40 Hanger Closet Makeover

Organize Your Closet with 4 Steps & 40 hangers

40 Hanger ClosetHow to do the 40 Hanger Closet

Have you heard of the 40 Hanger Closet? Forty hangers is not a lot. When I counted all the items I had in my closet, it was over 80. And I promise you, I do not have a big closet. My stuff was so jam packed there was no wiggle room to even move one hanger. And I sure wasn’t wearing the vast majority of what was in there. The worst part was I’d actually forgotten about some of my clothes that had gotten lost in my closet. It was time for a major closet organization.

The goal of the 40 Hanger Closet Makeover is to make your closet your very own boutique. Everything you have in your closet you’ll love, you’ll be able to find, and you’ll be able to see what matches with what. Basically it’s a way to turn the closet you already have into the closet you dream about without buying a single piece of clothing.

That’s a lot to ask from 40 hangers. If you’re up for the challenge, here’s how to do it.

The 4 Steps to Create a 40 Hanger Closet

1. Get all matching hangers. I bought forty of the velvet-covered “huggable hangers.” They are available online and just to warn you, forty can cost about $40 (but check discount stores like Ross or Marshalls as they occasionally have some cheaper). This is a lot for hangers, I know, which will make you grateful that this is called the 40 Hanger Closet and not the 100 Hanger Closet. These hangers are worth the extra money because they look amazing, keep your clothes firmly on the hanger, and aren’t as bulky as the plastic kind. Of course, you can always use matching hangers of a different type, the velvet kind are just what worked best for me. Matching hangers might not seem important, but the appeal it gives your clothes will make you feel like you’re shopping in a boutique which is exactly what you’re going for here! Here are a few kinds I like.

2. The next step is to purge your wardrobe down to only 40 hangers. This is an ongoing process for me, as I have a lot of dresses and jackets that I keep hanging up no matter what the season in order to keep them wrinkle-free. I exceed the 40 hanger limit for one type of hanger–an accessories hanger to keep scarves and belts organized!.
You can find something like this for $7 at Nordstrom Rack

3. Stick to it! The important part is not to cheat and sneak in more hangers, or add even one mismatched hanger. If you don’t have enough hangers, ask yourself if there’s something hanging up that you aren’t currently using. Find a spot for it somewhere else or consider letting it go. For more ideas on how to give away or re-purpose your old stuff, I have posts about that too.

4. Enjoy your new boutique of a 40 hanger closet!

If you have tips about closet organization I’d love to hear them. What works for you?

For more information on the 40 hanger closet, visit Ruth at Living Well & Spending Less.

 

5 Comments on 40 Hanger Closet Makeover

  1. jane
    April 3, 2014 at 9:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Lovely! And I see on sale for $24.00 at Target through Saturday, April 5th, is a 40 pack of the huggable hangers – “20 suit and 20 shirt”. 20 like the ones in your photo and 20 without the bottom bar.

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  2. Valentine
    October 12, 2015 at 5:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Costco always has the black velvet hangers priced at $10 for 35 hangers. About twice a year they go on sale for $7.99. I’ve had them for several years and love them! My husband has even claimed a few for his side of the closet 🙂

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    • admin
      October 13, 2015 at 10:41 am (2 years ago)

      Great tip, that’s the lowest price I’ve heard of. Thanks!

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  3. Mechele
    April 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm (1 month ago)

    I recently just went on a purge. We are planning on buying a house and leaving apartment living. I decided to purge everything I was not willing to move. I started with the bedroom going through drawers and cubbies.
    THEN took on the closet. I fell in love with the 40 hanger challenge. (Although I did argue that 5 of the hangers were dedicated to my work uniform, Those five a deem an exception. The top and pants are combined to one hanger.
    It would leave me with 35 other hangers for vacations and days off.

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    • Abbie
      April 20, 2017 at 11:38 am (1 month ago)

      I have a couple exceptions too! I have an extra velvet hanger for scarves and a few that clip onto skirts.

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