Ask Belle: Storing Your Clothes & Accessories
Jun 8, 2015
I really love your blog. I was wondering how you store things: jewelry, scarves, shoes, hats, sweaters, etc.
I’m thinking it’s time to set aside the old “shove it in a drawer” method, and figured you’d have some insight into how to properly store these types of items that are used (but maybe not every day) to keep them safe and nice-looking for years to come.
Thanks so much! A Reader
I’m lucky to have a good size closet in my home, but that wasn’t always the case. For six years, I lived in a 400-sq-ft condo. It was there that I learned the importance of good organizational skills. Here’s how I store some of my items.
Hangers. Not to get all Joan Crawford on you, but can we talk about hangers for a minute? If you love your clothes (and I assume if you’re reading here, you do) and you want to take care of them, why would you hang them on a cheap wire hanger?
I like the thin, flocked hangers from Real Simple ($30 for 50). They maximize space without damaging my clothes. Also, if you’re petite, stop stretching your clothes with regular size hangers. What you want is a juniors size hanger. I even keep a few on hand for my sweaters to keep those unsightly shoulder bumps away.
More storage tips after the jump…
Scarves and Belts. If you shove your scarves and belts in a drawer, you’ll never wear them. Luckily, they make a hanger specifically for scarves and belts. Just be sure not to overload it or the damn thing will snap. (Trust me, buy more than you think you’ll need.)
Sweaters. I fold most of my sweaters, though a few of the drapey cardigans I’ll hang. To keep them out of my dresser, I bought a shelf from Real Simple that hangs from my closet rod. It keeps everything neatly organized, and right where I can see it.
Shoes. I keep my high heels and nicer shoes on two shelves in my closet. If you’re piling your shoes on the floor or wedging them into a tiny organizer, you’re shortening their life span. If you don’t have room for a shelf, I recommend this over-the-door shoe rack. It’s a space saver that won’t crush your heels or smush your flats.
Jewelry. When a friend gave up her Stella & Dot business, I bought all of her jewelry display pieces. Now, I hunt them on eBay when I need to add a ring tray or a bracelet stand, but they’re not easy to find. Bed, Bath, and Beyond sells similar storage products in linen.
Another good options are jewelry trays designed to fit inside a drawer. These stackable trays have ring, earring, and necklace storage.
So how do you store your favorite shoes, clothes, scarves, and baubles? Leave your thoughts in the comments.