Clothes Closet Organizing: No Slip Hangers

by Diane Henkler on 04/09/2012

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a nice holiday weekend. It was just beautiful here in Pennsylvania – almost summer like. I even got a sunburn yesterday as we sat outside for most of the day – too nice to stay inside.

I began the ritual of Spring cleaning on Friday. I figured I better get started before I have to call it Summer cleaning.  I started with my clothes closet. I tossed a lot and have a big bag to take to the thrift store of all the clothes that I no longer want.

The clothes I am keeping, I placed on white plastic hangers. I like using them because they keep everything hanging in the closet looking uniform. What I don’t like about them is the fact that some of my tops or dresses slide right off the ends.   I thought about adding rubber bands to the hangers, but that was way too hard. I rummaged through my stash of crafty supplies and began playing with a few colorful pipe cleaners. They worked perfectly to make no slip hangers, plus they look colorful and pretty hanging in my closet.

Closet Organizing ideas


No slip hanger tip


Supplies Needed:

Clothes Hanger

4 Pipe Cleaners – I bought mine at the craft store for 1.00 a pack

How to pad clothes hangers


1.  To start wrapping the pipe cleaner on the hanger –  bend and fold the tip over on one pipe cleaner about 1-inch.  Place on top of the end of one shoulder section of the hanger.

Organizing tips and tricks for closets


2.  Begin to wrap the pipe cleaner over the bent section and hanger to secure.

Clothes closet hanger TRick


3. Continue to wrap until you come to the end of the first pipe cleaner.  Leave a small section straight as shown in the photo.

Closet organizing ideas


4. Add the second pipe cleaner in the same way you did the first – following step 1 – 3.  You want to wrap over the end section of the first pipe cleaner along with the section you bend to start the second.  When you get to the end of the second pipe cleaner- I thought I may need a dot of hot glue – but I didn’t need it.  All I did was press the end around the hanger. It will mold to the curve of the hanger.

Decorative Hangers


You can cover the entire hanger this way. I only wanted to add some no-slip padding to each side of the hanger and 2 on each side worked perfectly for this.

Clothes organizing ideas

Repeat on the other side of the hanger.  It works on any type hanger – wire or plastic.

Clothes closet organizing Pipe-cleaner-hangers





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1 Julie April 9, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I love your ideas! This one is perfect and I’ll be digging out my pipe cleaners tomorrow!


2 Diane April 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Thanks Julie- I remember making crafts with them when I was in elementary school. They are a timeless classic with so many uses.


3 Rachelle April 10, 2012 at 12:21 am

Great idea! Super easy too :)


4 Laura @Ms Smartie Pants April 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

I need to clean my out so badly! This is a really creative idea I may just have to give it a try. Did you see the show Shelly from House of Smiths was on the other day with Sabrina on HGTV? It had some great ideas for organization.


5 Diane April 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Hi Laura – My closet was in dire need of a cleaning. It felt good to get it done. I did see the HGTV show – I love Sabrina – she is the best and the homes she went to did have some great ideas. I would love to see more shows like that on HGTV instead of all the real estate shows. I would watch HGTV more!


6 Hanger Man April 10, 2012 at 5:00 am

Great idea!


7 Susan Parziale April 10, 2012 at 6:07 am

Although I am a huge fan of the felt slim hangers, many of my clients do not want to replace all of their plastic hangers and convert over to felt hangers. This is a great alternative and so inexpensive! Thank you Diane.


8 Diane April 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Hi Susan – Another nice thing about this trick is that the hangers that don’t need the no-slip option will still look the same along the rod – nice and uniform. Neat and organized, instead of a mis-match of different styles of hangers that can get jumbled up.


9 Vicky April 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Amen, except I am not a client! I am a broke homeowner!! I agrre with Diane’s post below yours, too…it would coordinate with what I already use for other garments…FANTASTIC idea. I shared it on G+ and Pinned it!

Vicky @ sleeping in an unmade bed


10 Lynne April 10, 2012 at 6:28 am

Once again . . . great “easy peasy “idea!


