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Madrona Master Closet Organization: DIY Belt Hanger

Thursday, December 5, 2013

In the case of the Madrona Master Closet the verdict was clear: my client needed a system for her belts. Previously they had all been crowded onto two large hooks. The result was a muddle of vertical objects that necessarily inspired a small avalanche of strings whenever one attempted to extract just one band, no es Live Simply-o.

I decided that the best way to keep the belts organized, and allow for maximum flexibility in terms of varying belt sizes and buckles, would be to DIM (that’s do it myself). So off I traipsed to the Home Depot, where I picked up a curtain rod and some shower curtain rings


The result is a system that’s easy and that caters to belts both large and small. 

Being that the curtain rod doesn’t protrude very much at all from the wall, the system feels wholly unobtrusive. Belts (you) do better at retaining orderliness when they’re hung individually (or no more than 2-3 per hook). Slinging the rings onto a rod means that you have only to drill two holes in the wall, rather than twenty, while still gaining the lot of loops.  

That’s that. 

6 1/2 Systems for Organizing Scarves

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Despite how easy scarves are to throw around your neck, for many of you they are a real hinderance when it comes to storage. They can feel like lasagna noodles if you try to fold them– slipping and unfolding no matter how hard you try to keep them neat. If you throw them in a basket, they become a balled up mess of differing patterns and colors. Amazing how just a little, thin bit of fabric can turn into such a sloppy mess. The trick is to make a few key adjustments in your storage tactics. These tricks make all the difference:

Knot them

Ah, the magic of the knot. Scarves become ridiculously manageable the minute you master this system. Best of all, you can knot them over just about anything– a hanger, a towel rack, etc. Simply fold your scarf in half, holding the looped end over the bar, and feed the ends of the scarf through the loop, and over your bar of choice. Tad-ah! Don’t pull too tight, keep your knot nice and loose, and the scarf will be a breeze to pull off and throw on.

Loop them

One step before the knot- another option is to simply feed your scarf halfway through a circular hook- like these shower curtain rings.

Hang them

Depending on the nature of your space and the amount of scarves you have, you may just want to go with the old standby of hanging them on hooks. I recommend hanging as few as possible from each hook, in order to make removing and replacing easy peasy.

Clip them

Clipping your scarves up is another option for keeping them organized. You can purchase singular and specialized clips like the ones pictured below, or you can simply repurpose your pants and skirts hangers that have clips on either end of them.

Drape them

If you’re dealing with a limited number of scarves, you might consider just folding and draping them over a hanger or another runged creature, like this ladder:

Roll & drawer them

If you’re going to store scarves inside of a drawer, storage bin, box, or basket, I recommend rolling them up rather than folding them. I’m usually never one to prefer the roll over the fold, but, as per the lasagna noodle reference above, folding scarves is just kind of futile. They won’t stay put.

If a compromise between the roll and the fold is what you fancy, then try using a prop; wrap your scarves around a piece of cardboard, and you’ll end up with scarves that are amazingly neat, and that store quite beautifully away in a drawer.

Image credits: Charlotte MagazineCakitchesSusan H.LaBelleMelMisadventures of a SFHReal Simple, In Honor of Design, unknown x2, Martha StewartReal SimpleReal Simple, unknown, Marilyn.ca

Handbag Storage Demystified

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Now that you’ve organized the inside of your purse, it’s time to tackle handbag storage. Bear in mind that you’ll want to maintain optimum visibility and accessibility to your bags or they’ll never get worn, and you’ll want to choose the storage option that’s best suited to your particular closet space. A few tactics:

Shelf them

shelves are a no-fail option for medium and smaller-sized bags. Stack them upright side by side and you’re guaranteed to be able to see them all. Prop your purses up with shelf dividers or decorative bookends to ensure that your pretties stand up straight, rather than toppling over incessantly.

Cubby them

By now you well know that cubbies are a sure-thing for organizing most anything. Cubbies can serve as the perfect home for your hobos by helping them stay neatly upright.

Hook them

For finicky pocketbooks that turn their nose up at such commonplace storage methods as shelving, opt to suspend your satchels from S hooks:

Or dangle from shower rings:

The best of all worlds

If you’re one of the fortunate few with a closet built just for you, you may differentiate storage methods based on the bag. Give clutches and smaller purses the shelf treatment, while the larger, droopier sacks get hung. And everybody’s happy!

Bonus points:

– Empty handbags prior to storing them, or you may just end up with an ink bleed all over the supple lining of your Vuitton.

– If storing handbags in dust bags, be sure to label either the outside cover or the shelf to enable identification.

– Finally, you’ve all been told to stuff your bags with tissue or newspaper in order to retain their shape. For any of you who’ve heeded this advice, its meant the hassle of dealing with wads of paper every time you trade your tote. Until an ingenious tip a la Jeffrey Phillip, to stuff handbags with shoe bags that have been filled with crumpled newspaper. The shoe bags help the handbags maintain their shape, and grabbing a new pocketbook is always a breeze; all you have to do is remove the stuffed bag, the paper staying contained all the while.

Image credits: Lucky Mag, IKEA Hackers, O Magazine, Kelly WearstlerDecorpad, The SelbyThe SelbyKaboodle, Park-A-Purse Closet, Real Simple, Mary McDonaldBabble x2, unknown, Oprah