Handbag Organizer: A Place for Purses. Often it’s our purses that create quite a jumbled mess, in the bottom or tops of our wardrobes. Other times tangled on hat racks or hooks, or slung carelessly over a door handle.
I myself, never had a problem with handbag storage. A lot of our readers purse storage is exactly as I just explained though. I often get emails asking for my ideas on a handbag organizer, system.
The reason I don’t have a problem with my handbag organizing? I always insist on owning good leather handbags. Because of that reason, I only ever have a couple of bags in use at a time. My handbag storage spot only ever containers, three or four handbags. One is an evening (going out) hand bag. It is stored on a shelf in my wardrobe, kept inside the calico bag that came with it. My second bag, my alternate leather handbag. Always rather large, and generally in a tan colour. I also store it in the handbag organizer that came with the bag, then up on the shelf with my evening purse. My main handbag, always a black large leather bag, usually Oreton, or similar brand, is the bag I use everyday, but alternate it with my tan bag, about every other week. My main handbag, gets stored on a hook on the back of my door. Not a flimsy little hook. I have a purposely placed over door metal hook, which easily is able to handle the weight of my bag, which for some reason, is always quite heavy.
Currently, I have one other handbag, placed in the bag it came with, and stored on my handbag organizer shelf. It’s a beautiful red leather handbag, which was a Christmas gift, last year. So that’s three handbags in storage and one in use, and guess what? Handbag organizing is the easiest area to take care of in my entire wardrobe. The reason, because I only have the amount that I need, use and love and not one extra.
I only have the amount that I need, use and love and not one extra.
Handbag storage is so easy, when done this way. Like many of you, my entire wardrobe storage routine, could use my purse storage as a good example.
Another person with some great ideas for handbag storage is our expert writer for today, Jennifer Barnum. Jennifer is the design editor at mainecottage.com, and I’m pleased to now hand over to Jennifer. Thanks and take it away Jennifer.
A Place for Purses: Tips for Keeping Handbags Handy
Besides shoes, purses are, universally, the most beloved of all accessories. They epitomize the perfect blend of style, form and function. But, more than any other accessory, (even shoes) they are the most prone to getting forgotten in the backs of closets. Thankfully, proper organization can turn this unwanted irony on its ear, and have you actually USING your huge, painstakingly acquired collection of beautiful handbags once again.
The first thing to consider is visibility. Do you want them in plain view, or tucked away? We have tips for you either way.
A large purse collection can actually double as an artful design element for fashion aficionados. Bear in mind, the more visible they are, the more likely you are to use them. One of the best routes to organization for those in this camp is a piece of dedicated furniture.
A fine, simple, well-crafted set of bookshelves is perfect for this purpose, and not much “Coach”-ing is needed to help you make this system work. It works for totes, shoulder bags, handbags, and clutches alike. Simply put the bags on the shelves, stuffed with tissue of you like, and admire. They’ll be organized AND within reach at all times. How you set them up on the shelves is of course entirely up to you. Experiment to come up with a system that shows them off pleasingly to the eye. Try grouping them by color, or size, or even design elements.
Have an area of ceiling space? Install hooks and suspend your bags from the ceiling along a wall. The effect is quite striking. The same ideas apply here regarding the grouping, but strap length is something you’ll also have to consider. You can retrieve them off of their hooks with a stylish walking cane.
Prefer to keep your collection out of sight? You can still use a piece of dedicated furniture. Simply choose something with doors.
If you have ample closet space, rejoice- but remember, you’ll need to organize it. The idea is to avoid random shoving of purses into closets. This is, by definition, the opposite of organizing. The task becomes easier once you realize how many purses you haven’t been using merely because they haven’t been handy.
You can hang your purses on hangers, but it’s a better idea to use shower curtain rings or S hooks, as these afford you more space to work with. You can stagger them according to strap length. It’s tempting to store handbags of varying sizes inside of each other, like nesting dolls, but this should only be done if you are willing to take a bit of extra time and print out photos of each bag. You’ll attach these to the outermost bag, or else you will end up where you began: not remembering the majority of your purses.
The inside walls and inner door frame of your closet are also fantastic places from which to hang your purses. The type of hooks will depend on space availability, but longer ones can each accommodate a few bags.
For clutches, hanging shoe bags work well, choose the clear variety so you’ll be able to see them regardless of angle. If there are shelves in the closet, clear storage bins are also useful. But please do keep them off of the floor, where they can become all too easily forgotten or buried beneath other items.
If you have any questions on your handbag storage, feel free to ask in the comments below. Jennifer will be more than happy to answer those for you.
Who Else is Talking Handbag Storage?
- Houzz.com has tones of pictures to send your hearts a flutter. I’d like to thank them for the pictures used in this post.
- shelterness.com has 21 storage ideas for your handbags and purses.
- Handbag organizing ideas from huffingtonpost.com
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