A few weeks ago, I was contacted about checking out Wonder Hangers. You know you've seen the infomercial - "triple your closet space". I am always a little skeptical about products on infomercials (although that is how P90X is sold and I LOVE IT!), so I thought it would be a great opportunity to give it a try.
- "The Wonder Hanger® is an affordable tool that's great for any Spring Cleaning features. This cascading clothes organizer increases closet space by enabling you to stack clothes vertically. Each Wonder Hanger holds 5 wood, metal or plastic hangers. There are 8 hangers to a package – enough to hang 40 garments. The open-mouth design allows you to easily add or remove your jackets, skirts, pants and shirts. Supporting up to 20 pounds, it can hold up to 5 heavy winter jackets.
You can use it to group complete outfits or similar items, organize by color or season, and hang handbags or belts. It retails for $9.99 and can be purchased at major retail chains including Walmart, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond and CVS and online at www.buywonderhanger.com."
Price online is $9.99 plus P&H (Buy one, get one free; just pay extra P&H)
You can watch a video here.
Let me start first by sharing my concerns with the product, none of which are insurmountable, just things that I hadn't really considered that upon use I felt obligated to share.
If your closet is stuffed, you can't just decide to add a few of these to closet. First, you must remove things from your closet. The hangar, when connected on both ends to the closet rod, takes up more space than the five hangers that it holds. Not a big deal - it's probably best to start an organization project by cleaning out your closet and getting rid of what you don't wear.
The hangers may very well triple your closet space, but you can't use all of the new found space. Again, in order to get most things back off of the hanger, you need to reconnect the second end. The item on the top and bottom (or left and right depending on your perspective) you can easily remove without reconnecting, but the others are sort of held in place by the clothes around them. Again, this a bad news/good news thing - you can fit more in your closet, just not a full 3x as much.
It only works on full height closet racks. This one is probably pretty obvious but I had never considered it before trying them. With many master closets and even some other bedroom closets, to maximize space, many people have one section that is full length and one section that has a top and bottom rack. With the top and bottom rack, there just isn't the space needed to accommodate the "drop" when you disconnect the one end and collapse the hanger. The good news is you are already getting more use for your space with the double racks, but you can't increase it with the Wonder Hanger.
That being said, it really does work. You can hang your clothes on it and disconnect the one end and store more stuff in less space. I think that for me, the most effective use of these hangers will be to tuck my out of season clothes off to the side and create more space for the items that I am currently wearing. This will allow me to increase the total amount that I can store in my closet. I suspect that allowing my clothes to be looser in my closet will also help minimize wrinkling. Shoving them in like I have been lately, has made for more ironing than normal.
The ad on TV seems to illustrate with thin blouses, but I even used it for the kids coats:
I will note that when using the hanger for bulkier clothes, like coats, the hanger does take up more space as it hangs at a greater angle than it does with thinner clothes, like blouses, where it can hang closer to vertical.
Would you like to give Wonder Hangers a try for free?
Courtesy of Wonder Hanger and MamaBzz, I have the opportunity to give away a pack of Wonder Hangers to one A Busy Mom of Two reader.
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No compensation was received for this post. I did receive one box of 8 Wonder Hangers, courtesy of Wonder Hanger through MamaBzz, in order that I might try the product and share my experiences.