cheat your way to a neat closet: matching hangers

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It’s not hard to get your closet looking fabulous. First, group like things together; tops, pants, skirts and so on, and put in color order from light to dark. If you have a colorful wardrobe, rainbow order looks best. Some people subdivide by type; all camisoles together, then all t-shirts, button-downs. Separating your business and casual clothes is a good idea if you have enough in either category.

Having matching hangers not only helps your closet look neater but it makes it easier for you to see what you have. When looking for hangers, remember you can have different hangers for different types of clothing. I have a client who uses wood hangers for her jackets, padded canvas hangers for delicate tops, tubular metal (with and without notches) for the other tops and wood hangers with clips for skirts and pants. Since her closet is sorted by type of clothing, it looks and functions great. Here are some of my affordable favorites, in no particular order (click on bold text for link):
>Heavy Duty Plastic Hangers are always a safe bet.
>Padded Canvas Hangers* are fantastic if you have the room! I prefer the canvas over satin because the canvas holds the item in place, even thin spaghetti straps which the satin ones don’t do. I purchased mine years ago at Kmart as part of the Martha Stewart line but can’t seem to find them online. They are sold elsewhere and seem to be less expensive at and the most expensive at the container store at $3 each.
>Metal Tubular Hangers* are my personal favorite and suggest getting a mix of notched and non-notched if you have thin strapped tops and dresses. I purchased mine from as I feel their quality is better than a lot of the metal hangers found else where and are most expensive at the container store at $5 each.
>Add-On Wood Pant and Skirt Hangers* are sold in Bed Bath & Beyond stores, but aren’t on their website. Note of caution: avoid turning the hanger hook or the suspended hook as they will eventually come off and have to be glued back in.
>Huggable Hangers can be found almost anywhere these days. I would suggest getting the suit hangers (the ones with the bottom bar) or the shirt hangers and use different type of skirt hangers. The clips they sell with them aren’t great. Container Store sells black, ivory and platinum.
More colors at Bed Bath & Beyond and way more at HSN.
* ones I use in my closet

cheat your way to a neat closet: hooks

One thing that’s a no-brainer for any closet, no matter what the size, is installing hooks. Trust me, you’ll find a use for them… Here are some of my favorites:

Over the Door
(measure thickness of door before buying)
Valet Hooks (they come in more sizes, just click around on website)

Wall Hooks

or go to your local hardware store….

cheat your way to a neat closet: bins and boxes

Open bins and boxes can be used for anything and everything in the closet. If you don’t have drawers, they are perfect for socks, underwear, bras, undershirts, pajamas, etc (as long as you keep the category per box down to 2 or less). Open bins on shelves are great for keeping t-shirts, tank tops, and even jeans together without having to worry about keeping piles neat. They’re prefect in multiples to keep your closet from looking cluttered while helping to store many different things. The bins in my closet hold off season shoes, extra hangers, extra blankets and my humidify/fan. Here’s some of my favorites (click on bold text):

cheat your way to a neat closet: final touches


Installing a mirror and light to your closet not only makes it more functional but look super chic as well. You can get a full length mirror almost anywhere for about $20. My brother just purchased several from Ikea and I was really impressed with the minimal mounting hardware it came with. Don’t forget to install a hook above it. 

As for lighting, if you own your place it may be worth having a licensed electrician install one. If you rent, hang one yourself. I prefer plug in lights but if that’s not an option for you, use LED battery operated ones so you don’t have to change the batteries so often. In the closet above I used acord kit with a small paper lantern. By placing a small hook on the ceiling then one in the corner (closest to the door) I guided the cord under the door to the nearest outlet.

Adding a thin carpet to the floor of your closet adds the final touch (see pic in shoe storage post). It also helps keep the dust bunnies at bay.