11 Diane April 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm

XO Lynne


12 Kari April 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

Great idea!! Pipe cleaners are always in my cleaning stash for tiny spaces like the water dispenser in the fridge door. Now they have another use too.
Rubber bands don’t work over the long haul because they dry out and break. You have made me look at pipe cleaners in a different way! I wonder how else they can be used????
Thanks for the tip!


13 Diane April 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Hi Kari – Thanks. I thinks pipe cleaners are one of those classic objects that has over hundreds of uses beyond cleaning out a pipe. I never used them to clean my water dispenser in my fridge, but I will be trying that out this afternoon. Thanks for that tip. :)


14 Ronnie Gunn Tucker April 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

Clever idea and looks fun to do. Thanks for creating what is now one of my favorite blogs.


15 Diane April 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

Hi Ronnie – Thanks so much for leaving me such a nice comment. Reading it made me smile! XO.


16 Sheryll & Critters. April 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

I love this idea. And I am going to do it as soon as I get some pipe cleaners. Dollar Tree does not carry them and I am not close to a craft store…. so now wondering if Wal-Mart has them. I am doing this…… but the spring cleaning….. uhhhh, it is a year long battle for me with my fur kids.

How is Trax doing today? I hope much better. Mine took months to play again after his urinary blockage. But Trax only had an infection (thank God).


17 Diane April 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

Hi Sheryll – I am sure Walmart has pipe cleaners in the craft aisle. Maybe not as many colors as the craft store carries, but they will probably have a few.
Trax is doing a bit better. He did have a blockage. He seems OK, but is still not quite himself. My daughter has taken him back to the vet to get some additional meds. He is sunning himself in a window right now.


18 Amy April 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

Much more visually appealing than rubber bands. Brilliant and beautiful to look at :)

amy @


19 Diane April 10, 2012 at 11:46 am

Thanks Amy- and there are so many colors of pipe cleaners to make everyone happy.


20 Natasha April 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Thanks so much for this tip! pinned it so i don’t forget!! so pretty!! xxx


21 Erica April 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

What a great idea and so simple to do!


22 Mary April 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Hi Diane! What a fantastic idea! Hubbs hates those thin “no-slip” hangers and prefers the plastic ones. Thanks for a perfect solution for our ongoing hanger debate! Definitely pinning this! ~Mary (newly following via email, pinterest and G+ too)


23 Debra April 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

You have the best ideas!! It seems certain clothing is always slipping off that dang hanger. Need to get me some pipe cleaners now!! No excuses!!


24 Bettsi April 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Genius again! How do you come up with these great ideas? Gotta pin it!


25 Diane April 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Thanks Bettsi and XO for the pin.


26 Dee [Diane] April 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

How funny and how nice to meet someone as ‘kooky’ as I am. That was meant in the nicest way. We have a lot in common. I barely made it through math but did just fine in the realworld. Love GOOD ideas like yours.


27 laurie April 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm

What a nifty idea, Diane!! Thanks for sharing your creativity!! :)

xoxo laurie


28 Diane April 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Thanks Laurie XO


29 Rose April 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm

What a GOOD idea! I’ve done the rubber bands but in no time they are dry rotted and they break and then all your times wasted. These will be there for awhile! I have some pipe cleaners to so I will HAVE to do this because I’m like you, I HATE my blouses falling off the hanger constantly!


30 Diane April 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Hi Rose – I, too had one too many shirts on the floor in a rumpled mess and needed an easy way to get them to stay in place without having to buy new hangers.


31 Laurel April 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm

What a great idea and I’ve got pipe cleaners in my sewing/craft room :) I will be pinning it if that’s okay??


32 Diane April 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Hi Laurel – Thanks 2x – for the nice comment and the pin. XO


33 Dar April 11, 2012 at 8:41 am

How clever you are! Great idea~


34 Patricia Gray April 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

This is so cool, and it keeps dozens of plastic hangers out of the landfills.
If you are redoing a closet, MAWA Super Grippy Hangers from Germany work like nothing else I’ve ever seen, including the felt ones. (Full disclosure, a friend of mine sells this line.) If you search “Super Grippy Hangers” you can learn more.


