With all of the organizing happening lately (like our newly decked out basement storage), plus my influx of new maternity clothing, my closet was in need of a bit of help.

Remember a few months ago when I made the switch from our mis-matched hangers in our front hall closet to all-wood ones? And remember how much better it looked and functioned (and how happy they made me!)?!

Well, it was time to do something about the situation in my closet. They were a mish mash of  plastic/wood/wire and besides not looking great, were taking up extra space.

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A few of you mentioned in my wood hanger post that you used velvet hangers for your clothes as they are slim and hold things up really well. Well, I listened, guys! A trip to HomeSense, and I came back with half a dozen packages of these beauties. They were on sale for $9/pack of 18, which I figured was a pretty good price.

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And then I set about taking absolutely everything off the original hangers, and hanging it all back up again. This also happened to be a great opportunity to bag up some shirts that are already too small for my growing belly. Who knows when I’ll be able to fit into those again.. so they are going to go off and live at my parents house for a while (thanks mum and dad!).

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Ahhh so. much.better. The way they slide around is smooth as butter, and I have about 1/4 more clothes on here now (thanks to some seriously lovely gals who have given me garbage bags full of maternity clothes!) and you wouldn’t even know it. These hangers really do take up way less space.

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The closet is small, but it works hard. I have all of my shirts and dresses and some sweaters hung up, have some shelving and drawer units underneath for PJs, socks, belts, slippers, leggings, and bathing suits, and then everything else folded up top or in the shelves that divide the ‘his’ and ‘her’ sides of the closet.

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On the shelves up top and along the side are my bulky sweatshirts, all of my sweatpants/workout pants, shorts, lesser worn sweaters, casual/workout tee-shirts, and jeans. Oh to have a big walk-in closet. One day!

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The other fun thing about velvet hangers? The fact that they come in just about every colour. I got a mixture of deep purple, hot pink, and greys. So pretty. Oh and it’s true – clothes really doesn’t slip off them – they just sort of stick to the velvet texture.

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And hubby’s side of the closet? Well he didn’t get the velvet hanger treatment (poor guy), but I did at least make sure he had all matching white plastic hangers (his request when I asked which were his fave). DSC_0312

Have you guys done a hanger switcharoo? Got any fave types? Are you on the velvet bandwagon? Please don’t gloat and tell me you have a gorgeous walk-in closet. Or okay.. tell me about it and I can daydream and be totally green with jealousy :)

  • Stephanie

    Lovely! When I made the switch from wood to velvet, I couldn’t believe how much less space it took up! I also loved taking advantage of the project to go through EVERYTHING in my closet and do a big purge of items I no longer wear. BTW, CostCo has these hangers in a box of 50 for $14.99!

    • gemma

      Ahhh what a great price! If only I were a Costco member :) Thanks for the tip, Stephanie!

      xo,
      gem

  • Chaney

    I love velvet hangers! I have a few in my closet, but have not bitten the bullet yet to switch them all up. They sure do save space and keep things from falling off the hangers – which I love!

    And your closet looks great! Way to work with what you’ve got :).

    • gemma

      That’s totally my motto! Thanks Chaney :)

      xo,
      gem

  • Kala M.

    Ooooo, I think I need to go get some velvet hangers. I was thinking about changing over to wood but these are much slimmer. I also like the way the ends slope down. I have some items I hate to hang on my plastic hangers because they always get what I refer to as shoulder nipples – those little bumps in the shoulder of your shirts that don’t go away until you wash them again. I also have a few items that just don’t like to stay on hangers.

    • gemma

      These will totally solve those problems! I didn’t quite believe it until I started using them… they are so good! Plus, the fabulous colours don’t hurt, too :)

      xo,
      gem

  • Megan @ Monroe Makeshift

    I’m also crushin on velvet hangers! I’h switched over to all white plastic before I realized how cheap you can find velvet hangers at TJ Maxx-type places. Oh well, there’s always next year (as my husband would say). I like your colored ones, they’re fun!

    • Megan @ Monroe Makeshift

      Also, where are your shoes? Mine don’t fit in my closet and I can’t find anywhere else for them to go, but it seems like you may have?

      • gemma

        I have my everyday shoes near our front door – boots and runners in a shoes shelving unit, and then all of my flip flops and flats in a bucket. I find they take up way less floor space in a big bucket — I used a tarnished gold one I found at the thrift shop, so it actually looks kinda cute. My formal or lesser-worn shoes are in the new armoire down in our basement storage area.

        Hope that helps!

        xo,
        gem

        • Megan @ Monroe Makeshift

          It does help! I have all of my shoes in baskets but they just always look so messy. My door opens right into my living room to there’s no space there to keep them, but maybe the office next door… Ya got me thinkin! Thanks :)

  • Amanda – Small Home Big Start

    I switched over to all wooden hangers a few years ago, and I LOVE opening the closet to see it all matching. I waited until they were on sale, which made a huge difference when you’re buying a whole closet worth of hangers.

    Never heard about velvet hangers before, but they sound awesome. Definitely solves the problem of clothes falling off hangings, into a wrinkly mess on the closet floor. And they look so sleek!

  • Jessica @ A Simple Kind of Life

    I did this about a year ago and it has made a HUGE difference in our tiny closet. We technically have a walk in, but it’s still smaller than a powder room (and some people’s showers). Good choice!

    Jessica
    jessicademaio.blogspot.com

    • gemma

      Yeah – SUCH a difference, right?! Glad to know I’m not the only one with a teeny tiny closet :)

      xo,
      gem

  • Samantha @ Designer in Teal

    You might have just convinced me to switch! It looks so neat and organized. We have his and her sides too and it’s not that much space (especially for winter clothes) Hopefully they have teal ones :)

    XO Samantha

    • gemma

      Do it!! :) They definitely had teal ones at HomeSense when I was there (but I’m sure you can find them in various stores). Have fun!

      xo,
      gem

  • Sarah

    We have wooden hangers (from Ikea) in our open entryway for coats and jackets too. But when I tried using them for clothes most of my shirts fell right off because they didn’t have any cut outs along the top to hold the shirt on. I use velvet hangers too and I LOVE them! At first I bought them just for sweaters but I’ve been buying them 1 pack at a time at Target and slowly transitioning my closet.

    • gemma

      I can totally relate!! :)

      xo,
      gem