I have jewellery and other random things (like body sprays, hair ties, makeup, etc.) cluttering my dresser top right now. Do you have any cute ideas for organizing and displaying everything? I also have a mirror hung over it with lots of wall space. thanks, and keep up the awesome work on here! (:
Thanks for the great question Christyy, at first I wasn’t sure how to answer this question because the terms I was searching by were coming up bupkiss. Then today it occurred to me that you need to compartmentalize your trinkets and sprays and with that it was super easy!
First off can I tell you how lucky you are that you have lots of wall space above your dresser and around your mirror. You can do things like:
Hang a series of painted drawers perfect for holding jewelry, body sprays and hair things. Source
Or keep it simple with a single drawer organizer tray painted to match your room. Source
As-easy-as-it-gets-hooks can hold near every kind of accessory you have if you look around or the right ones. (I managed to lose the source of this photo, does anyone know it’s origin?)
Now that we have covered the walls, lets check out some nifty dresser top ideas:
You could pick up a couple lampshades from the thrift shop and fashion them into bowls for your hair do-dads. Source
If you sew you could make yourself a couple fabric caddies for your sprays and cosmetics. Source
I have had a love affair with these tins since January. You could easily fashion up some couture ones of your own for your make up brushes. Source
Last but not least, you could raid your mom’s china stash for the perfect little dishes for your hair bits, and make up etc. Source
I hope this post helped you clear some of that clutter! Thanks for asking such a great question and please, don’t forget to share pictures when you are done! Cheers,M.
I first want to say I LOVE your blog! It has been more than helpful on many many MANY occasions! And now I have a question for you (: I have belts. Lots and lots of belts of all shapes and sizes and I have absolutely no place to put them that is convenient when I am trying to get ready. Right now I have them shoved into a box and it’s just bleh. Do you have any suggestions to help me store my belts???? Thanks for your awesome blog! (:
Well thank you so much for the sweet words! And, great question! At first I thought the options were limited but in fact I found a few great ideas!
I really like this how to from Martha Stewart, bonus if you are hanging it on a rod because then you can make it double sided. Also, Martha points out that by using matching wooden hangers you can keep your closet coordinated. But you coud also do what I do and just saunter down to your local charity shop and pick up some wooden hangers for pennies.
If you need a bigger hanger for a plethora of belts you could always adapt the Martha tutorial like Faith of DIgenY did. Just add more hangers as your belt collection increases.
There is always the clear shoe organizer just like this little bit of organization found at Charmseed Studios. Good for everything from shoes to Barbie dolls! If you fit two belts to a pocket you could store up to 48 belts!
This is perhaps my favourite option, and I think would work for you since you already keep them in a box. Add cubbies to your drawer or box with one of these drawer organizers for a sleek and organized look. Also, even if you have to tuck away your belts, you can still see a lot (min 16) at once.
This is perhaps the most fun option! An old rake head is perfect for holding belts, ties and scarves. I even asked hubby for one and he told me fat chance and to go find my own! But your local thrift shops or flea market might have a few!
All these options make me want to expand my very minimal belt collection. I hope they inspired you to find a solution that works for you! Pease do share pictures of your project! Cheers,M.
Any advice on how to store purses and bags? I have a ton but haven’t found a good way to store them!
Another fabulous question! Purse storage can be tricky much like shoes, we tend to acquire so many so quickly. And a great bag is worth holding onto until it no longer functions. I never used to be a handbag gal, I was so picky about them that I rarely found one that ‘did it for me’. Now though, I can’t get enough quality leather purses, granny purses, vintage beaded party bags, plus I love making clutches so storage has become an issue for me as well. That being said I have done some googling and this is what I have discovered.
First off, for storing your high end bags I recommend a shelf system with divider supports. You can use these stylish clear Acrylic Shelf Dividers or more practical metal ones. The reason I recommend a shelf system is because long term storage by hanging can eventually damage(stretch) the strap.
These hanging closet organizers are probably my favourite because they are reasonably priced and also protect against dust. I had one for shoes given to me by my mom because she was tired of wiping the clear vinyl free of dust. To clean it, I just throw it in the washing machine with towels and hang to dry.Unfortunately, I haven’t the space for the sweater hanger or carousel one though. *tear* US residents can purchase the two pack of organizers here on Ebay and the carousel organizer can be purchased here on EBay.
If you are not lucky enough to have shelf space to devote to your handbags, or none at all you have other options.
These Handy Hold Alls from Simply Sarah Shaw are definitely handy. My roomate bought me one for Christmas years ago and when I had grown out of it I passed it on to my mom who loves hers. For those with a small to medium sized purse collection this is definitely an option. I like it because it doesn’t have to hang on a door (Which are of short supply in lofts and studio spaces.) but is small enough to fit in closets of all sizes or on bedroom walls. You could also DIY one these easy enough with fabric and snaps/buttons/ribbons etc.
Although I haven’t the door for this you might and I think it is a fabulously pratical solution. The Jokari Purse rack holds up to eight purses per strap and mounts on a door. That is a lot of purse storage for under twelve dollars.
For those of you with more space and higher budgets you can always build cubbies and store your purses like works of art like this lucky lady on Flickr.
There you go, handbag storage solutions for every budget and (hopefully) space limitations. Thanks so much for asking another great question! Cheers, M.