35 Diane April 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Hi Patricia – thanks for the tip.


36 Susan @ Oh My! Creative April 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm

What a clever idea! I just became a fan and I bookmarked your photography post to read another day. I am currently taking a class and learning how to use my camera to take better photos…it’s so much fun when they turn out to be beautiful! Love your blog!



37 Diane April 12, 2012 at 9:08 am

Thanks Susan – I am enjoying learning everything I can about my camera and photography. Every day I try to play with it so it becomes intuitive. Right now I still struggle with setting everything up and then realize – I forgot to change an important setting :) I keep telling myself – practice makes perfect.


38 Lynda April 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Another wonderful idea!


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Hi Diane,
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40 Rachel April 15, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Wow! This is the best idea! Just the other day I was fighting to get a couple tops to stay on their hangers. So going to try this.


41 Amber Peters April 16, 2012 at 9:39 am

This is brilliant! Thanks for the great idea!


42 Oopsey Daisy April 17, 2012 at 3:19 am

Diane, this is an incredible idea! I can’t believe I’ve never thought to solve the problem of my clothes falling off my hangers!! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!


43 Mrs. Handyverger April 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing this. :) Popping over from Centsational Girl. :)


44 Lyuba April 19, 2012 at 8:25 am

That is a wonderful idea!!!! Love it! Thank you so much for sharing!!


45 Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers April 19, 2012 at 8:56 pm

This is a sincerely brilliant idea! Easy too! Thank you so much for sharing your genius!


46 Anna Jane Lipton April 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

I want to do this!


47 breanna April 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm

smart, and so resourceful!

I’ve linked to you here:


48 debi April 24, 2012 at 8:55 am

what a great idea! i just spent some money on those no slip hangers, but needed more! i will do this to my plastic hangers that i already have! thanks for sharing your ideas! love them!


49 Meari April 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Awesome idea. I think I may have some pipe cleaners in the kids’ crafts box.


50 Love and Lollipops April 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm

How clever!! I have always struggled with this little problem in my cupboard!

Georgia :)


51 Pearlie April 25, 2012 at 12:36 am

Thanks for the lovely idea! I just happen to have leftover pipe cleaners from one of my daughter’s projects, which will be perfect for this!


52 Annabella Merlin April 25, 2012 at 8:18 am

Great idea! Plus those pipe cleaners looks colorful and adorable!

Annabella Merlin
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53 My Home Life Mag April 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I have seen this done with strips of hot glue, but wow the colors on the pipe cleaners is just incomparable! For those of us stuck in an organizational frenzy you could even color code them for seasonality! Additionally, use of these on cheap wire hangers would remove awful hanger dents from shirt shoulders.


54 Rachel April 28, 2012 at 12:26 am

this trick solved the problem i’ve been having with shirts slipping off hangers. thank you so much!


55 Kathryn May 27, 2012 at 11:55 am

Great idea! I am going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing this with us:)


56 Carla May 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm

What a nifty idea! Thanks for sharing.
I did pin this so I would remember what to do and I put your link in the description.


57 Traci June 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Fabulous Idea!


58 Elsbeth June 24, 2012 at 6:35 am

Smart idea, thank you for the tip!


59 Mary July 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Great idea, I’ll have to try it. :O)


60 RobyGiup September 20, 2012 at 7:44 am

Brilliant!!! I’ll make several of those no-slip hangers for my new home!
Thanks for sharing :)


61 Ellie September 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Awesome idea and they really work. Here’s how mine turned out:


62 Navi November 4, 2013 at 4:43 pm

This is genius! Time to go pick up some pipe cleaners.


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66 David March 27, 2014 at 7:18 am

I am a male with loads of jumpers, that I store on wide-shouldered plastic hangers. Trouble is, they slip down the hanger, and I end up with bumps at the collar bone when I put them on. I had been thinking of cutting up an inner tube from a bike and gluing a strip to the ends of the hangers (I know, I know .. A man’s solution), but will give the pipe cleaner route a go.

Simple is efficient, so thanks for triggering this route.


67 Renee April 5, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Great idea and dead easy. I will tackle my hanger issue with pleasure THANKS :)


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