Clever Handbag Storage Ideas

how to organize your purses

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When handbags aren't in use, where to keep them can be a conundrum. They’re bulky and sometimes fragile, and some of us have far too many of them. So a good storage system is essential. Here are a few simple ideas to help you organize your handbags.

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    Cubbies and Bins

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    Cubbies, bins, boxes, and any other similar types of container are best if you have a lot of room for storage. You can look for models with sections or those with a decorative pattern. You can even store your bags in their own locker. For handbags you don’t use often, large plastic bins stashed in a closet or tucked under a bed can be a good way to keep them protected. The best part about cubbies and boxes is that there are plenty of options on the market. Finding one in the right size, layout, and color is almost guaranteed.

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    Hooks are the most obvious and easy way to store your bags if the layout of your space allows for them. You can place removable hooks over your doors, hanging bags on one side (as with a front door) or both (in the case of a closet door.)

    You can also mount hooks, in multiples, like on this board, or individually on the wall. Hooks are simple and keep your bags visible and within easy reach.

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    Bag Organizer

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    There are several products that let you hang bags vertically in your closet. An organizer like a purse file will keep multiple handbags in line. You can also store bags vertically on your door with a rack. This is a great space-saving method of storing totes and handbags.

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    Magazine Holders

    Use magazine holders to store handbags from NetRobe
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    These are really a subset of cubbies and bins, but holders designed for other things can work for bags as well. Slim bags that won’t slouch over can slip into magazine holders. A large hat box can hold a bunch of bags together. Other types of organizers that could hold your bags include baskets, desk accessories (the larger ones meant for files), and, of course, other bags; those very large totes meant for the beach or grocery shopping can also serve as storage for smaller purses. Just use your imagination to find a solution just right for your needs.

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    Shelf Dividers

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    Like file folders for your bags, dividers sit on a shelf and help keep bags upright and separated. They are a good choice if you have lots of shelf space in your closet and if you like your bags out of sight but easily accessible.

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    Shower Curtain Rings

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    This super simple DIY uses a shower curtain and shower curtain rings for instant bag storage. Hanging their handles from rings forces bags into a sideways position, making most of the bags naturally line up and save space.

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    High Shelves in Your Closet

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    If you're currently storing your sweaters, jeans, and other foldable items at the top of your closet, think about swapping those out and storing your handbags at there instead. It's easier to see your handbags there, and you can store foldable items in other places, such as under your bed or at the bottom of your closet, for easier retrieval. 

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    Single Shelf

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    Many handbags are too pretty to be hidden inside a closet. Why not display them on attractive shelves? You could install some shelves mounted a wall to display your favorite bags. This is an especially attractive solution for a bedroom. You can get almost any size (there are small options). Storing bags on a prominent shelf of their own makes them a focal point in a room, like a display in a boutique. This is a good choice if you want to show off your bag collection.

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    Store bags on a bookcase
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    You don't need a gold-plated one—any bookcase can work to store your bags. To get them to stand upright without toppling over, stuff them with tissue paper.