You won’t find a sofa on Amazon’s list of its top 15 best-selling home goods. There’s nary a sculptural light fixture or upholstered bed frame in sight. Instead there’s a focus on smaller items that make everyday life a little more enjoyable, and high up on said list is a set of velvet hangers that may not revolutionize your life, but they will change your closet. How do I know this? Because I am the proud owner of a fleet of them.
Retailing for just under $16, the pack of 30 hangers has more than 6,000 reviews and a 4.4-star rating on Amazon. They hold a lot (from trousers to slinky tops) and don’t take up much space. They’re chic, too: I never thought I’d be the kind of person who prizes aesthetically pleasing hangers (my prior collection was a mismatched army of hangers accumulated from shopping and the dry cleaner), but every time I look at my closet, where every article of clothing sits perched on a cream-colored hanger, I feel a pang of pride at its uniformity.
These hangers have seen me through spurts of Kondo-motivated decluttering—all the way to the end, when I decided I missed my discarded blazers and rescued them from the storage bin to which they were relegated. They take up almost no wardrobe real estate when they’re not in use.
They’ve helped me make the most of every tiny New York apartment I’ve lived in, where entryway closets don’t exist and I often resort to clothing racks situated in the middle of my living room to house my outerwear. Having simple yet stylish hangers serve as the base for my different-colored coats and jackets makes the rack look cohesive rather than a storage solution born out of necessity.
They’ve also proved useful on mornings when I’m running late. Where before, my clothes with straps or lighter materials would often slip off wire hangers, the velvet coating on these babies ensures everything stays put. I can clearly see what’s in front of me, and bar the occasional I-hate-all-my-clothes panic, I can usually put something together a lot easier because of them.
At the end of the day, will a $16 pack of hangers transform your home? No. What they will do is make your day-to-day a bit easier, and this—in a world where everyone is increasingly stressed—is no small feat.
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