (outdoor rotary clothesline), so all my clothes are air dried in the sun. And this means I do have two sets of hangers.

    The first set is for my clothes and comprises curved wooden “jacket” hangers in a small width (15″, 38cm): perfect for the woman with narrow shoulders. Now these small hangers are so difficult to get hold of that I would never hang them outside in the sun โ€“ย they’d be ruined. So I have a smaller set of about 12 quality plastic coat hangers that are strictly for drying laundry on and for holding things prior to ironing.

    The first set lives in my wardrobe, and hangers stay in the relevant spot on the rail when I’m wearing things. The other set hangs over a shelf angle bracket in my laundry. Easy.

  45. posted by Egirlrocks on

    I bought one of those hanga danga hanger storage things many years ago. What a waste of money. Empty hangers for 4-5 days’ worth of business clothes are not a space issue for me. I just hang them at the end of my closet rod. When I do the laundry I use the same hangers to put the clean clothes back where they belong. I do keep some specialty hangers stored in a plastic bin in the garage for seasonal use (heavier garments, etc.)

  46. posted by Smiruz on

    Yes! Leave your empty hangers in the closet – just put them on one end so you don’t have to go hunting through clothes to find an empty one.

    The simplest systems are the best. No need for a separate box or “special spot” – that’s too may steps! It won’t be maintained and you’ll wind up looking in several place when you are trying to find the right type of hanger.

    Besides, if you don’t keep them on the rod in the closet, and reconcile the number of hagers you have to the space you have, then one day you’ll find you have way too many.

  47. posted by Krys Slovacek on

    Like a couple other commenters, I store the empty hangers in the laundry room on a bar above my washer & dryer.

    As a further suggestion, I only have one type of hanger in my closet (technically it’s three types, but all wooden – shirt, pants, skirt). I use a pants or skirt hanger for my suits, rather than the curvy kind that take up more space.

    Using all the same type of hanger provides both visual harmony, as well as makes the clothes easier to organize.

    Dry cleaned clothes are moved from the dry cleaners hangers to my hangers, and then the cleaners’ hangers are returned to them on the next trip (they love seeing me coming!).

  48. posted by infmom on

    Yeah… me too, when something is off its hanger, for whatever reason, the hanger stays on the rod in the closet. Why create extra clutter for yourself by trying to put them somewhere else?

  49. posted by Keter on

    I too hang the empties together at the end of a rod. But I am also planning to get one of the portable hanger caddies, as it will be convenient to carry the hangers to the dryer and will help free up some rod space. If the wooden hangers I use fit on the caddy, I’ll buy a second one.

    I avoid multiple types of hangers – I learned long ago that having more than two types of hangers in a closet was a quick way to a mess. I use only plain plastic hangers for most things (I hack them for pants, see below) and wooden hangers from Ikea for heavy jackets and suits/outfits of clothes hung together on one hanger for easy retrieval. Skirts will fold and drape just like pants, no need for fussy clips. Tops with thin straps that tend to slip off can be hung with the straps crossed over the hanger hook – they don’t wrinkle and they won’t fall off.

    For pants, I cut the straight part of an ordinary plastic hanger about 2″ from one end and slip a cardboard wax tube from the pants hangers that come from the dry cleaners onto the long part, then clip the short end through the other end of the tube. I suppose you could glue it, but I’ve never had one slip apart, so I don’t bother. This makes a very durable pants hanger that matches your other hangers – this is important because it cuts down on visual clutter. I have seven hanging rods in a 6×6 closet, so anything to cut down on visual clutter is desperately needed!

  50. posted by Nikki on

    A slight refinement to the end-of-the-rod idea – we have one of those modular closet organizer systems. There’s a two-rows-high section on the right for say, shirts, and a single tall section on the left for say, dresses. The empty hangers all go on a short (ca. 10-inch high) section above the dresses.

  51. posted by Sandra on

    I, too, am having trouble imagining why you’d need to put them anywhere besides on the rod until the dirty clothes are clean again…

    However, I do have some pants/skirt hangers that tend to tangle with one another if left next to each other. I’m planning to get rid of them when I find an alternative I like, but until then, it works best to take the empties away. I can stick them into my hanging shoe holder.

  52. posted by Joyful Abode: Domesticity by Trial and Error on

    This question baffles me.

    When I take a piece of clothing off of a hanger to wear it, the hanger goes back on the closet rod (at the end, so they’re grouped together).

    When my laundry is done, I grab the hangers off the end of the rod and put my clothes back on them.

    Why would you need a separate empty-hanger storage space?

    I honestly thought this was your unitasker post for the day.

  53. posted by Sue on

    I try something different. I keep a laundry basket in the alcove outside my bedroom, and toss empty hangers into it. On laundry day, all the dirty clothes have gone down the chute to the basement, and I carry the basket down. As hangables come out of the dryer, they immediately get hung up on the rack (minimizes wrinkles), and are carried up when completely dry and cool. Only foldables go in the baskets.

