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.