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Clothes Closet Organizing: No Slip Hangers

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 and made no slip hangers. 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 and would not look very nice. 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 hangers
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.

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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.

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Repeat on the other side of the hanger.

Clothes closet organizing Pipe-cleaner-hangers

It works on any type hanger – wire or plastic. Easy no slip hangers to coordinate with your clothes or closet decor.

No slip hangers made with pipe cleaners

I like to use colorful pipe cleaners or chenille stems as they are called when you buy them at the craft store.  You can get a big box of them—-> here.  

*While you are organizing your closet, consider the lighting. It is amazing what some proper wattage can do!

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77 Comments

  1. My room looks awful mostly because of my closet. Just before I got “locked in” I had pulled a bunch of stuff OUT of my closet and bought some pretty boxes at Tuesday Morning which are still sitting in bags in the basement . (I so hope that store is still there when this is over! ) And I would never have thought that cheap pipe cleaners would be would be such an inspiration.
    Four of my grandchildren on just the other side of town – ages 17 down to seven, and the youngest, especially, would be all over this project.
    Thanks!!

  2. This post is amazing. This post describe how to proper utilize the cloth hanger. It is useful post. Thank you for sharing the post.

    1. Hi Gloria – I would simply wrap the pipe cleaner around the lower section on each side of the hanger and then wind the two ends together to secure the pipe cleaner. You could also add a little hot glue to the top end of the each side of the hanger and then wind the pipe cleaner right over the hot glue. Once dry it will help keep the pipe cleaners in place on the clear plastic style of hanger.

  3. will do this as soon as I get home tonight.
    what a great idea. I always see lots of cloths in the floor.

  4. Fantastic idea! Have you had any problems with the end of the pipe cleaner at the “finishing” end poking out and causing snags on clothing?

  5. What a clever, simple idea! Like you and others, I’ve had this frustration, and will try it!!
    Loved this quote from another blog, (Amy Fine Collins)
    Opening up your closet
    should be like arriving at a really good party
    where everyone you see is someone you like.

    “Maybe before trying these organizing hacks, we’ll start by getting rid of items we don’t love?” I’m in the process of doing just that, and pulled out a couple of bags from my closet and drawers this last week, ash, breathing room! And more smiles!

    1. That was a really clever a idea. Would save you money on having to buy hangers that would not slip when you put tops on them. Looked really easy. Thanks for sharing your great idea.

  6. Wow I have been struggling with this problem for some time – saw this idea on Pinterest, I am off to purchase some pipe cleaner.
    Thank you for the tip!!
    Judy

  7. This is one of the reasons why closet organization systems have become so popular in recent years.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. Hi Diane,
    Just to let you know – your wonderful project was featured on homework. Come on over and a grab a button. As always, thank you so much for linking up your project. Have a wonderful weekend!

  17. 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!

    Susan

    1. 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.

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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!

    1. 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.

  21. 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.
    D*

  22. 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!!

  23. 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)

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

    amy @ whilewearingheels.blogspot.com

  25. 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).

    1. 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.

  26. 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!

    1. 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. :)

  27. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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!

      ~joy!
      Vicky @ sleeping in an unmade bed

  28. 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.

    1. 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!

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