  54. posted by Tammy on

    Hmmm…agreed with a majority of the comments. This is a baffling question because there’s no reason to have to do this at all.

    If no have no extra space on your clothing rod (to group temporarily-unused hangers), just leave the hanger where it was originally. I mean, the shirt will go right back in its spot after it’s washed, right?

  55. posted by Victoria on

    I swear I thought this question was part of the Wednesday spoof until I read the comments. For heavens sake, just leave the darned hangers in the closet . . . If the thought of a few stray hangers is making you uncomfortable enough to cause stress and devise a storage system, professional help’s available. I mean, l love a clean, organized house as much as the next person, but there’s a line, folks!

  56. posted by Sally on

    As a frustrated renter this is a question I face everytime we move apartments. I have, like fellow Aussie Thom, used a braket in the laundry. At present I hang any spare hangers on the end of the towel racks – our bathroom is also out laundry. I am one of those people who use coathangers to get everything dry.

    I found sorting through the coathangers very helpful. I decided on a style that was not too naughty (as coathangers are want to be), and slowly donated the surplus to op shops. Any ‘special’ coathangers, eg crocheted by grandies, are used by clothes that dont come out of the cupboard, so I dont have to deal with them. And same goes for suit hangers, and one’s my boyfriend wont let me toss.

    I love that coat hanger gadget. I’m always fighting for space on the end of the towel racks with my partner who favors these for his belts!

  57. posted by Clare K. R. Miller on

    Like at least one other person said, at my house we have a rod above the washer and dryer. It’s useful for both hanging clothes that need to hang dry or stay unwrinkled and for storing hangers that aren’t currently in use.

    I totally understand not wanting to keep empty hangers in the closet–they can get tangled together! Especially in my closet, since I mostly store skirts there, and those hangers with clips come in all different shapes and sizes. I don’t see what’s so hard to understand about hangers getting tangled that so many people can’t understand it.

  58. posted by Linda on

    I’m with Deb…hang the empty hangers by the door, grab them with the dirty laundry…hang up the clean on them so (and don’t gag here) if you iron, they’re all ready for yah!

  59. posted by CCherry on

    I need this- well, I thought I did and I bought one and it wasn’t big enough for me so I created one using PVC pipe and phlanges- I do not put most of my shirts in the dryer- In the summer they are hung outside and in the winter they are hung in the basement. This means my hangers need to be where I am hanging clothes up, either in the basement or on the back patio. This means the hangers need to get from point A to point B. Those who are organized and do laundry on a regular basis probably only have a handful of hangers at a time. Those of us who honestly forget to do laundry or avoid the basement in the winter can have weeks worth hangers stacking up.

    The goal of this blog and community is for us all to get a better handle on being organized and clutter free. Congratulations to those of you who are already there, but help, don’t condemn, those of us who are still struggling.

  60. posted by Katie on

    I keep my hangers stacked at the edge of the ironing basket. We don’t have a dryer but we have a pulley-rack which lowers up and down from the kitchen ceiling. When clothes are dry, they get folded and sorted between people and ironing, then the ironing goes into the ironing basket for later and everyone gets a stack of folded clothes for their drawers. We figure, if you don’t need to iron it, then you don’t need to hang it in the wardrobe!

  61. posted by Nat on

    I also move my empty hangers to the end of the rod. We also have a rod in the laundry room for hangers we use there. However, back to the original problem: if you must store them off the rod, why not get a free hanger recycling box from the dry cleaner. It’s more organized than a rectangular box, and it might be big enough for the specialty hangers.

  62. posted by Michele on

    I leave the empty hanger exactly where it was on the rod, because the number of empty hangers is my visual cue of when to run a load of wash.

  63. posted by Claire on

    At some point I decided to have no more hangers than clothes. When I buy something new, I take an older piece of clothing out of the closet to donate or fold for storage, and put the new piece on the hanger in its place. The only empty hangers in my closet are for clothes in the hamper.

  64. posted by Denise on

    Chalk me up as another failure of imagination, because I can’t quite understand the problem. I use a chrome laundry butler ( ), and empty hangers go there. In the days before I had that, empty hangers stayed in the closet, on the rod, and if I needed to bring them to the laundry room, I’d scoop them off the the rod and put them on top of the basket of clothes.

    The one thing I will say, though, is that I do my wash in a communal laundry room in the apartment building. And when I had a washer and dryer, it was in a single-floor apartment. My parents (whose laundry is washed in the basement and put away two floors up) may well have a different take on this. Except… No, not really. Everything goes into baskets, and gets put on hangers upstairs. That’s where the ironing board is.

    So yeah, imagination failure here.

  65. posted by Jay on

    From the original post: “I always end up making a couple trips back and forth between the laundry room and the closet to grab the specialty hangers when I need them.”

    There are two possibilities to avoiding traipsing back and forth from the laundry area to the closet to grab these hangers: 1) carry all the hangers to the laundry area with you, or 2) bring the clothes back to the closet, and put the clothes on the hangers that are already there.

