A Tidy Clothes Closet: How To Keep Jeans Neatly On The Hanger

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Jeans will just slide around on a regular clothes hanger, bunch on the end and cause the hangers to tangle. That sure makes for a mess in the closet. But come see how I use a child-sized hanger to keep my closet nice & tidy! 

Jeans will just slide around on a regular clothes hanger. Come see how I use a child-sized hanger to keep my closet nice & tidy! #TexasHomesteader

Keeping A Tidy Closet

Recently while I was hanging up clothes off the line, I pulled out our empty hangers from the closet. Now I don’t use metal hangers anymore & I haven’t even had them in the house for some 20 years or more.

Back in the day I replaced all those flimsy wire hangers with plastic hangers, typically cheap from thrift stores. I liked how they don’t tangle up nearly as badly in my closet.

I even bought the kid-sized hangers for my children’s childhood-sized clothes too. When I no longer needed those hangers for kid-sized clothes I looked at the hangers & thought Hummmmm…

How Do You Keep Pants On A Hanger?

You see, I often wear denim jeans. I daresay that’s almost all I wear! That soft, rugged denim’s just my comfort zone.

So I have many different pair of jeans in my closet. You know, heavier jeans for working, cuter lighter-weight girlie-styled jeans for running errands, etc.

I hang them all in my closet but at the slightest bump the weight on the hanger would shift and the jeans would bunch up on one end of the hanger, causing the other end of the hanger to shift up & in my way.

This caused my closet to constantly be a tangle of navigational nightmare.

Jeans will just slide around on a regular clothes hanger. Come see how I use a child-sized hanger to keep my closet nice & tidy! #TexasHomesteader

Easy Solution To Hanging Jeans Neatly In A Closet

Then the light-bulb moment hit as I was wondering what to do with all those kid-sized hangers.

I slipped a clean pair of jeans on the smaller hangers. Eureka!

They’re narrower so they keep the jeans properly centered on the hanger – no more shifting in the closet!

Jeans will just slide around on a regular clothes hanger. Come see how I use a child-sized hanger to keep my closet nice & tidy! #TexasHomesteader

Now my closet stays neater. My jeans stay nicely arranged. And finding the right pair of jeans to wear became so much easieri!

Using Smaller Child-Sized Hangers To Hang Pants

I’ve been using these smaller hangers exclusively for hanging my jeans for some 20 years now.

But just in case you’ve not yet had that same ah-ha moment I did, I thought I’d share the idea with you too.

I hated how jeans would shift & bunch on a standard-sized clothes hanger. I started using the child-sized hangers for my jeans. Now my closet stays neat & tidy! #TexasHomesteader

So if you still have some of those kid-sized hangers or if you find them cheap at a yard sale, put ’em to use in your own closet!

Use whatcha got, y’all!


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10 thoughts on “A Tidy Clothes Closet: How To Keep Jeans Neatly On The Hanger

  1. ColleenB.

    Oh, how very clever using the child’s plastic hangers. Writing child hangers on my list :} Thank U
    I would always use a clothespin or potato chip clips and clip on each end of the hanger to keep the pants/ jeans from sliding to one side or the other but that didn’t always work so well.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Give it a try Colleen. You can often find these small-sized hangers at a garage sale where someone else is just trying to get rid of them when their child outgrows that hanger size. Their loss can be your (very cheap) gain! ~TxH~

  2. Nancy

    Are the ones that have the two bottom pieces wooden? If so I have a couple of those.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I have hangers that clamp together at the bottom to hold skirts & pants – both the kind with two wooden bottom pieces as well as two plastic bottom pieces. Almost all of my pants are jeans though so I only need a couple of those anyway for lighter-weight fabrics… ~TxH~

  3. candace

    Hangers, I switched to those plastic ones years and years ago but saved lots of the wire ones, they are so hand for a number of things, not the least of which is digging around in the utility room sink drain to fish out mats of dog hair and fir needles and other detritus, and of course – my favorite topic – wreath projects for the students. Many good learning moments for challenged folks around Christmas projects. I don’t bother to hang jeans, my work jeans are just the ratty ones that have been worn, washed, rolled up on shelves and my nice ones are just the same only a darker black than the ratty ones. I love reading what all of you ladies are doing. PS, Tammy, is the barn w/ pond and one drinking animal a photo of your property? I love that barn. Ours will be lovely but that photo is a classic and still looks loved.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I needed a wire hanger the other day for something Candace & had to hunt one down. I bent it back into a hanger shape & replaced it knowing there would be another time down the road when I’d need a wire hanger. LOL! And yes, that’s our 1880’s barn and cows in our header photo. Wanna know a secret? When we started looking for land to buy, that barn is the reason we chose this little piece of paradise. I love old barns. But you should search the “BARN” tag on this blog for some photos of how that barn looked when we bought the property. Pretty sad and falling down. I even give a tour right here on this blog of various parts of this glorious old barn. If you love old barns (and I know you do!) – you really need to check out the BARN tag! ~TxH~

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      LOL Evelyn. Ya know, I was hanging up our laundry and thought although some may already use those small hangers for jeans, others may have not even thought of it. But DANG it’s made our closet so much neater than all those over-sized mangled hangers snagging on each other! ~TxH~

  4. Nancy

    I also have been using child size hangers for years. I think probably since the early 90s. Maybe late 80s. They work so well for pants. I also use to ask for the hangers when I bought anything that used the plastic clothespin hangers. Working in schools I wore skirts at least once a week and those worked great for hanging both those and shorts. I don’t know if they still make those. Last time I bought something it was one of those with a metal slide thing. Those aren’t good at all.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I agree Nancy, the metal slide hangers don’t work well for me either. I don’t even like the ones with the metal clips. I do have a slacks-hanger that’s the size of one of these child-side hangers but with two bottom sections that clamp along the legs of my slacks (does that even make sense? LOL) So those are what I use for my slacks to hang straight from the ends of the legs. But I snagged the kid-sized hangers for my jeans way back in the late 80’s when the kids outgrew toddler sized clothes. They’ve served us well for quite a long time! ~TxH~


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