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The How-To Lounge: Storing Your Handbags

If you're anything like me, you love your handbags, but what about storing them? Where do you find room for them all, especially if you are working with minimal closet space? I am here to give you some tips on how to keep your bags safe and dust free.

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  • Most handbags come in a protective bag, similar to a shoe bag -- don't throw them out. Use them for storage to protect against dust and dirt, especially on those pricey pieces that you want to keep looking as new as possible
  • Some bags will lose their shape if they are not kept full, so keep some tissue paper handy and remember to stuff your purse if you are not using it
  • The Container Store is a great place to purchase totes or hanging handbag files for your closet. If you are limited with space, under your bed is a great place to store items that are not currently in your rotation
  • Hanging your bags on a hook in your closet, or on a free wall is another way to both store your handbags, and keep inventory of them. Again, it is best to hang them in their dust bag for added protection, especially if your bag is white or patent leather, which can take on color from another bag
  • Storing clutches is much easier as they take up less room. I suggest using a bin to store them in that you can put on a shelf in your closet, under your bed, or anywhere that you have extra storage space

I hope you find these tips helpful. Remember to always pretreat your handbags before using them -- you want to prevent them from as much wear and tear as possible! If any of you have other suggestions, please feel free to share them in the comments below.


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AdrianaC AdrianaC 10 years
lol fab4 i hear ya
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
When I purchase bags, I always ask for a gift box. So all my bags are in their duster, and in a box for easy stacking on shelves in my closet!
auddie auddie 10 years
I always stuff my bags with crumpled newspapers when they are stored away. It helps keep the shape, and it absorbs any moisture or smells (like smoke from the bar), and it doesn't discolor the lining at all.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
My bags I use a lot hang on my desk chair (there's like 12 probably lol) and the ones that I don't use too often or are really expensive or more formal are on the top of my closet on the shelve in a big bag.
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
The dustbags are a must, and I stuff mine with tissue paper or those plastic sacks of air that come sometimes when you order things online, like the alternate to the foam peanuts. I find it works well and no mess. For some of my purses, I keep them in the box it came in as well.
brokenbracelet brokenbracelet 10 years
I've never bought a purse that came with a dust bag! TJ Maxx purses are just not that pricey lol ;)
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Awesome how to Dear! I always keep my dust bags because they double as a laundry bag when traveling.
cubadog cubadog 10 years
My spendy bags Gucci, Marc Jacobs I stuff with bubble wrap so they hold there shape. I lucked out and have a huge closet in my apartment so I can have them on a shelf. I don't have a lot of them so I want to take great care of them. My cheap bags are shoved in one of my suitcases.
rainonme224 rainonme224 10 years
great tips!
fab4 fab4 10 years
none of mine are expensive enough to do any of this with
blackjade blackjade 10 years
I'm horrible to all but two of my bags. One that I love gets prime real estate on the handle of my closet, and my farmers market bag from Kenya hangs in the hall closet for east Saturday morning access. The rest are relegated to a bin that sits just outside my closet, I occasional arrange them 'nicely' but after a while it's just a horrible sight of big bags crushing little bags, clutches crammed in a corner. I've finally managed to stuff a few unused college sweatshirts in my big commute bag to keep it's shape (I'm just not loving it right now, I'll probably break it out religiously in a few months). There might sill be hope if I can just manage to clear off the top shelf in the closet...
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
I really need to use some of these tips, especially the idea of storage bins under my bed. I currently have all my bags in a large bag in my closet...not the best place.
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