    As to (1), an easy way to do this is to slip a rope into the corner of the hangers, and carry the hangers together. A rope takes up little room and is the ultimate multi-tasker.

  66. posted by Ellen on

    I did buy one of those hanger consolidation gadgets, but it didn’t work on all our shapes of plastic hanger (it’s nice that so many of your commenters are able to keep identical hangers in their closets, but whenever I acquire hangers I find they’re a slightly different size and shape from the last set!), so I abandoned it.

    Right now we use a cubby in the closet for one shape of empty hanger, plastic bins (aka a wastebasket, though never used for trash) for the others.

    I’m also a little baffled by the folks who manage to keep exactly as many hangers as they have hanging clothes. We have a fair bit of wardrobe turnover, even for the adults in our family — get “new” clothes at a tag sale or clothing swap, clear our closets of things we’re not wearing — so the numbers fluctuate quite a bit. It helps to have a place to stick extra hangers!

  67. posted by Anya on

    While many of you seem to be baffled by the question of what to do with extra hangers, for me this is an almost daily problem and I never thought that there even might exist something like a storage item for hangers.

    I am a renter and although there is enough space for a washer in my very very tiny (less than 4 square foot) bathroom, I dont own a dryer and there is also no space for hanging the laundry out to dry. there is also no public laundromat in my city, since this is uncommon in my country.
    So, if I want to dry my clothes, I have to do this either in my living room or the bedroom. I own a foldable drying rack, which stays behind the door while not in use. I never hang any t-shirts (the type of clothing that I wear most)on this rack simply because there is not enough space on laundry day. so all T-Shirts go on extra hangers an then on the sides of the rack for drying (not sure if you can imagine that, but its the way it works for me). When they are dry, I fold them and put them back into the closet. This is so small, that there is also not enough space on the rod to hang all T-Shirts (need the space for skirts, dresses etc).
    So, after laundry day, I need to store about 10-15 hangers. And the laundry basket bears the same problem as does the bag in which I store the hangers at the moment: they get caught and it looks messy.

    I hope I could clarify the problem a bit & maybe there will come a time in which I have all the space I need tho put up the hangers on a rod. Until then, I really need a solution to store extra hangers on the bottom of my closet. So as well as I understand that for most of you this seems to be an unnecessary question, for me its an interesting one.

  68. posted by susan on

    I am having a tough time trying to figure out why everyone is having a tough time trying to figure out why this is an issue for some.

    The people who posted their disbelief in this simple and very valid question…I assume they all have exactly the number of hangers that they have clothing. If one of the hangers breaks they are pretty much screwed and have to run to a store and buy another. That is not cost effective and is a time waster to have to make a spare trip to the store everytime you break a hanger.

    When I shop at some outlet stores, I ask them for extra hangers. Liz Clairborne (moving stores) once gave me two boxes of nice plastic hangers. I used them to change all the hangers in my closet to be the same, which looks great. The spares I keep on a clothing line in the third spare shower, which I use to hang dry clothing. The hang dry clothes and the extra hangers hang out there.

    For my coat closet, when I have a major party I clear out all the coats, and leave nice empty wooden hangers awaiting my guest coats. Am I going to leave 40 extra heavy wooden hangers hanging there 365 days a year? Um no…so I appreciate the few suggestions that have been placed about this topic. I like the idea of the hanger holder, and the wall mounted holder, and the rod over the dryer.

    Thanks to everyone who shared their useful tips, and boo to everyone who couldn’t think past their own lifestyles to share anything other than criticism.

  69. posted by Mel on

    This isn’t something I currently have a problem with (I’m in a small flat where the washer is just steps away from the bedroom) but I recently spotted this: which seems like a better-designed hanger holder, both in terms of practicality (it can hold most styles & shapes of hangers) and aesthetics. It’s made by a British company, but the description does reference an American version that it’s based on – and if it came to it, it looks easy enough to make your own version from heavy card.


  70. posted by Janine on

    We take hangers to the laundry room to wait for the clean clothes from the dryer. Under the shelves we have a plastic papertowel holder screwed in. It holds the hangers neat and easy until needed. Cheap and perfect. I also have a flip up clothes rack that holds the clean hanging clothes until the owners ( all my children & husband ) come and claim them. Beside that I have put 2 modular shelving units of cubbies – 6 cubbies to hold the folded clothes ready for pick up. It only holds about 2 loads so everyone must put away fairly quick or no more clean clothes.

  71. posted by ER on

    When my dirty clothing goes into the laundry hamper, so does the hanger. When I get to the laundry room, the clothes go into the washer and the hanger gets hung on a wire shelf situated just above the washer and dryer. It is there and ready for use when the clothing comes out of the dryer.

  72. posted by Leah on

    I leave empty space at the end of the bar. when I take a piece of clothing off the hanger, the empty hanger gets moved to the end of the bar. Then, I re-hang the clothes when I take them off. If I do wash something, then I can throw hangers into a laundry basket to take to the laundry room. I often hang dry clothes, so I just bring the hangers to wherever the rack is.

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