Shawna Bailey
Shawna Bailey
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  • West Orange, NJ

The Cheapest Closet Space Saver Ever!

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I don't know about you, but my coat closet is always a wreck. There's just so many coats and so little space. Even after I go through our stash and clean out what we don't use anymore (which I have to do often now that my kids are growing so quickly), the closet is still a mess. I found out about this hack and was quite dubious if it would actually organize my closet, but I gotta tell you, it really works! And you know what I used to organize it? A soda can! Yup, you heard me. A soda can is what saved my closet.


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Step 1 : Gather your Materials

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You need soda can tabs. Lots of them. I asked my co workers to save their tabs for me. They drink a lot of soda, and I had enough tabs within a week.

This is my jam-packed coat closet
This is my jam-packed coat closet

Step 2: Empty the Closet

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It's really easy to dump everything out of the closet, so I took advantage of the extra time and went through all our coats again. I actually found one or two that did not fit anymore. This also helped me organize everything (like boys and girls coats, jackets, rain coats, etc.), and I separated them into pairs. Step 3: Slide the Tab onto the Neck of the Coat Hanger

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I just slid the tab onto the first hanger. It works best if you have metal hangers (especially those free ones you get from the dry cleaner). The tabs didn't fit over some of my thick, plastic hangers, so I switched them with hangers in another closet. Step 4: Attach the Second Hanger to the Tab

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I just hooked the next hanger into the bottom hole of the tab and voila! A two tiered hanger! It totally made more space in my closet. If your closet is really full, you can attach more levels by repeating steps 3 and 4 and build a chain of hangers.

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Look how much space I saved just by doing one tier on each hanger! Now I have to go tackle my daughter's closet.


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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Carolyn Sonier Chase
    on Jan 3, 2017

    If you would turn your curved wooden hangers all in the same direction, you would save even more space!

    • Marr Blankenship
      on Dec 27, 2017

      Instead of soda can tabs, save the ones from soup cans or dog food cans. They are larger. The top section will fit over tubular plastic hangers with the bottom section holding a wire coat hanger.
  • Kelly Kessler
    on Jan 6, 2018

    Will this work with plastic hangers, I can't stand wire hangers
    • OldNana
      on Jan 29, 2019

      If you don't have tabs, Amazon sells Paxcoo Key Chain Hooks with Key Rings – 100 pieces for $11.99. These should fit just about anything.

  • Tina Chmelik
    on Nov 17, 2018

    What if u don’t use wire hangers? They are not really available anymore and there is no way a plastic hangers will fit in this holes?

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  • I use the tabs off of soup and other foods that are larger for the thicker or heavier clothes, using wooden hangers to support the extra weights... In fact, exchanged the primary (the first one in the series) wire hangers to wooden ones to better support the extra weights of the additional clothing!!!

  • Pamela
    6 days ago

    I have tried the larger tab size and can hang 5-6 items with no fear of clothing weight.

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