Hung Up On Hangers

Hung Up on Hangers

A few months ago we worked on emptying out a client’s storage unit; client has paid for climate-controlled storage, in Boston, for five years. Among other items, we removed four bins of wood hangers; upon seeing them, the client did not want them and suggested that the hangers be donated. I drive a pick-up truck, so our team put the four bins of hangers in the back of my truck; later that day, I attempted to make the donation.

No one wants old hangers!

I tried to donate them, in person, at Savers – no go. I called Goodwill Industries – and they do not accept hanger donations! Another call to Salvation Army; “We do not want hangers”.

Checking online for where to donate hangers, or what to do with old hangers:

– Wire hangers might be able to be returned to a dry cleaners.
– Wire hangers may be able to go into recycling bins. Check with individual recycling services as many do not take wire hangers because the thin wire and odd shape often jam-up the recycling machinery.
– Plastic hangers may be able to go into recycling, check with individual recycling services (many plastic hangers have numbers on the side to indicate their “recyclability” – who knew?!).

There are multiple crafting sites for ideas on how to re-purpose wooden hangers (

If one is not interested in crafting projects, sadly enough, simply tossing old wood hangers away may be the only option.

Three pieces of advice:
1. Get rid of any hangers you are not actually using
2. Do not pay to keep old hangers in storage!
3. If you have a storage unit you’d like emptied and need help – call Simplified Lives! We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to help you create a plan.

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By Valerie Achorn

Valerie Achorn, M.P.A., President of Simplified Lives has many years of experience managing moves for clients around the country. Holding a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Harvard University, Valerie brings a broad management background and savvy networking skills to Simplified Lives.