What’s the best way to store sweaters? I’ve tried everything. I’ve found the best way to fold a sweater on a hanger and hang a sweater without hanger marks or shoulder bumps and without stretching or ruining them. Properly hanging a sweater provides better care for it. And hanging your sweaters makes them easy to see and access. Knowing how to hang sweaters is a quick, easy and free way to organize your closet that you can do today.
Properly storing sweaters in your closet or drawer can be challenging. Sweaters are bulking so that makes them difficult to neatly stack on a shelf. And their bulk means that you can only put a few in a drawer, which means you usually end up stuffing your sweaters into the drawer.
I prefer to hang my sweaters up so that I can see them all at one time. I find it unnecessarily frustrating in the morning to dig through a drawer or wrestle with a pile on a shelf just to find the sweater I want to wear that day. Hanging my sweaters in the closet makes life a little easier in the morning.
While I much prefer hanging a sweater on a hanger, I also don’t want to have those bat wing bumps that are created from the hanger if you hang the sweater up like a shirt. Have you ever had the shoulder bump problem from hanging up your sweaters? The bumps caused by the ends of the hanger stretching out the shoulders of your sweater creating strange triangular bumps on each shoulder.
I’ve been hanging my sweaters this way for over 14 years and it works great. I am a big fan of hanging sweaters on a hanger because:
- It’s easy to quickly see my sweaters hanging in my closet rather than rummaging through a dark drawer.
- It’s quicker to grab a sweater from a hanger rather than rearrange the sweaters in a drawer just to get the one I want.
- I have more hanging room than drawer space.
- Hanging sweaters in the closet allows them to breathe (air out) better than being jam packed in a drawer.
- Once you know how to fold sweaters on a hanger, it’s quick to do.
How to Hang Sweaters
Simply fold your sweater in half with the sleeves together. Then place your hanger upside down on the sweater with the hook place in the armpit area.
Fold the body over the hanger.
Then fold the sleeve over the hanger.
Make sure the sweater is folded with the armpit of the sweater close to the neck of the hanger. Straighten out any wrinkles.
At first this folding may seem awkward, but after a couple of tries you’ll be folding sweaters on hangers with no problem at all.
To further organize my closet, I hang sweaters up with like colors grouped together (I use ROY G. BIV order for the colors, doesn’t everyone?). It’s so much easier to see all your sweaters and select the one you want to wear. No more piles of sweaters falling off the shelf or digging around in the drawer for the sweater you want that is at the bottom of the pile (of course). Everything is right there to see and access. Easy peasey.
It only takes seconds to hang your sweater on a hanger. Good news, huh? Now that you know how to hang up your sweaters, take about 5 to 10 minutes to hang your sweaters properly and straighten up your closet.
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