While storage methods for clothing are pretty straight-forward, 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.
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 your belts is right in your closet. Place command hooks flat against the side wall and put your belts on the hooks. You probably don't own too many and they're not bulky so they take up very little room. If you prefer a different storage option, try a huggable belt + tie rack for your closet.
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Gloves and Mittens
For kids, store their 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 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 someone who may like to 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. 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 use hooks or 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 you usually exit your home from.
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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. You can also store them on the top shelf of a 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:
- Catch-all hanging sweater bag
- Canvas hanging sweater bag
- A bookcase with adjustable shelving
Nicer handbags will often come with a dustbag. Use this to cover your bag and protect it.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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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:
- One you wear pretty frequently; and,
- 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 labeled bin. Now that you've pared down the scarves you actively wear, try one of these options:
- Get creative with hooks; you could 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.
- Cubbies work well for kids or adults
- Hang them in a closet on a special scarf hanger or accessory organizer
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Shoes and Boots
How to store shoes is a topic 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; and,
- You often wear boots when it's rainy, muddy, and cold so they are often 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 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.