I would love, love, love to have the California Closets folks reorganize my wardrobe. First, I’d need to buy a house that had a closet larger than a breadbox, but still! I look at their designs and drool over the elegant, easy, beautifully designed storage solutions. And when I’m rich and famous, I’ll hire out their services.
In the meantime, I’ve gotta make do with far less elegant equipment. And although I’ve already discussed a few great ways to organize clothing, I thought I’d focus on accessory storage today. Because a mass of wrinkled shirts may be a bit frustrating, but a tumbleweed of belts, scarves, and necklaces is downright infuriating. So here are my methods of keeping my accessories protected, neat, and accessible without breaking the bank!
A belt rack from Target – attached to the exterior of my Ikea armoire – keeps these guys in line. Belt racks can go inside closet doors, mount to closet walls, or even attach to bedroom walls if you don’t mind using your accessories as decor.
Next to my belts, I’ve recently hung two sets of scarf organizers from The Container Store. They’re basically like large, flat hangers with holes punched through ’em. I used to cram my scarves inside my armoire but they kept the door from closing properly and were always getting snagged on the hinges. This solution allows me to see my whole collection, and incorporate scarves into outfits FAR more easily.
COST: $6 apiece
As you are likely aware, I own many pairs of shoes. So I use several different organization and storage solutions for them. This rotating rack holds 18 pairs and I nabbed it from the Container Store a couple of months ago. Mine sits next to my desk, but a fixture like this could tuck inside a wardrobe closet or sit outside a coat closet.
I’ve also got an over-the-door rack that hangs inside my closet. Unsightly, but obscured from view. Someday I might invest in a slightly better version, as this Ikea model works best with one shoe per slot. I’d love to squeeze a pair in each slot, if I could!
My closet has some built in shelving that holds my tall boots, but the remainder sit on these plastic-coated stacking shelves from Target. These sit on the closet floor. I love how shoes look on shelves, and if I had the room and the moolah (and the necessary husbandly approval) I’d line the walls with shelves for my shoes. In this fantasy world, I’d also have a pet wombat and a machine that dispensed fresh French fries at all times.
While this is one of my chintzier storage solutions, it gives me easy access to my hat collection and perks up my office quite a bit. Basically, I tacked a piece of twine to the wall, and attached some plastic laundry clips. The hats never get crushed and I can grab any one of them quickly and easily.
COST: Clips were $3 a pack, and the twine was in the kitchen drawer!
If you’ve got fewer in your collection, you can also pop them onto the neck of a pretty wine bottle.
So my dad made this gorgeous necklace rack, and I’m SUPER lucky to have it. Since I own about 40 gajillion necklaces, those long arms are really handy, but a slightly larger version of my belt rack could work for a smaller necklace collection.
Dad also made my jewelry box, which is sitting on the dresser top. I don’t have a ton of earrings, so I don’t need a ton of earring storage.
COST: Priceless, obviously.
The necklace rack is a bit older, and I’ve since added this adorable storage unit that Trinknitty made for me. She wrapped a picture frame in fabric and put burlap where the photo would’ve gone, which is where earrings are hung. Metal studs along the edge of the frame can support lightweight necklaces and bracelets. How clever is that?
COST: Again, this was a gift … so, again, priceless.
Now let’s talk about YOU. Do you use any similar methods to store and maintain your accessories? Anything different but equally budget-friendly? Does anyone have a more elegant solution for scarf storage? Please share!