Thursday, March 12, 2009

Which pair of pants is which??

Ever had one of those mornings when you reach blindly into your closet, trying to locate a particular pair of black pants (one of four you own, of course) without pulling each off the hanger to assess its defining characteristics? If only you could tell at a single glance which is the pair that’s the perfect length to wear with your favorite tall boots, rather than the short pair that only looks good with ballet flats.

Now you can: Buy a pack of key tags and create labels for the pants hanging in your closet. I generally use brand, color, and length as those descriptors tell me enough about the item to help me find what I’m looking for. Say, “Calvin Klein, black, medium.” (For those of you playing along at home, that means neither tall boot nor ballet flat but rather a nice little kitten heel.) Hang the metal ring from the neck of the hanger, and you can now identify in a jiffy which pair of pants you’re looking for. For the record, I don’t feel the need to label “Gap, grey corduroy, short” when they are the only pair of Gap, grey, or corduroy pants in my closet, but if you like consistency and want to do it all, knock yourself out. Heck, if you have four black t-shirts hanging in your closet and each has wear applications that aren’t immediately apparent, label those too. Go key tag crazy!

One version of the finished product:


  1. Where do I find key tags? Miller's Hardware? giggle I know you'll tell me exactly where to find them. This is a really good idea, by the way,

  2. Excellent question, MheartM... You can find key tags at hardware stores (Miller's, for sure!), office supply stores, and others like Target or Fred Meyer.