Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. While I love to bundle up in fall fashions, I don’t like the bulk it adds to my closet. Organizing can get a bit tricky when it comes to finding a place for accessories such as handbags. With some careful planning you will be able to flaunt your beautiful handbags or creatively conceal them.
DIY Handbag Storage Options
- Bookshelf Storage: Repurposed bookshelves make a great storage space for your handbags and clutches. Use sweater dividers to protect delicate material and keep your clutches and smaller handbags free of snags, scratches, and marks. While the dividers shown are adjustable, it is best to store a maximum of three small handbags to each divider. This will prevent excess wear and tear due to overstuffing.
Bulky handbags should not be stuffed and packed together on a shelf. Using this storage tactic will eventually cause your handbags to lose their shape. Remove the shelves from a bookshelf and add hooks for larger handbags to hang. You can find sweater dividers, bookcases, and hooks at your local home organization store.
- Over-the-Door Handbag Storage: Over-the-door handbag hangers can be found in organization stores; however, you can also make a hanger that is simple and inexpensive. Use a door hook and metal shower curtain rings to create your own hanging handbag storage. You will need one metal ring for each of your handbags. Each ring clamps tightly and unclamps easily which will provide easy access to your handbags while keeping them secure as the door is opened and shut.
- “S” Hook: Provided you have the extra space, one of the simplest ways to produce fast and smart handbag storage is to hang them from S-shaped hooks in your closet. As the photo exemplifies, one end of the hook attaches to the closet rail while the other provides a handy hook for your handbag. S-hooks can be found at any hardware store.
Handbag Storage Bins
If you are like me, you do not have a lot of extra space to hang bags amongst your clothes. To remedy this, use upper shelving in your closet for handbag storage.
- Individual Storage Bins: Most organization stores carry bins specifically used for handbag storage. Each handbag bin holds three to four bags, so be sure to total up the number of bags you have before selecting your storage products. The handbag storage bins are available in a variety of colors, patterns, and materials.
- Multiple Bin Storage: The handbag storage shown in the picture below is perfect for closets with a lot of vertical space above the top shelf. I would suggest securing the bin to the wall with a few nails to keep the bin from getting top-heavy. Multiple-bin storage comes in various sizes with a different number of cubbies per size. Instead of trying to squeeze in more than one bag to a cubby, simply buy a few different sizes to accommodate all of your handbags.
Depending on the storage options available in your closet or bedroom, focus first on functionality. Look for storage products that work for your space. Once you have decided on the type of storage that will work best for you, use different colors and textures to match your personality.
Laura Leist, CPO
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