Some of us are serious purse addicts and while no one is pointing fingers here, it's time to take control of our obsessions. There are closets, drawers, cabinets and even ovens out there filled with purses. We can tell you as organizational experts, we've seen it all.
Now, if you're Jeffrey Phillip, you saw the inside of Gayle King's closet and sorry Gayle, but it wasn't pretty. You'll remember we shared the story of King's makeover featured in the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine recently, where O Magazine's creative director, Adam Glassman and our friend + professional organizer extraordinaire, Jeffrey Phillip had their way to the center of Gayle's closet. Shown here is the "after" shot (thank you, The Coveteur) of the closet intervention.
Jeffrey might not be working his magic on your closet anytime soon, but here are a few easy tips to organize your handbags right now:
- File them: Use a GLAMdivide for clutches and small bags, because they're genius. They sit right on a closet shelf and BTW, are also stackable. Acrylic or wire shelf dividers also do the trick and there's a price point for every budget.
- Use Hanging Shelves, Hanging Purse Organizers, hanging sweater shelves and hanging shoe organizers. They're designed to hang on a closet rod and there's a solution for every size purse or clutch in your collection.
- Contain them: Use Storage Bins to contain and store handbags. If you're short on space, under the bed storage is always a good idea and is usually unused "free space".
- Hang them: Go vertical and use over door storage and over the door racks. Hang your long strapped bags in the back so they hang low – then work your way to short straps in the front to maximize the hook capacity.
To keep bags clean, keep a good leather cleaner on hand. We may be partial, but we LOVE The Bag Butler Leather Cleaner & Conditioner from Murchison-Hume. We're pretty sure you will, too.
-xo/deb + allie