How To Store Your Sweaters: Finally, An Answer To The Folding vs Hanger Debate

October 7, 2014 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

If you own nice things (“nice” being a sweater that costs more than $50 or a pair of real leather boots) you want them to last a long time–ie. more than one season–and also, you want them to be in the best condition possible. This means weatherproofing your boots before winter and using playing cards to hang your leather skirts and shaving the pills off your sweaters. Going that extra mile to buy moth balls or felt hangars–these are all signs that you’re a big girl, and the contents of your designer-filled closet can prove it.

So–how does a responsible young lady like yourself hang her sweaters? It’s an age-old debate: fold them or hang them on hangers? Folding them seems logical except for the fact that it takes up way too much shelf or drawer space. Hanging them puts them at eye level when you’re getting dressed–which means you are more likely to wear them–but that can be problematic, too. Most hangers cause bumps in the sweater shoulder (you know what I’m talking about). Not ideal.

Enter this genius hack we found on Mind Hoot that involves both folding AND hanging (mind blown?)–the best of both worlds.

Simply follow these steps for safe storage of your sweaters–it’s shoulder bump-free, and perfect for display and storage in small to medium closets:

Step 1: Fold your sweater in half length wise with the sleeves in the back. Lay flat. The front of your sweater should be facing left and the sleeves pointing right.

Step 2: Using a felt hanger if possible (any hanger will do though), place the hanger upside down with the hook part between under the arms of the sweater (in the arm pit).

Step 3: Fold the sleeves, together over the top of the sweater. The same with the body of the sweater.

Step 4: Grab the hanger by the hook and hold it upright. Now you are ready to hang your sweater in the closet.

How To Store Your Sweaters


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Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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