I assume you’ve all got closets. With hangers. Maybe a few shelves. There might even be a chest of drawers or an armoire in the mix. I also assume that you’ve got some wardrobe organization challenges and that some of your belongings might be a little worse for wear due to makeshift storage situations. (A few of mine certainly are!)
And suggestions like the one pictured above – painting some crown moulding a gorgeous color and nailing it to the wall so you can display a few pairs of heels in an unusual way – are fantastic if you don’t mind taking up wall space, opting for a semi-permanent and highly visible storage solution, and making your wardrobe into makeshift art. But I prefer wardrobe organization techniques that are temporary, reversible, or even portable. Yeah, I keep my hats on a string above my desk and some shoes out in the open on racks. But that’s because I live in a miniscule bungalow built in 1925 and have extremely limited closet space. I’d much rather keep those things out of sight, out of sunlight, and out of the dusty, cat-friendly environment that is my home.
Happily, there are loads of creative wardrobe organization practices that don’t involve nails, paint, and permanence. Here are a few that have piqued my interest as I’ve roamed around the Interwebs lately.
Store handbags on a hat rack
My understanding is that perfect bag storage would look something like this. Bags are kept upright, they don’t crowd each other, they’re out of the sun, and larger bags aren’t suspended (which might eventually cause handles to distend). I have no such area in my home for bag storage, so I stole an idea from Stuff Jewish Girls Like and started storing my own handbags on a hat rack. I worry about my handles a bit, but so far no problems, and the rack allows bags to hang without crowding or crushing. It ain’t perfect since the hat rack is situated outside my closet, but it’s better than the haphazard bag pile I used to have!
Store jewelry on drawer pulls set into a framed board
There are loads of board-based jewelry storage solutions, but this one is my favorite. Less likely to scratch your goodies than the framed screen and a visual step up from the framed burlap. It would take a bit of doing since the fabric would need to be backed by something stiff – plywood or similar – but the end result looks tidy and interesting.
Use a desk insert for makeup organization
I nabbed a plastic makeup organizer at a garage sale for $1, and I do love it. But if I had actual cabinet or drawer space for my cosmetics, I’d likely just buy a desk insert or silverware organizer for my goodies. Such an easy, affordable, practical way to keep makeup from wandering off into dark corners of your cabinets.
Attach shower rings to a wood hanger for scarf storage
My own scarves are in a pre-made hanger-like contraption with loads of holes, but I think this DIY solution would likely work better. The scarves are able to breathe and move, they’re all visible and accessible, and the hanger can be stored in or outside a closet. Pretty slick.
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Care to share any creative wardrobe organization products, ideas, or practices? Give us links, if you’ve got ‘em!
Image via Santa Barbara Chic.
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