While storage methods for clothing are pretty straight-forward, storing accessories can be a little trickier and require more ingenuity and specialized storage solutions. This guide takes a spin around your closet, covering each type of accessory and the best way to store it.
Here are eight categories of accessories and how to best handle organizing them in your closet.
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An easy way to store belts is right in your closet. Place command hooks flat against an empty wall and put your belts on the hooks. You probably don't own too many and they're not bulky, so they shouldn't take up much room. If you prefer a different storage option, try a huggable belt and tie rack for your closet.
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Gloves and Mittens
Store kids' mittens in their coat pockets (if they are deep enough). If that is not an option, a small storage box labeled with each child's name is a good option. Labeling it will help them establish the habit of always putting their gloves, scarves, and hats back into the same spot.
For adults, especially someone who may use more than one set of gloves, hang a shoe organizer in the entryway closet, or, just like the kids, use a labeled storage box.
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Hats, Beanies, and Caps
It may seem old-fashioned, but the best way to store hats, especially wide-brimmed or specialty hats, is hat boxes. They're round and stackable, so their storage capabilities are not limited to just hats.
More casual hats like baseball or beach hats can be hung on hooks or in a baseball hat organizer. For beanies or wool hats, store them with your mittens and gloves in a storage box in your entryway or hall closet. If you don't have an entryway, store them in the closet closest to the door where you usually exit your home.
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If you don't have a hall closet, you can store all of your frequently used handbags on a tall, thin, bookshelf in your entryway. You can also store them on the top shelf of a clothes closet. When they are not in use, stuff them with butcher block paper (the kind often used to stuff boxes for shipping) so they stand up straight and keep their shape. Stuffing them with paper may seem like a pain, but it only takes an extra 20 seconds and is worth the effort. This way you won't come home to a pile of handbags on the floor because they toppled over.
Other options for handbag storage include a cubby, a catch-all hanging sweater bag, or a bookcase with adjustable shelving. Nicer handbags will often come with a dustbag. Use this to cover and protect your bag.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Any of the options for belt storage will work for ties as well. If you are looking for a tie-specific option, try a basic tie rack. You can also choose to store your ties rolled up in a drawer with dividers.
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If you have a mammoth scarf collection, it's helpful to sort your scarves into categories based on the frequency of use.
First, organize the scarves you wear less frequently. These can be folded and stored in a labeled plastic or canvas bin. Now that you've pared down to the scarves you actively wear, employ one of several organizing methods.
Get creative with hooks. Buy a set of matching hooks and line them up horizontally or in a pattern, or use mismatched hooks for a more interesting design element. Or, hang them in a closet on a special scarf hanger or accessory organizer.
For a more streamlined look, cubbies keep scarves contained, but you run the risk of them becoming a jumbled mess in there.
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How to store shoes is an issue many people with limited storage struggle with. If possible, store shoes you wear most frequently in an easily accessible location. The bottom of your closet or in a shoe rack by the door both work.
Boot storage can be tricky for two reasons. Boot shapes and sizes vary widely, so storing boots on shelves will be challenging. Also, you often wear boots when it's rainy, muddy, and cold, so they are likely wet and dirty when you come home. If you have the room, store boots standing up to keep their shape. Keep wet and dirty boots on a drying rack by the door. Once they are dry, clean them and store them away.
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Sunglasses and Small Objects
Your smaller objects may be the toughest stuff to store because each little piece is unique. A simple solution is a tray. Keep your small objects like sunglasses, eyeglasses, Fitbit, watches, everyday jewelry, and small electronics like your smartphone in a tray by your front or back door. Or have two trays: one by your front door for everyday items and one in your bedroom for more personal objects.