For my bookclub the other month, we read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. If you haven’t read it already, it’s about how she dedicates a year to her ‘happiness project’ and tackles a different element of her happiness every month (ie. marriage, parenting, religion, etc). One of the first months is all about her home – organizing, conquering the clutter, reducing the chaos, etc. I totally clicked with a lot of the things she mentions during this chapter of the book (including the 1-minute rule: spend 1 minute tidying up a room before you leave it or go to bed – it makes SUCH a difference). Anyway, one tip that she tried was using wooden hangers. And apparently it was pretty great.

So I looked at my front hall closet, and realized how mismatched and grungy our hangers looked. This ‘closet’ doesn’t have a door, so it’s in plain sight at all times, making it the prime candidate for a wood hanger makeover. Plus those black plastic ones kept bending out of shape with our heavy winter coats.

The next time I was at a big grocery store (Loblaws), I picked up two boxes of these dark wood hangers. They are definitely more expensive than the plastic variety, but these ones were pretty reasonable (can’t remember the exact price… but I didn’t gasp at it.. which means something for a cheapo like me).

I happily took all of the coats off the rack, pulled my new hangers out, and re-hung everything.

I didn’t expect to think it was that big of a deal…. but guys, it was amazing. Seriously. Everything fits in there better, the hangers slide nicely, they are better for our coats, and it just looks nicer.

Did you notice the slight downward bend in the middle of our rack? Hopefully that guy stays strong for as long as possible. I think it moves down a centimetre every year. Haha.

Next to my beauty hangers, those baskets are now sticking out like a sore thumb. I think I need to get larger baskets for the whole shelf (those mix ‘n match ones were just from our collection when we first moved in). Oh well – I’m going to go back to lovin’ on my hangers.

What about you guys? Are you wooden hanger converts? Been using them for ages? Have you read ‘The Happiness Project’? If you have, any favourite chapters or tips that you got from the book? Or think I was going somewhere rather risqué with my blog post title today? Haha.

PS. I promise to get my new chair pics up by the end of the week. I haven’t been able to snap any photos of them yet (home too late!). 

  • Kristen S

    I converted to wooden hangers in our master and looooove it! All wood, all the way!

  • Stephanie

    I’ve been using wooden hangers for years and love, love, love them! However, I just switched them out of our master closet for those ultra thin black flocked hangers and love those too! They are perfect for our clothes – nothing slips off, they take up much less space than wooden hangers and I love them. But i will always use wooden hangers in our hall closets for coats. The thin flocked hangers can’t handle the weight of anything like winter coat.

    • gemma

      Oooh nice! I’ll have to check out those thin flocked ones, Stephanie. The wood ones would definitely eat up too much space in our bedroom closet. Thanks for the tip!

      xo,
      gem

      • Stephanie

        CostCo had a big box of them (50) for a really good price – sorry I can’t recall off the top of my head. I have the ones with an extra little bar across the top and a hook, so you can hang a belt to go with an outfit on it.

        • gemma

          Amazing! Probably a better price than what I found at Loblaw’s. Thanks for the tip!

          xo,
          gem

  • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse

    I cannot stand mismatched hangers – I am way to Type A for that, lol. I have a set of matching ones on the bedroom (a really slim, kind of flocked material that isn’t bulky – more clothes! – and keeps silky things from sliding off). And then we also have wooden ones of the closet. I have had to add a few that aren’t IDENTICAL because we needed more but they are close. And man, does that make my day to see order in the morning!! Yours look great – buy a few extra!

    • gemma

      I will for sure!! Glad I’m not the only one who gets so much out of matching, high quality hangers!! I’m officially on the Type A bandwagon :)

      xo,
      gem

  • Britt @ My Daily Randomness

    Oh my goodness, I need to introduce you to my closet… so many mismatched hangers in there!! Some are metal, some are plastic, some are from the actual store I bought the garment at… it’s slightly ridiculous, not to mention “J” hates it as well!

    • gemma

      Don’t worry Britt… sounds familiar!! I have yet to tackle our bedroom closet :)

      xo,
      gem

  • Katrina

    the baskets look ok to me, maybe just a touch over-filled? i don’t think they need replacing at all though!

    • gemma

      Definitely over-filled!! We have too many gloves/hats/scarves/scbiking gear/etc shoved in there. I think I need to switch them up for taller baskets that would hide more of that stuff, and use these ones in a different closet. We’ll see!! :)

      xo,
      gem

  • Laurie

    I didn’t go wood, but I picked up a box of the black velvet-covered hangers (40 for under $20 at Costco) for my closet and I *love* it. It makes such a difference on how things hang and I love that it all matches. I used to have a mishmash of hangers from OldNavy and different coloured plastic ones and it looked so messy…

    I haven’t ready the Happiness Project yet, but with the new year coming, starting fresh for the year with a plan sounds like fun… I might have to pick that up!

    • gemma

      Yeah I think I’ll go with a similar type of hanger for my bedroom closet – seems that a lot of you are recommending those ones! And do read the Happiness Project – it’s light, fun, and an easy read. Enjoy :)

      xo,
      gem

  • Sarah @ Crafty Waffles

    We had the same saggy rail issue at our house, nothing a quick trip to Rona/Home Depot couldn’t fix – they sell brackets just for supporting the center of a clothes rail and clost shelf, a great <$10 investment

    • gemma

      Amazing! Thanks for the tip, Sarah!!

      xo,
      gem