The Ten Commandments of Hanging

Hanging clothes

Make a change in your closet by following these 10 rules for hanging clothing. It’s a good investment in time and money to create a beautiful (form) and organized (function) space.

Hanging your clothes properly can preserve their shape and keep them wrinkle-free. By selecting the right hanger for your garment, you can help your clothes last for years to come.

The Ten Commandments of Hanging

  1. Thou Shalt Hang as Much as Possible in Thy Closet.
  2. Thou Shalt Not Leave Sweaters Hanging.
  3. Banish All Wire Hangers From Thy Closet.
  4. Thou Shalt Have Matching Hangers.
  5. Thous Shalt Use Appropriate Hangers for Appropriate Garments.
  6. Honor Thy Color Code.
  7. Thou Shalt Not Kill Clothes With Plastic.
  8. Honor Thy Breathing Room of Thy Clothing.
  9. Thou Shalt Not Hang Thy Clothes with Strangers.
  10. Honor Thy Pants and Thy Sweaters.

Use the layout of your closet to dictate what you should hang or fold. If you have more shelf space than hanging space, fold your pants and put them on a shelf. If you have a lot of hanging space, you can put T-shirts on hangers, even though T-shirts are typically folded. Let the design of your closet guide you in how you organize your clothes.

Use these tips for maintain an organized closet. They will save you time, money and space. Making your closet much more functional and beautiful.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Melanie on September 7, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    This is the BEST! Definitely sharing this.

  2. Julie Bestry on September 7, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    What a fun approach to the truth about hanging your clothes! I’ll admit, I hang all my T-shirts, and my sweaters, and honestly, almost everything except lingerie, sleepwear, and workout clothes. Perhaps my sweaters are made out of sturdier stuff?

    #9 has me intrigued. Are these “strangers” like Judith Kolberg’s “Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers” or more like, don’t leave your stuff laying about the house?

    • Janet Schiesl on September 8, 2020 at 6:30 am

      Julie, I say “strangers” when referring to items you don’t associate with, like Judith Kolberg suggests.

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