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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What Can You Do With All Those Hangers?

By Diane Hoffmaster


ribbon hangerLast month my husband decided our spare bedroom should become his new “man cave.” He convinced me that instead of storing our spare furniture and boxes in the space, it would be  “better” if he set up a couch, stereo and his guitar amplifier.

His first order of business was to clear out the closet, which, of course, is where I store our family’s extra hangers. We were both shocked by the number of hangers we have managed to collect over the years! Here are a few tips I found helpful while trying to figure out what to do with all our hangers!

1. Be neighborly: Even though my children are almost teenagers, I still had dozens of baby sized hangers! Give your baby hangers to neighbors with small children or consider offering them on “Freecycle.” One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

2. Return to the drycleaner: We don’t get many things dry cleaned, but when we do, we inevitably come home with more hangers than we need. See if your dry cleaner will take back the hangers on your next trip.

3. Store ribbon: If you’re like me, you have tons of ribbon for gift wrapping and not a place to store them! Un-twist the bottom of a hanger and feed spools of ribbon onto one end of the wire. Re-twist to close and hang in a closet or on a doorknob for easy access.

4. Donate or recycle: Drop your hangers off at a donation center or recycling facility near you! Be conscious of the fact that not all facilities accept hangers. Call the organizations nearest you for more information on their policies.  

5. Get creative: There are many creative ways to reuse your old hangers in craft projects. Help your child make a mobile solar system or festive wreath using candies and ribbon. For more inspiration, do a quick internet search for wire hanger crafts!

6. Handy hanger helper: There are all sorts of projects around the house where a hanger can come in handy! For example, use a straightened hanger to snake a clogged drain, hang a bird feeder in the yard, mark rows in your garden or even secure a rag to the end and use as a mop for those hard-to-reach places.

What suggestions do you have on how to reuse old hangers?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, diane wrote

I have been trying really hard to just get stores to KEEP their hangers when I buy new items and find creative uses for some of them but boy do I still seem to have a lot of hangers!

On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, Daisy in Texas wrote

I hadn't thought of returning hangers to the dry cleaner! That's now on my to-do list.

On Monday, February 4, 2013, Closer to Lucy wrote

Oh I do love me some freecyle! I so love to put a big piece of furniture or big something that I don't use anymore...freecycle peeps will haul it off with a smile. I don't really have any recycle methods for hangers because I only use the plastic tubular ones and try very hard to keep my husband from bringing the others into the house, though I may snag the ribbon idea. I do ask the store clerks to keep hangers when I'm out shopping, unless I'm planning a yard sale, then I do hang clothes on them...if someone buys something, the hanger is part of the purchase :o)


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