Simple Organizing Solutions for Accessories

Welcome to the third and final installment of The Bedroom Closet Series. If you missed the other two posts, you might want to start there:

  1. A Peek Into My Closet
  2. I Like to Fold It, Fold It

Today, we will tackle all the delightful, non-clothing items in your closet–shoes, purses, scarves, hats, and gloves.

These smaller items need to be sorted by categories. Make the categories as general or specific as you like, but create some kind of classification system. For example, I separate my boots from the rest of my shoes, but I store all of my winter gear together.

As with the clothing, sort your accessories with the same strict guidelines. Here’s a quick refresher:

  1. Do I even like this item?
  2. Have I worn this in the past year?
  3. Do I need this?
  4. Is this undamaged?

Any item that received even one “no” should be evicted from your closet. Who wants a space filled with mediocrity? Only favorites should make the cut.

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: If you’re torn about an item, get rid of it. Only keep things that you undoubtedly want. The following question might make the breakup easier: Would this item bring you more joy from your shelf or in the hands of someone who would truly love it?

Now that you’ve sorted through all your accessories…it’s time to organize! Here’s a quick tour of my closet and some suggestions to help start your own system:

Shoes

I bought my shoe organizer at Home Depot years ago. Not only does it save space, it allows me to see all of my shoes at a glance. The twenty-five cubbies provide plenty of space for my modest shoe collection, but the compartments are large enough to double up flip-flops and flats if needed. Even my size 9.5 shoes (aka skis) have wiggle room.

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However, the cubbies aren’t large enough for my boots. I store those in a separate space:

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Sorry about the grainy photo. The shadowy recesses of my closet don’t offer great lighting. Anyway, I keep my boots on a couple of built-in shelves. The previous homeowners had shelving systems installed in most of our closets, and needless to say, it was a huge selling point for me. Home Depot and Lowes sell similar closet kits, which you can install yourself. These sets allow you to start small and add on as needed.

If built-ins aren’t the direction you want to go, there are plenty of other options on the market. Here are some clever shoe storage products I’ve encountered:

  1. Shoe Tree

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3.  Hanging Shoe Organizer

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Purses

I don’t have many purses, and those I do own aren’t super fancy. Translation: My storage method isn’t super fancy. I’m not afraid to let them lie flat and a bit squished.

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I store them all in a low-profile container that easily slides onto a top closet shelf. Since I don’t often swap out my purses, it’s convenient to keep them out of the way. However, if you’re prone to switching your bag daily, this probably won’t work for you.

For those of you with a little more fashion finesse than myself, I’ll offer up some classier storage options:

  1. Linen Purse Storage Binpursebox.pngAt $19.99 a pop, I would be cramming as many purses into this box as possible, but I have to admit, they do look quite nice all lined up. I often shop at The Container Store for inspiration and then go elsewhere for my actual purchase. I love a good knock-off, especially one that I come up with myself. These bins wouldn’t be difficult to recreate with a cardboard box, some fabric, and a hot glue gun. Or if that seems like too much effort, these half-size, cube bins would do the trick ($5.99 at Target).

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2.  Hanging Purse Rack

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3.  Shower Curtain Hangers

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How cute and simple is this idea from Home Made by Carmona? Why didn’t I think of this?!

 

Scarves

What I’m lacking in purses, I make up for in scarves. ⇓⇓⇓

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Yeah, I need to simplify my scarf collection. It’s on my to-do list.

Anyway, my husband gets the credit for this clever storage idea. He bought me a dress pants hanger similar to this one: 11014483

I had been cramming my scarves onto a single hanger, so this was a major upgrade. Thanks Hubs!

Here are some other ingenious storage options:

1.  Use a regular clothes hanger and loop shower curtain rings around it. Hang your scarves through the rings.51PNVDmNhZL._SX522_

2.  Umbra Estique Scarf Organizer

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3. Over-The-Door Shoe Organizer

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A great option for tight spaces. Hang behind your closet door and tuck folded scarves into the compartments.

 

Winter Gear

Toboggans, gloves, earmuffs, etc.

You don’t need a sophisticated system for winter gear. Ease of access is most important…something you can pull out when needed and tuck away during the warmer months. I find it easiest to group all of my cold weather accessories together in a bin. When winter ends, I simply move the container to a top shelf until next season.

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The top shelf holds my winter gear. The bankers box on the bottom stores my paper mementos. I’ll share that system in a later post.

Some other ideas…

1.  Clear, Stackable Accessory Drawer

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Dividers allow you to customize the space. You could separate gloves from earmuffs, hats from wool socks. The thrilling possibilities are endless!

2.  Three Drawer Organizer

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I should have included this organizer on my list of favorite products. I own five. They are so versatile that I use them for all sorts of items…craft supplies, board games, party decorations. I even have a smaller version in my bathroom cabinet for makeup and my collection of hijacked hotel toiletries.

This organizer would work for winter gear as well. The clear version allows you to see the contents, but I prefer cream or white for a cleaner look. When I’m feeling extra ambitious and crafty, I make cute labels out of scrapbook paper for each drawer. And FYI, the wheels are removable.

3. Entryway Storage Bench

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I’m a sucker for furniture that doubles as storage. This bench would be perfect for cold weather gear. Just position it in your entryway, slide in a couple of baskets in the bottom compartment, and voila…you’ve practically got a mudroom. When summer comes along, replace the winter accessories with brimmed hats, sunscreen, and flip-flops.


 

Well, that wraps up The Bedroom Closet Series. I hope your closet looks a bit roomier and tidier…or at the very least, you’re motivated to tackle it soon.

The important thing in this process is to maintain perspective. We own our belongings, not the other way around. Don’t be a slave to your possessions. Set yourself free with a giant garage bag and an open hand.

 

 

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