How to Organize Accessories

  • How to Organize Accessories

    How to organize your accessories
    How to organize your accessories. Getty

    Accessories make your wardrobe unique and polished. They also can get out of control, organization-wise. Here are some tips for how to organize accessories -- from jewelry to scarves and hats.


    There are many ways to organize jewelry and it all depends on your collection, and your needs and habits.

    I organize my own jewelry in two ways.

    One is more permanent or long-term organization, consisting of a clear plastic box with a lot of small sections and a few cardboard boxes from jewelry stores....MORE The plastic container is for everything that fits into small spaces: rings, earrings, and chain necklaces. The store boxes hold large bracelets. Both sit atop a small chest of drawers in my bedroom.

    The other way I store my jewelry is in two little ceramic dishes. These – one in my room near my other jewelry storage and one right by the front door - are for my everyday jewelry that I take on an off throughout the day. This way I’m never left wondering where my watch, bracelets, rings, and earrings are, nor do I ever have to search deep in my closet for jewelry I wear less frequently.

    For more ideas on which type of jewelry organizers to use and how to protect precious metals and stones, see How to Store Jewelry.


    Scarves can be a fun accessory to organize because they can double as decoration. Especially in a small space, where you might not have room for scarves in your closet, hooks on the backs of your bedroom or front door can hold a whole array of scarves. Arrange them by color so they look attractive. Tying a scarf around a doorknob can give a nice personal touch as well.

    If you don’t want your scarves out in public view, there are other options. Hang them on hangers or hooks inside a closet. Fold them up and stack them in drawers or on closet shelves. If you don’t wear scarves often, you can fold them in plastic bins and keep them under the bed, in the basement, or in another out-of-sight spot.

    Delicate, small scarves need a bit more attention to make sure they don’t tear, so don’t just toss them bohemian-like over a piece of furniture. Consider folding and storing them the same way you would a silk camisole.

    For winter scarves, see below.

    Winter accessories

    If you live in an area with cold winters, the season means an accessory explosion. Hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, legwarmers, neck warmers, the list goes on. In warmer weather you will probably want to store these in a plastic bag or box, to protect from intruding insects. Keep them someplace where they won’t get in your way: the attic, or the back of your closet floor.

    When it’s time to bring them out, you can organize them on pegs or hooks on a wall, or in a large cloth tote hanging on a doorknob or closet hook. I like to use a woven basket (make sure it doesn’t have pokey bits of straw that can damage your knitwear) by the front door. This way all my warm accessories are easy to grab on the way out.

    If you have a lot of space, another option would be a piece of furniture, with lockers or cubbies, in your entryway or near your back door. This is a good way to keep the wool hats of multiple family members from getting mixed up.


    Cowboy hats, baseball caps, and other headwear that can’t be folded up obviously need more space than winter caps. Closet shelves, dresser drawers, and coat trees are all good places for hats. Eye-catching hats in good condition can also function as a focal point or decorative accent in a room. Think of wall full of Stetsons on pegs, or a souvenir baseball cap slung over a child’s bed-post.

    • Hat Hooks
    • Baseball hat organizer


    I like to keep my belts on a small circular organizer (the kind with hooks) hanging on the rod in my closet. Placing belts next to the pants and dresses they’ll be paired with makes it easy to put together an outfit.

    As for how to hang up belts, there are many products made just for this purpose. Read How to Store Accessories for some inspiration.

    • Horizontal belt + tie rack 
    • Huggable belt + tie rack
    • Revolving tie ​rack