How to Store Accessories

Tips to store all of your accessories like belts, hats, gloves and scarves

How to Store Your Accessories
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While storage methods for clothing are pretty straight-forward (at least the basic items like jeans, shirts and sweaters are, tutus and Halloween costumes may be another story) storing accessories can be a little trickier and require more elbow grease and specialized storage solutions. This guide takes a spin around your closet covering each type of accessories and the best way to store it. 

  • 01 of 08

    Belts

    Storing belts
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    Store your belts in your closet, flat against the side wall on command hooks. You probably don't own too many and they're not the bulky type so they take up very little room--something important to apartment dwellers!

    Here are some belt storage solutions:

  • 02 of 08

    Gloves and Mittens

    Storing gloves
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    For kids, store their mittens in their coat pockets (if they are deep enough). If that is not an option, a small storage box with their name on it is a good option. Labeling it will help them establish the habit of always, always putting their gloves, scarves and hats back into the same spot.

    For adults, especially women who may like to use more than one set of gloves depending on her outfit, hang a shoe organizer in the entryway closet, or, just like the kids, a labelled storage box.

  • 03 of 08

    Hats, Beanies and caps

    Storing hats
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    It may seem old fashioned, but the best way to store hats -- especially wide-brimmed or specialty hats, is hat boxes. Hat boxes are round and stackable so their storage capabilities are not limited to just hats.

    For more casual hats, like baseball hats or beach hats, you can get away with a hooks or a baseball hat organizer.

    For beanies or wool hats, store with your mittens and gloves in a storage box in your entryway or hall closet. If you don't have an entry way, store them in the closet...MORE closets to the door you usually exit your home from. 

  • 04 of 08

    Handbags

    Storing handbags
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    If you don't have a hall closet in your home, you can store all of your handbags on a tall, thin, bookshelf in your entryway. When they are not in use, you can stuff them with butcher block paper (the kind often used to stuff boxes for shipping) so they:

    • Stand up straight; and,
    • Keep their shape

    And store them in a closet. 

    Stuffing them with paper may seem like a pain, but it only take an extra 20 seconds and is worth the effort. This way you won't come home to a pile of handbags on the...MORE floor because they toppled over.  Other options:

    1. Cubby
    2. Catch-all hanging sweater bag
    3. Canvas hanging sweater bag
    4. Handbag + accessory organizer
    5. Over-the-door hanger
    6. A bookcase with adjustable shelving
    Continue to 5 of 8 below.
  • 05 of 08

    Ties

    Ties stored in a drawer
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    Any of the options I mentioned above for belt storage will work for ties as well, and here are some more tie-specific options.

  • 06 of 08

    Scarves

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    If you have a mammoth scarf collection like I do, then you're going to need to sort your scarves into categories based on the frequency of use.

    1. One you wear pretty frequently; and,
    2. Special-occasion scarves that you wear once a month or less.

    First, organize the scarves you wear less-frequently. These can be folded and stored in a plastic or canvas labelled bin.

    Now that you've pared down the scarves you actively wear, try one of these options:

    • Hooks. Get creative with hooks - you could buy a...MORE set of matching hooks and line them up horizontally or in a pattern, or use mis-matched hooks for a more interesting design element.
    • Cubbies. Great for kids, store their scarves with their mittens and hats.
    • I love the look of a simple accordion rack.
    • You can also hang them in a closet on an accessory hook or loops.
    • This accessory organizer is very space-saving and can store bags or scarves.
    • Finally, I use a larger version of this scarf organizer for my stored scarves, and hang the ones I wear frequently on hooks in my entryway.
  • 07 of 08

    Shoes and Boots

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    Shoe storage is such a large topic, I created two guides How to Store Shoes and Where to Store Shoes

    Boot storage can be tricky for two reasons:

    1. Boot shapes and sizes vary widely; and,
    2. You often wear boots when it's rainy, muddy and cold which means you take them off as soon as you come through the door to your home.

    Here is my full guide to storing and organizing boots by type and by how and when you wear them: How to Store Boots

  • 08 of 08

    Sunglasses and other "Smalls"

    Store your sunglasses
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     Your smalls may be the toughest stuff to store because each little piece is unique, but there's a simple solution: a tray. Keep your smalls - sunglasses, eye glasses, fitbit, watches, everyday jewelry, and small electronics like your smartphone in a tray by your front or back door.